T.J. Natal's Comments Heading Into The 2012-13 Season Opener At UALR



Oct. 5, 2012

On opening the season on Saturday at UALR
"I think the team is very excited, especially the freshmen. They're pumped and excited to get out and start their college experience, as well as the rest of the girls. This will be the first time in the past four years that we'll have a travel squad, so in correlation with last week's intrasquad meet, we chose our travelling team that will be going to Little Rock this weekend."

On how the Green Wave match up with the Trojans
"I think we match up very well against them. We're swimming a format the definitely benefits us in the shorter sprint side, especially this early in the season. I think our girls are prepared and I believe we are matched up very nicely in the events that we're going to swim against them."

On taking the pool with a full allotment of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors
"I definitely think the freshmen and sophomores are going to benefit the most from the leadership on the team, especially from the seniors. The seniors have kind of done this before. There's a new kind of excitement in the air this year. I think it'll especially benefit them with how we're rooming them this year. All of our freshmen will be rooming with a senior. I'm sure there is going to be some late-night jitters and some nerves when they wake up on Saturday morning as well. I look for that senior leadership to help calm those nerves, show them the ropes and show them how to prepare for their first college meet."

On how important he thinks it is to start the season on a good note
"I think it's very important. The girls have been training extremely well. They putting in lots of hard work and I think it's very important for them to see a little progress in the beginning of the season. I don't think we're going to put up spectacular times or anything out of this world, but I think the girls are very confident in what we've done. To show results that back that up would go a long way to carrying us through the rest of the season. I think it's very important for us to get off on the right foot."



On how practice has gone recently and who he expects to have a good meet at UALR
"Practice has been off the charts in the last week and a half to two weeks. The morale of the team, the motivation and the work ethic have been coming forth and I think we're really primed to have a good meet. I look for two freshmen to have standout meets here. I look for Emily Cook and Mia Schachter to have break-out meets on the freshmen side. I also think we're going to have some upperclassmen - Elizabeth Whitaker, Allie Evans and probably a couple of others - with some good swims."