International Age Group Invitational

It has been about 4 months since conference that I haven’t swum in a meet which is very long for me. It was nice to get back to racing it’s the whole reason why I swim.  The only thing that I wasn’t looking forward to was driving to and from Boca and Ft. Lauderdale and paying for parking.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I was supposed to swim the 400 IM but the coach didn’t have a heat sheet and by the time he got one it was too late. I thought that the younger kids were first but they had Open first and I entered in the first heat. I was pretty upset watching them swim since I haven’t missed a race in who knows how long. So I got ready to go home and I went to talk to the coach. He said they I might be put in a relay and to stick around a few minutes while he finds out. During warm up he asked me my 200 free time so I figured that they were trying to make a fast relay and maybe put me on the A or B. He came back to say I was on a relay and if I would like to swim it. I decided that it would be nice to swim something since came all the way over there. Waiting for this took forever since there was 400 IM’s and million 800 Free relays. When they were handing out the cards they gave me one where I looked at it with surprise. Glancing over the card I see that I am leading off which I was very happy about but when I looked at it again I saw that I was on the E relay. Looking for the kids on my relay was a disaster because the coaches didn’t even know who they were. That’s when I thought to myself WOW this team is way too big. I finally round up the rascals to find two people a little younger than me and a 13 year old on the relay. We finally get to swim and I “took it out like a bat out of hell” as Coach Yearwood would say. I kind of died but still ended up with a good time. It was a very pleasing night even though I missed the 400 IM.

Results:
200 free ( 56.47) 1:58.86

Friday, June 25, 2010

Prelims
Today I am signed up to swim 200 Free and 100 Back. Since the meet was so big they made top 10 to make it back for finals.  This morning, in the 200 free, I wanted to make sure I was in control going out since I died hardcore the night before.  It was a very nice morning swim being controlled going out and the main thing was I didn’t die. Went a 1:58 going into finals seated first.  The 100 back was just for fun and games to see what I do. I remember the last summer I went 1:07 so I wasn’t expecting up out of my sprinting backstroke.  I ended up going 1:04 tied for first alternate, kind of glad I didn’t make it back.
Finals
I was so pumped going into finals seated first. I forgot to mention I have been sitting with my old friends from IRSC. I was glad they were there so I could sit with people I knew at the meet.  Back to swimming, I have started to talk to the new Head Coach at IRSC, Ryan, and he was helping me out with my stroke during warm-ups. I miss getting feedback about my strokes like that. I also met this guy name Adam Ritter who was a NCAA champ in the 200 IM when he swam at Arizona awhile back. Right now he is swimming with the Indian River Club team with Ryan. I ended up getting out-touched by him by .09 but it was a great race. So I am thinking that I am done but just when I am all ready to leave I get put on the 200 Free relay leading off the A. As much as I wanted to leave I wanted to get a 50 free time since I don’t swim it often.  I could have been home around 7:30 since the 200 free was the last event but I waited to swim the relay which didn’t start until 9:30. But it was worth it since I put down a pretty good time and beat everyone on the relay with a flat start with 24.64.

Results:
Prelims
200 free (57.36)   1:58.47 -1st
100 back 1:04.61 -10th
Finals

50 free: 24.64
200 free (27.57) (57.35) (1:27.27) 1:56.77 -2nd

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Prelims

This morning I found an “all day parking” for $7 which was nice since I was paying $5 per session at the meter parking lot next to it. All I had only today the 200 IM, which I think is my best IM event in long course. My plan this morning was to win my heat but then I saw that Ritter was in it so I was going to try to stay with him if I could. I ended up getting 2nd in my heat to Ritter which a good morning time with 2:15. It was a short morning and I got back early enough to work on some homework

Finals

Before warm-ups, I told Adam Epistine that I didn’t want to swim in a relay tonight because I had homework to finish that night. He said that I needed to speak with the head coach. I said that I would tell Allan since he is my coach for FLA. I finished up warm-ups and went to go ask Allan if he would time me for pace. Right as I was talking to Allan the Head Coach of FLA comes to me to say he has heard that I didn’t want swim in the relay. He really didn’t let me speak and said that “on FLA relays are the most important thing to us.”  Most people know me as a person who would never skip a relay or an event for a silly reason but I did have a lot of homework. I really didn’t want to swim it but couldn’t say no to his face. I tried not to let it bother me since I still had the 200 IM before that.  The pace was much better this afternoon than this morning so I knew that was a good thing. I was a very good race where I ended up going 2:11 and got 3rd. I had a nice long warm down trying to think of where the coaches would put me in the relay. From the night before with my 50 time I was expecting to anchor the A doing free in the 200 Medley. After waiting for it seemed to be an eternity I get my relay card and I see I was put the B relay doing Breaststroke?!?! I was very surprised to see they put me in the breaststroke.  I didn’t feel like warming up for this relay so I didn’t. That’s not a very good idea for breaststroke because during the race I felt my groin to be a little tight. We were next to the A relay which I was glad because I wanted to beat the kid doing Breast on the A. The Backstrokers were pretty close so it was going to be a Showdown. I dove in feeling amazing bringing back memories when I was in JO’s doing Breast on relays.  About half way down the pool I started to pull away and ended up beating him by .6 of a sec.  I was so fired up I had to swim down about 800 meters to bring my heart rate down.

Results:

Prelims

200 IM    (1:03.53) 2:15.19 – 3rd
Finals

200 IM (28.62) (1:02.75) (1:41.09) 2:11.69 – 3rd

50 Breast(relay) 30.55

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Prelims

This meat really was wearing on me being so long in the hot sun.  Today I had the 200 Backstroke and 100 Free.  I had to say the whole morning session since 100 Free was last event of the morning. Same thing as yesterday morning the idea was to win my heat to make it to finals in the 200 back. I did win my heat with a good morning swim with 2:14 coming back to finals seated 1st. For the 100 free that was a different story since there were a lot of faster people swimming it.  I ended went 55.3 and didn’t think I made it back but at finals, I found out that I did.  This would be the last session IRSC would be at the meet so I didn’t have my crew to talk to at finals.

Finals

The first thing I check to see if there was a relay tonight but there wasn’t so that was a good thing. I also told Allan that I didn’t want to swim the 100 free and he said that was ok. So all my focus was on the 200 Back tonight. My body was getting a little tired as I felt it during the morning swim in the 100 free and a little during warm up. Surprisingly pace was very smooth with decent times.  My strategy for this race was to take it out and see what I had coming home. I stuck to the plan and lead the first 150 but struggled during the last 50 ending up 4th going 2:12.  My 100 split was a second faster than my individual time in the 100 back on Friday, HAHA.

Results:

Prelims

200 back (1:06.57) 2:14.94 1st

100 Free       55.30- 9th

Finals

200 back (30.46) (1:03.41) (1:37.40) 2:12.62

Overview

Overall this was a great in-season meet where I had swims that were very close to my best times and can’t wait for Senior Champs in a few weeks at Sarasota.