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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Swimming Holds Intrasquad Meet -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Swimming Began a Three Day Scrimmage Friday

As the swimming season is set to get underway in some capacity soon, Louisville's squad has begun its preparations for the upcoming year. Yesterday, the Cards began a three day "meet" designed to mimic the layout of a championship meet, with preliminary heats and final races. Though the structure to these types of meets is similar, the invite list is not, as Louisville is competing only against themselves. While there's nothing on the public swimming and diving schedule, with basketball set to begin next week, swimming and diving (officially another winter sport) is sure to follow. 

With Sophie Cattermole, Molly Fears, and Grace Oglesby (among many others) all graduating last year, much of the familiarity from last year's team is gone. That isn't to say that there aren't new names that we should get to know, as there surely will be. One new name that you might be familiar with is Gabi Albiero. Gabi is the daughter of Arthur and sister of Nick. She's also a pretty good swimmer, coming to Louisville by way of CAL (where her mother is the head coach; big swimming family) ranked in the top 15 recruits by major swimming publications. Gabi made her presence known yesterday by topping the team in the 50 freestyle. She was also a member of the winning 200 relay team, along with Christiana Regenauer, Kaylee Wheeler, and Katie Schorr. Ashlyn Schoof combined with Albiero, Regenauer, and Wheeler to win the 400 medley.

Individual medium distance saw a new standout in Maria Sumida, who took the win in both the 500 freestyle (is that medium or long distance? I couldn't swim for that long) and the 200 individual medley. Today's events will be the 200 medley relay, the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 800 free relay. We'll see if some of the same swimmers stand out or if some more can challenge them for the top spots. Louisville's long history of swimming champions is not likely to end soon, so this meet will be a great time to try to find the next one. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

In an extremely unlikely turn of events, we have a week in November with no games or matches of any kind to review for the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. Fortunately, basketball is on the horizon, and Louisville will (presumably) get their season underway against Middle Tennessee on Wednesday evening. We'll have a full house for this week's Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast, and we'll discuss more of the award watch lists that were put out this week as well as preview the upcoming week that is. Make sure to tune in to the Cardinal Couple YouTube Channel at 11AM for the live show, or check out the podcast or video replay after the show airs.

Until next time, Go Cards!

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