Two meets, three broken records. Freshman swimmer Will Crewe has taken Chapman by storm, breaking three school records in his first semester as a Panther.
The Issaquah, Wash. native made his Chapman debut on October 28 against fellow SCIAC team Cal Lutheran. He began his career breaking a record in the 100 back while leading off the 400 medley relay in the very first event of the meet. Crewe beat Chapman's school record by nearly a second when he went out at 52.33 – three seconds faster than his competitors.
He went on to win the 200 IM later in the day, breaking the old school record by almost one second with a time of 1:58.03.
Will set out to break another school record the very next weekend, this time in the 200 breaststroke. His time of 2:14.50 beat the previous school record by nearly a full second.
"I wasn't expecting to break a lot of records early in the season, but it's been great", said Crewe of his breakout freshman year.
So now that the first semester is over, how is he going to continue his high level of competition in the new year?
"Christmas break is going to be a hard time to force myself to go [to the pool] at home. A lot of the time when you're on a break you kind of lose your momentum but I'm going to really try to keep working hard at home. Just trying to push myself to keep improving."
As a freshman, the captains and upperclassmen have had a big impact on Crewe in his first semester in college.
"I love my captains; they really help you take a load off. It really is a team sport and they are a great group of people that make you want to do it for the team and not for yourself."
As far as advice goes, there's one thing that has stuck with Crewe throughout these past few months: "Don't put too much pressure on yourself." He's learned through his captains and some of the veterans on the team that it's important to take a step back and relieve some of the pressure he has put on himself this year.
When asked who has helped him with the transition from high school swimming to college swimming, Crewe said there were several people involved.
"I don't really know if I can put it on one person. Obviously, on the swim team, the captains have really been great with helping me learn what it means to be a college swimmer."
He also mentioned a bit of a sibling rivalry.
"My brother swims for CMS (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), and he really kind of introduced me to the whole conference and he's basically the reason I found out about Chapman. He kind of pushed me to go here and it's going to be a lot of fun to race against him."
What about the next three and a half years? It might be hard to remember that he is only a freshman, considering the sizable impact he has already had on the program, but this rookie still has seven semesters left of swimming.
"Really just try to keep pushing. Part of what I'm really seeing with the team is growth. The new freshman class has a lot of great guys and girls coming onto the team and we're really improving. I think seeing the team grow is going to be a lot of fun."
Will Crewe is as selfless as he is talented and sees himself as just a piece of the Chapman swimming puzzle, just trying to improve every day he jumps into the pool.
by Katie Bell
Sports Information Assistant