The second time around
WESTMINSTER, Md. – A year ago, the McDaniel men's and women's swimming teams had the uncertainty of a new coach when the season started. By the end of the season, the Green Terror had responded.
The women defeated Dickinson for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Freshman Emma Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) was a part of six women's records set at the Centennial Conference (CC) championship meet.
On the men's side, Bryan Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) was part of three records at the championship meet.
And, the list could go on for Jeff Hiestand's first season at the helm after nine years as an assistant.
For Hiestand's encore, McDaniel will look to improve on its placefinish come a return trip to Gettysburg for the championship meet in February.
The Green Terror men will look to Nuckles, Jesse Mills (Catonsville, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and Patrick Rogers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) among other returns to continue to lead by example with additional talent in the freshman class.
The McDaniel women have two seniors and a quintet of sophomores who have had success and will look to continue that upward trend.
Rachel Walega (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) and Jessica Fry (St. Mary's, Ga./Camden County) have one more go-round to etch their names in the history books while Duesterhaus, Brittney Lenz (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), Mariel Ramey (Framingham, Mass./Keystone National), Abbie Schickler (Montgomery Village, Md./Covenant Life) and Kerrie Vanscoy (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) will build on strong rookie campaign when the season opens against Division I competition on Saturday at Mt. St. Mary's.
Click play below to watch and listen to Coach Hiestand preview the upcoming season.