Senior Jenny VanEtten finished her four-year swimming career at Oswego State with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley at the State University of New York Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
The win marked VanEtten’s first SUNYAC championship title.
"Last year, I was a two-time All-American at Nationals and broke school and conference records, but at the actual SUNYAC Championships, I was only SUNYAC All-Conference second team, so it felt really good to finally win a SUNYAC event," VanEtten said.
VanEtten swam the 200 individual medley in 2:10.73, finishing approximately two seconds ahead of her nearest opponent. VanEtten also came in third in the 200 breaststroke, fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth on her 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays at the championships.
"I definitely had some goal times that I had wanted to achieve, but more importantly, because it was my senior year, I wanted to have fun, try my best and know that I had given it my all in the end," said VanEtten when talking about expectations for the championship meet.
The hard work and determination VanEtten has shown throughout her four years on the swim team has proved to make a difference in her swimming career.
Although working hard was always a priority for VanEtten, she continually made sure her team had fun, whether it was at practice or at the championships.
"As far as the Oswego [State] Lakers, we have so many traditions we do as a team that help up get psyched and ready to swim fast at SUNYACs," Van Etten said. "We always strive to be the best team on deck, as far as supporting each other, cheering, and making it a place you want to be not only to swim fast, but have fun as well, and that is what makes Oswego State a great team to be a part of."
Although next swimming season VanEtten will not be a part of the Oswego State team, her accomplishments from the previous years will still be very much apparent.
"Jenny has been an important part of our team for the past four years," head coach Mike Holman said. "She has experienced many successes. We will miss her contributions."
VanEtten was also named the Oswego State Athlete of the Week for her performance at the State University of New York Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Eerie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.