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U of M swim captains ready to take the CIS by storm

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Dillon Perron (pictured) and Larissa Best have been voted team captains of the University of Manitoba swim team by their fellow swimmers.

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Dillon Perron (pictured) and Larissa Best have been voted team captains of the University of Manitoba swim team by their fellow swimmers. Photo Store

The Bisons swim team has new leadership in the form of third-year students Larissa Best and Dillon Perron.

Announced as team leaders on Nov. 26, both Best, 20, and Perron, 21, have the same goal in mind: to qualify and succeed at the 2014 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships at the end of February 2014.

"My goals for the team would be to help everyone get more enthusiastic over racing and to get in the racing mode, and just to be happy about racing," said Best, a fine arts major from Beausejour, Man.

Both Best and Perron were voted to be captains by their fellow teammates.

"I think it’s really cool that people look up to me like that," Best said.

Perron said it isn’t that they are better swimmers than anyone else, so he appreciates the opportunity.

"It’s nice," Perron said. "I don’t consciously put myself in the leadership role, but it’s nice to see my teammates see me that way."

Captaining an individual sport can be different than team-based sports. Best said keeping her teammates’ emotions in check will be her priority.

"After training so long, attitudes tend to go down. It’s just good to always keep a positive attitude," said Best.

Perron agrees that attitude in swimming is very important.

"For me, it’s leading on the pool deck and in practice," said the Lac du Bonnet, Man. native. "Showing everyone that I’m here to work hard every day, and in general, other people will want to do the same."

Best’s goals for herself are straightforward.

"My goal is to make my (CIS) time, I’m pretty close but we’ll see," Best said.

Perron, an anthropology major, has already qualified for the CIS championships.

"My goal is to get on the podium (at the CIS Championships)," Perron said. "That’s been my goal for the past year-and-a-half, and finalling at the Commonwealth (Games) trials, which is later (next year) in April."

To record the best times possible, Perron knows the facial hair he and another teammate are currently sporting will have to go.

"I don’t plan on shaving the beard until I’m ready to swim at my best," said Perron. "At university championships, the beard will come off."

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