College Swimming News: Swimmers can be a little crazy, at least to the world beyond our black-lined, cement swimming holes. The Seton Hall Swim Team is no different, and they’ve taken the art of Speedo fashion to a new level and purpose.
As reported by Yahoo Sport’s Jeff Eisenberg, determined to help their Seton Hall basketball compatriots against the formidable third-ranked Louisville, nearly half of the Seton Hall Swim Team went Speedo-clad to the game, sitting right behind the basketball hoop in the direct eyeline of free throw shooters.
Free throw distraction has developed over the years. We’ve witnessed it all; a sea of brightly colored streamers, waving arms, signs with messages, wiggling foam regalia. Using a Speedo-clad swim team is new territory.
Did it work? Not this time. Seton Hall was in the hunt for a win, until Louisville went on a 10-0 tear in the second hall, eclipsing Seton Hall 73-58.
According to yahoo reporter, Eisenberg:
Oddly enough, it actually seemed to help the Cardinals more than it hurt them. Louisville, a 70.4 percent free throw shooting team, sank 14 of 15 foul shots when shooting on the basket with the swim team behind it during the second half.
The upside: The Seton Hall Swim Team netted airtime on ESPN.
Yahoo’s Eisenberg makes, perhaps, the best suggestion on the art of Speedo fashion and distracting free throw shooters:
Perhaps Seton Hall’s women’s swim team should join the men behind the basket during its next home game. They may have more luck creating a distraction.
Seton Hall Swim Team Photos:
See the Seton Hall Swim Team on ESPN: They’re on the far right of the screen, Speedo-Clad, on their feet cheering nonstop.