Rowan Men’s Swimming & Diving win their fifth NJAC Championship in the past six years

A Rowan swimmer during a race. Rowan would beat TCNJ on Saturday to become NJAC Champions. Saturday, January 22, 2022. – Multimedia Editor / Lee Kotzen

Rowan men’s swimming and diving recently delivered another New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship to Glassboro with their 167-133 win over The College New Jersey (TCNJ) on Saturday, January 22.

The win continued what was a dominant run for Head Coach Brad Bowser and his company, with five of the last six NJAC titles captured by the Pros.

According to coach Bowser, this achievement comes with the team continuing to have a “win the day” mentality.

“[The winning streak] It’s not something I planned to do,” said Coach Bowser. “I just set the goal as ‘we’re going to win’. Whether it’s the NJAC Championship, a Metropolitan Championship or even just a double encounter, we’re just looking for a way to win.”

The Pros had great contributions from both a rookie and a veteran during Saturday’s game. Graduate student Kevin Gillooly soared to three individual wins for the day in the 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter fly. Freshman Tobias Cahnbley also put in a good performance, with two individual wins in the 100m free and 200m backstroke.

Thanks to these dominant performances, Gillooly and Cahnbley earned both awards from NJAC this week, with Gillooly taking home the NJAC Swimmer of the Week and Cahnbley taking his second NJAC Rookie of the Week award for the season.

While Gillooly always appreciates these awards, he knows the grind doesn’t end there.

“The goals are getting higher every year,” Gillooly said. “My goal this year is to be the Division III Swimmer of the Year. It’s nice to get that recognition and to see that the hard work is paying off, but the goals are getting higher every year.”

For Cahnbley, a freshman college swimmer, winning these awards fuels him and takes his confidence to the next level.

“It gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year,” Cahnbley said. “Knowing that the training I’ve done here at Rowan is paying off, and it shows that I still have so much to accomplish.”

While winning the NJAC title is a fantastic achievement, Coach Bowser knows there is still work to be done to bring Rowan more championships, not just in the years to come, but in the weeks to come.

Coach Bowser is confident in his team’s ability to do this.

“I think we’re in a good place now,” said Coach Bowser. “It really is all about staying healthy, this year of all years the primary focus is on staying healthy. And that’s us doing the right thing and putting ourselves in a position to get to and through the encounter in the right way. The clear hope is that we will be a top ten team again.”

Gillooly echoed similar thoughts about the group.

“We got a huge boost in our confidence last week,” said Gillooly. “Last year when we weren’t able to compete in the NJACs and we had to sit back and watch those guys [TCNJ] lift the trophy. We didn’t quite believe that was necessarily legit. That lit a fire under our asses and put us in gear.”

Gillooly continued to express confidence in his own game heading into the season’s long streak.

“I’ve been watching a lot of the top men in Division III over the past few weeks and what they’re doing on their double encounters, and nobody is going the times I go in my events,” Gillooly said. “So it’s a huge confidence boost going into a stretch where we can rest a bit because I know these guys won’t be at the same level as us.”

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