Women's swimming to begin next year under guidance of Jones-Lin
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Westmont College has finally opened up the option for students to join the women’s swim team. This swim team will be officially up and running during the Fall 2019 semester under the leadership of Coach Jill Jones-Lin.
Jones-Lin dives into the new team with 19 years of swimming experience that ranges from year round competitive high school swim all the way up to the collegiate level. As an alumna of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she competed as a NCAA Division I swimmer while serving as team captain for two years. Her focus for this team is to have a tight group of women who will build each other up spiritually and communally, while also pushing towards having a very competitive team that will reach top places in meets.
“I have been in and out of the competitive swim world since I was 5 years old and Jill Jones-Lin is by far one of the most amazing coaches I’ve had the opportunity to swim for,” said Olivia Huebner. “I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see how we do competing next year.”
Recruits have already been signed for next season, as well as walk-ons that are currently enrolled at Westmont. Most of the tentative team have been swimmers in high school, but were not initially given the opportunity to swim for Westmont. However, that door has been gracefully opened for these swimmers and all of the women are excited to jump back into the water.
Sam Allensworth, a current sophomore at Westmont College, has swam in high school as well as water polo. “I’m so excited to be apart of our growing team and see what’s in store for our upcoming season,” said Allensworth.
Next year’s team has officially joined the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC). This conference includes schools like The Master’s, Arizona Christian and Soka, as well as former Golden State Athletic Conference members Azusa Pacific, Biola, Concordia, and Fresno Pacific. This conference opens up an opportunity for the students to compete against multiple divisions ranging from Division I to Division III universities. Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell says that he is “especially excited to renew rivalries with our old friends from the GSAC.”
Spring practices have already started for the swim team. The practices take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and on Fridays from 2-3 p.m. These practices, though specifically for the team, are also open to anyone else who would like to come and swim with the team. There have been students who have showed up simply because they missed the pool, such as senior lifeguard Kyle Hansen and Dominick Vega. Both Hansen and Vega swam in high school, but have not yet been offered a men’s swimming team to train with. Coach Jones-Lin is more than happy to have more students practice with the team for the remainder of the spring semester.