“It was a good learning experience for the younger guys, and I think they’re going to be better for it moving forward,” Nagle said. “But we came up a little bit short of what we wanted to do at the meet.“
The freshmen did not manage to record any individual points, but Luchsinger, who had been in the same position three years ago and fared the same, had some advice for his teammates.
“This is an eye-opening experience for any freshman,” Luchsinger said. “I sat them down and … let them know that you can turn this around and use it as motivation to improve next year.”
The team will need all the motivation it can get as it continues next year without Luchsinger.
“He’s going to be a big loss for the team moving forward,” Nagle said.
Luchsinger, whose fifth place finish was the highest NCAA placement of his career, had mixed emotions after his final meet swimming for UNC.
“It’s bittersweet,” Luchsinger said. “I’m not done — my career’s not over. I’m going to continue swimming for a while, so it’s very sad to be done with my career in college.
“But at the same time, I’m very excited to be going into the professional ranks and doing something that I love for a job.”
DeSelm said the men had hoped to match the women’s team’s result at nationals, where it posted its best performance in more than a decade two weekends ago, finishing 12th.
But the coach still has high expectations for the team Luchsinger is leaving behind.
DeSelm said that even with Luchsinger’s departure, the team has the development of its 24-person freshman class to look forward to in upcoming years.
“We’re going to be really good in the next few years, and I’m very excited to see how that all plays out,” DeSelm said.
“The takeaway really is that it was a great experience. I’m very proud of these young men, and I’m very excited about their futures and our future.”
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