Women's Swim Team Wins 3rd National Title, Men finish 5th

Coach Hunsinger Named NJCAA Women’s Co-Coach of the Year

The Men and Women’s swimming teams traveled up the thruway to ECC for this year's NJCAA National Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. After a long season that saw the Swimming Cougars improve each meet, success was at the end to meet them. The Lady Cougars captured their third NJCAA Non-scholarship National Championship, having won their last 2 also at ECC. The women’s team finished fifth overall with 217 points behind 4 scholarship programs. The women’s team winning the title may have been enough for Coach Hunsinger, but to top it off he was selected as the NJCAA Women’s Co-Coach of the Year. Coach Hunsinger shared the honor with Dan Dubois of Monroe. “It was a great way to end a very long year. I would not have been honored in this way if had not been for the incredible group of student-athletes that I get to work with. It is also very special to share the award with Dan who is an incredible coach and a good friend.” Hunsinger said.

The team was led by Ellie Zaepfel, Alyssa Andrews, Marie Bowen, Stefanie Platt and Jaclyn Barido-Asmuth who were all named All-American. In order to attain All-American status the swimmer must finish in the top 16 at nationals in an event. The Women’s team amassed a total of 5 All American relays and 11 Individual All American performances. “Every one of these young ladies gave it their all. The hard work and dedication that they put in from day 1 paid off when we needed it to the most. I am very proud of every one of my athletes” commented Hunsinger, who is in his 8th year as Head Coach of the Swimming Cougars.

The Men’s team finished 10th overall with 80 points which was a vast improvement from the 2005-2006 season. Only DuPage, Erie, Ocean and Alfred finished above the cougars. The Men’s Team was led by sophomore captain Eric Wixon who was a seven time All-American at this years National Tournament. Wixon continued the fast swimming he started at Regionals dropping another 2 minutes and 17 seconds in the 1650. Wixon became only the 2nd GCC Male Swimming to go under 20:00 in the mile. “Eric is an incredible athlete and young man. He is one of the hardest working athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching over my 22 years in swimming” Hunsinger stated. Wixon was joined by Andy Fountain, Scott Compertore, Genkie Nakamura, and Chris Shingleton who also made All-American status in one or more events.