GREENSBORO-Senior Night is always a highlight of any collegiate sports season, as the team honors the contributions and successes of each senior in the course of their season. But for the North Carolina A&T swimming team, it will also mark the beginning of the second half of their season.
The Aggies will kick off their spring semester competition with a meet against Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association conference opponent Radford at 5 p.m. at Corbett Sports Center. They have two other meets before competing in the CCSA Championships from Feb. 16-18.
"A lot of times we have a lot of alumni come back for Senior Night," said coach Shawn Hendrix. "It's always exciting to have the alumni come back to look and see where we are. But it's a whirlwind. We get cranked up and then it's all over."
It will be the Aggies' first meet since competing in the Highlander Invitational from Nov. 17-19, and the Aggies (2-13) are eager to get back in the pool, and are thoroughly excited to honor senior Carolyn Pratt in a pre-meet ceremony.
"Carolyn is an all-around athlete," said Hendrix. "She can do different sports and do them all well. She's been doing well her senior year. I'm excited about that. She's been a mom or grandma on the team, helping to keep the peace. She's a peacemaker. She's genuine, and honest and up front."
Overall, the team is excited for the meet.
"We've gone back to two-a-days with weight training," said Hendrix, adding that most of her athletes swam with their club teams back at home over the winter break to stay in shape. "It's an exciting time, but we have six to eight weeks and then it's over. It goes by fast."
Radford, with its larger team, will present a challenge for the Aggies on Friday. The Highlanders have a better chance to score points because they can multiple people in each event.
However,the Aggies place their emphasis on dropping times in preparation for the CCSA Championships over collecting points. And swimming against tough competition this late in the season against a conference opponent will help the Aggies prepare for the Championship meet in February.
"The main thing is to prepare for championships, constantly compete to drop their individual times," Hendrix said.