WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving team and fourth-year head coach Larry Curran are hoping for the best with their 10-member team, the smallest since the 2006-07 season.
The Bison are stressing "Excellence through commitment" as they are working hard to reach their goals in and out of the pool. With half of the men's team returning and the other half are new faces the Bison are learning the challenges that come along with competing in the NCAA.
"My goal is to take everybody that comes out for the team and try to teach them as much as I can and help them progress as far forward in their goals as they can get," said Curran. "The things they learn besides swimming, the time management skills, that they are able to handle responsibilities, and that they understand what a commitment is and what it means to be a part of a larger group that depends on them are really important."
NEAC Record: 1-2
NEAC Championship: 4th place
Ryan Klock (Payullup, Wash.), Jr.
Klock returns for his third year on the Gallaudet men's swimming and diving team and has been named team captain for the 2015-16 season.
Dary Berke (Fremont, Calif.), Jr.
Berke returns for his second season with the Bison swimming team. He is currently a member of the Gallaudet men's cross country team and will rejoin the swim team at the completion of the cross country season. Berke is a competitor in sprint events and was on the verge of a personal breakthrough during conference championships last season.
Abdiel Dávila-Cruz, Sprints
Dávila-Cruz swam with the Bison for two years in sprint events and earned all-conference honors both years.
Nathan Parkin, Distance
Parkin swam with the Bison for one year as a distance swimmer and was a leading scorer for Gallaudet.
Gideon Firl (Frederick, Md.), Fr.
Firl is a gifted athlete who is rapidly learning new techniques and improving every day with a high potential for developing into an elite swimmer.
"The men's team only has 10 men. We are looking for some real leadership out of Ryan (Klock). I'm looking forward to the team stepping up to their commitments and that will give us the best team under any circumstances, no matter the conditions. " Larry Curran, Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving head coach.
- Season opener: at Frostburg St. (Sat., Oct. 17)
- Conference Opener: at Cazenovia (Fri., Oct. 30)
- Home opener: vs. SUNY Cobleskill, Wells (Sat. Dec. 5)
- Senior Day: vs. Stevenson (Sat., Jan. 23)
- NEAC Tournament: @ Cazenovia, N.Y. (Feb 12-14)
BISON HOME MEETS
Nov. 21 vs. Cedar Crest, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. SUNY Cobleskill, Wells, 11 a.m.
Jan. 21 vs. Notre Dame (Md.), 6 p.m.
Jan. 23 vs. Stevenson, 1 p.m.