The first major meet of the season has come up fast. It was really nice of Coach Steve to let everyone on the team get to travel on this big trip. I think that was important to help everyone get motivated at the beginning of the year. We had a choice to pick between 4-6 events since it was a 3-day meet that was prelims and finals. I wanted to pick 6 events and treat the meet like a test to see how well I could hold up.
On our way up, the back of the bus had the normal hour to 2 of catch phrase with Chris Cruts taking candid pictures with my new camera. We first went to the pool to swim out the bus ride and then went across the street to eat the UF’s cafeteria. Like I do at every place that gives out free fruit, I took some apples and oranges for the rest of the meet.
We were told that for finals that top 3 of each team made it and there were 3 leftovers that could make it. The teams that were at the meet were Miami, FGCU, UF, FSU, Florida Southern, and Nova.
Today I swam the 500 Free and 200 IM. I made it back to finals and swim much better than the morning. That night Adam Epstine brought a tradition from his high school which was the “Hammer” award. This award represents someone who has put in a great effort and cheers on their teammates. I was the first to receive this award and was very excited to get it. I anchored the 400 medley to finish off the night. This award gets past to a new swimmer each day of a major meet. Tonight I ate at Chipotle with Eric Willams and Steven Carroll.
Today I swim the 400 IM and 100 Breast. I really wanted to swim the 100 Breast instead of the usual 200 free because I really wanted to break 1:00. The morning was a little rough in the 400 IM but the 100 Breast rocked with breaking a min for my first time (58.9). I made it back to finals in both events. In the afternoon the 400 IM was much better by dropping 5 seconds from the morning. I was so excited for the 100 breast since I dont swim it often. It ended up very good by dropping another 0.4 from the morning and having the fastest time on the team! I lead off the 800 free relay to get a 200 time since I didn’t swim it individually. I passed the hammer to Tyler Griffith. I went to Olive Garden with Chris Cruts and had the endless pasta bowl with a nice big salad.
Today I swim the 200 Back and 100 Free. Since these events were back to back, I knew that if I made it back to finals it was going to be a tough one. In the 200 back I went out with one of the UF swimmers and died hardcore in the last 50 but I still made it back to finals. In the morning, I had a good 30 min in between the 200 back and 100 free but I still felt a little fatigued in the 100 Free. I snuck in there for top 3 on our team for the 100 free so I get to swim it again for finals. At finals in the 200 back, it was an amazing race between Csaba and me in the 200 back with him beating me by 0.3. I had to run to the warm-down pool to get as much cool down as I could. I kept peeking over the bulkheads to see where they were at since I only had 2 womens heats of the 100 free and then I was up. I got about 200 warm down but my heat-rate was still pretty high from the 200 back. The 100 Free turned out to be almost the same time as the morning so I couldn’t complain. I finished off going 3rd in the 400 free relay and with some rest, I swam pretty well.
Overall the meet was a blast with some great swimming from the whole team.
Finals : 1:57.40
400 Medley relay doing free: 47.47
Lead off 800 free relay: 1:42.91
Finals : 1:53.23
400 free relay going 3rd : 46.76