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.
See the AP high resolution photo here.
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.
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See the Seton Hall Swim Team on ESPN: They’re on the far right of the screen, Speedo-Clad, on their feet cheering nonstop.