Oklahoma Christian University’s swim team races for the first time in school history, Friday at 3 p.m. The men and women’s teams will travel to Oklahoma Baptist University to compete in the Shawnee Invitational.
“We’re really excited to race for the first time,” freshman swimmer Hanna Forbat said. “The goal is to maintain good technique and good race strategy in preparation for bigger meets.”
At the meet, Oklahoma Christian will battle Oklahoma Baptist as all 52 Eagles plan to compete.
In support, Oklahoma Christian’s Student Government Association encourages everyone to car pool to Shawnee to cheer on the swim team. President John deSteiguer will also be in attendance at this historical event.
“Normally, swimming isn’t a popular sport to come watch,” Forbat said. “We are absolutely ecstatic. The support we have is helpful.”
While encouraging the Eagles during their races, Forbat suggests cheering and waving provides the most encouragement.
“Yelling ‘Go’ is good,” Forbat said. “Also, make hand motions when we breathe your way, so we can see you.”
Oklahoma Baptist begins their sixth season on Friday, while Oklahoma Christian hopes to gain a victory in the opening meet of both the season and program.
Forbat said the chance to make history is what drew her to Oklahoma Christian.
“That was the fun thing about coming to Oklahoma Christian to have that opportunity,” Forbat said. “We’re all motivated and ready to work hard.”