After 35 years with Mark Bernardino as the head coach, there's a new man in charge of the Virginia swimming and diving program this year. Augie Busch is hoping that a renewed focus on fundamentals now will translate to success for the Cavaliers later this season.
"We're trying to get really fit, but hone in on details in the water," Busch said. "Fit out of the water, details in the water."
In the water, Busch and his new staff have taken things back to basics, and they want the team to focus on the fundamentals of their strokes.
"These stroke clinics that we've been doing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons have been really beneficial," Busch said. "I know it's opened a lot of eyes to maybe some new ideas, and that's key, just being open-minded."
So far, the Cavaliers say that attention to detail has been a welcome change of pace.
"Immediately focusing on technique like that really helps you get back into the aerobic style swimming without having a messy stroke," said senior swimmer Parker Camp. "I think that will really put us at an edge as we approach the first few meets."
"I've felt things in my stroke that I haven't felt in years," added senior swimmer Emily Lloyd. "I just feel so much more comfortable going through the water and noticing the slightest changes in my stroke."
The 'Hoos new season starts on Oct. 25. Until then, the team is working on getting fit and embracing their renewed focus on fundamentals.
"I have really enjoyed the coaches input, and I know everyone else has been benefiting as well," Camp said. "I know that will help us in the long run for the season, and I'm really excited about it."
"Personally, and I think I can speak for the majority of the team, we love the new coaching staff and their attitude toward everything," adds Lloyd.
"Change is good, and it's exciting, and it kind of brings a whole new atmosphere to the team."