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Swimming Names 2018-19 Captains

headshots of laurel glover, kelley hilliker, tito alcazar and jarratt davis with the bridgewater swimming logo

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College swimming program has voted on its captains for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The women's team will be captained by seniors Laurel Glover and Kelley Hilliker, while the men will be led by senior Jarratt Davis and sophomore Tito Alcazar. All four are school event record holders, while three of the four have been named to the ODAC All-Academic team.

Glover has placed at ODACs in the 100 back, 500 free and 1500 free in each of her three seasons, and is a member of two school record relay teams.

"Laurel is a shining example of all that we want our swimmers at Bridgewater to be," said head coach Gwynn Harrison. "She is extremely invested in our program, and relentless in the pursuit of excellence; both for herself and for our team. Furthermore, she is a fierce competitor, and is at her best when her team needs her the most. Laurel leads by example in and out of the water, and is highly respected by her teammates. They know they can count on her in and out of the water to lead our team."

Hilliker was also a captain last season and has earned All-ODAC honors the past two seasons. She holds individual school records in the 100 yard back, 100 meter back, 200 yard back, 200 meter back, 400 yard IM and 400 meter IM.

"Kelley has achieved a lot in the pool for our team during her tenure at Bridgewater which has established her as one of 'the best' swimmers in the history of our program," said Harrison. "But what really sets Kelley apart in my mind is all the intangibles she brings to Bridgewater swimming. Her love of the sport of swimming and our team shines through in everything she does. She competes with a high level of integrity and sportsmanship, her work ethic is admirable, and she is always the first to volunteer help when anything needs to be done. She is a true 'workhorse' of our team. Her teammates see that, and know that they can rely on Kelley in every way."

Alcazar placed in the top 11 in the ODAC in two events as a freshman, setting school records in 10 individual events in the Eagles' inaugural men's season.

"Tito was our first 'recruited' swimmer into the men's program at Bridgewater College, and immediately took on a huge role as a freshman last year," said Harrison. "He was always up for doing anything that would advance our program, and that quickly endeared him to all his teammates. Tito is a great role model as a swimmer and person to our team, and very respected by everyone associated with our program. Though he is young as a sophomore to be taking on the formal role of captain, Tito is well-qualified for the job. He is a well-rounded swimmer, hard worker, and relates well to his teammates."

Davis scored in the 100 butterfly at ODACs last year, while setting school marks in the 200 meter fly and four freestyle events.

"Jarratt joined our new men's team last year after not having swum competitively in four years," said Harrison. "He worked to adjust to the demands of our training schedule, steadily improved all season, and even scored individually for our team at the 2018 ODAC meet. Jarratt has come into this season with high goals for himself and for our team, and has been working at an elevated level to achieve those goals. As the only senior on our team, Jarratt will be counted upon to be a great role model for our five freshmen men. His leadership this year will leave a lasting impact on our new program for years to come."

The Eagles will open the season at the ODAC Relays on October 13, before hosting Hampden-Sydney and Sweet Briar on Friday, October 19.