For North Carolina’s swimmers and divers, Senior Day marked the last home meet of the year.
But senior Stephanie Eisenring will remember Saturday’s victory against Duke as her final competitive swim.
After coming back from a shoulder injury, she and coach Rich DeSelm decided that it would be in her long-term best interest to quit swimming before doing any more damage to herself.
She’ll be ending her season earlier than the other seniors, but she said she’s grateful for her time on the team.
“It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given,” she said. “It was honestly the best decision of my life.”
Her parting gift to the team was a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle en route to a 166-127 women’s victory, complementing a 164-128 victory for the men.
DeSelm said Saturday’s meet was important to recognize the seniors, but that the championship meets are more important.
The Tar Heels have one more conference meet before the ACC Championship.
“A lot of things were at play today — it’s very, very important to honor our seniors,” DeSelm said. “But we didn’t want to negate the fact that we’re here competing and racing, trying to position ourselves for things down the road.”