The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team travels to Oxford, Ohio, this week for the Mid-American Conference Championships.
The Cardinals are 4-5 (0-3 MAC) this season and have six women in the top 20 of the conference in their events. Freshman Cassidy Blackwin is 19th in the 1650 freestyle. Freshman Anne Vormohr has the 16th-best time in the 200 backstroke, and junior Amanda Kedzierski is seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
The team will face Akron, Bowling Green State, Toledo, Ohio, Miami, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan.
Senior co-captain Courtney Mudd said she's excited to compete in her fourth MAC Tournament.
“I'm very excited going into MAC,” Mudd said. “I feel good in the water and confident. I'm excited to share my last meet and MAC with the freshmen.”
Senior Kim Scott, co-captain with Mudd, shares the same feelings about this being her last conference meet.
“In years past, I have gotten very wrapped up in the pressure and the nerves and this year I am kind of at peace,” Scott said. “I am mainly focusing on the experience instead of the outcome.”
This will be a long week for the team, but a trainer is traveling with the Cardinals to help with recovery, which Mudd said will have an impact on their races this weekend.
Scott said their main priority, as usual, is to get in the pool, have fun and do great individually.
“The only competition is ourselves,” Scott said. “As long as each of us get personal bests, then we have achieved our goal.”
The meet begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday.