Swenson, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Millbury, Mass., has had a great start to his senior season. The men’s basketball team has been just as hot, posting a 5-2 record, with their only two losses coming to then-No. 9 Hampden-Sydney and No. 10 Williams College this past weekend. Against the Ephs, Swenson tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds while also logging 35 minutes for the Pride. As for the season, Swenson now averages an even 10.0 and 9.9 rebounds per game. “Personally, my goal is to help our team win as many games as possible. Every game I go out there and play as hard as I possibly can and if I do that, then I know that we’ll be in it at the end of the game,” commented Swenson.
Q. How does it feel to have gotten off to a successful start?
A. Starting off the season by playing the way that we have is a great sign. We’ve been able to play very well together as a team, and have shown that we can compete with some of the best competition in the country.
Q. What were your team goals going into the season?
A. As a team, we want to win NEWMAC this year and make a further run in the NCAA Tournament than we did last year. I think our exit last year from NEWMACs and the NCAAs is really motivating us to get better this year and set the benchmark even higher for Springfield College basketball.
Q. What types of things does the team need to work on in order to break into the Top 20?
A. We need to play a full 40 minutes of team basketball the way that we know we can. If we do that, then I’m confident we can beat any team in the country.
Tribble, a senior forward from White Plains, N.Y., has been a force for the women’s basketball team this season. This season, Tribble has started all seven games for the Pride, and has averaged 6.6 points per game while also collecting an average of eight rebounds. Most recently, Tribble posted a double-double against Emerson College when she scored 10 points and picked up 14 rebounds, en route to a 43-37 victory over the Lions. Prior to this, Tribble netted eight points while picking up four rebounds in a win on December 4 against WPI. The Pride have won three consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference match-ups, and have recorded four victories overall, tying their 2012-2013 season total from just one year ago.
A. It is a good feeling to be off to a strong start. We always knew we had potential, but it is great to finally see the results of our hard work. Q. What were your team goals coming into this season?
A. Our team goals were to make it to the NEWMAC [Tournament] at the end of the season, make sure we get the games that are needed as well as a few upsets, and to go .500 with our record.
Q.What were your personal goals coming into this season?
A. My personal goals were to stay consistent as a player and make sure that I am always being a leader for my team.
Q. How has Coach Naomi Graves helped your team to be more successful?
A. Coach Graves has helped us be more successful by making sure that we never give up and pushing us every single day in practice. She sees so much potential in us and makes sure that she puts us in a great position to do what we need to do and win.