Season Preview: Men's Swimming Heads into 2022-23 With Individual Success in Mind

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Wheeling, W. Va. – As the Wheeling University Men’s Swimming program restarted last season, they were a small group that gained a lot of experience. As they head into 2022-23, both swimmers from last year’s team are back and one additional swimmer continues to grow the program as they compete in their second full season since 2016-17. They will have plenty of opportunities in front of their home fans this season and look to use their home pool to their advantage. 

Last season, Ethan Banks and Nathan Yost would compete for Wheeling as they went through a strong Mountain East Conference Schedule. Throughout the year, the two swimmers continued to improve their times and get better in the pool, leading up to the 2022 Mountain East Conference (MEC)/Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) Championships. The Cardinals did not have an individual champion in any of their events but had strong showings from both swimmers across the three days. After gaining experience in their events through last season, the team looks to build off those successes as they continue to lay the foundation for the program’s future. 

Ethan Banks comes in as the veteran of the group, entering his junior year and his second year with the Wheeling University Swimming team. Banks was the team’s top scorer at the GMAC/MEC Championships, with his best performance coming in the 1,000-yard Freestyle on day one. He swam the 5th fastest time out of MEC Competitors while also making his mark in the history books with the fifth fastest time in the event in program history. Banks also picked up a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the event to round out a strong performance. He has shown that he can excel in the distance swimming events as well as the shirt game and looks to be the leader of this young team. 

Returning to join Banks in the pool is sophomore Nathan Yost, who had his own run of success swimming in the shorter events. His top performance from last season came in the 200-yard freestyle when he took home sixth place and he followed it up with an 8th place finish in the 50-yard backstroke, where he ranked ninth best in program history. The one new swimmer for the Cardinals is Tadiwa Tayali, who transferred in from Iowa Central Community College. He swam in the 2021-22 NJCAA National Championships and finished strong in the 50-yard Freestyle, finishing 14th overall.  

With a small team, the Cardinals will be looking more at the individual growth of their swimmers rather than the team results at the end of the day. New Wheeling University Head Swimming Coach Cory Kephart will get a chance to work with all three swimmers and help them with things they need to work on while bringing out their strengths. The Cardinals have seven home events during the upcoming season and will look to use their time in their home pool to their advantage. 

The Wheeling University Men’s Swimming team kicks off the 2022-23 season on Friday, October 14th, when they swim in the West Virginia State Games, hosted by Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia. 


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