The UF dual meet is usually one of the more fun dual meets of the year because we go up on a Friday and have the meet on Saturday. On Thursday Eric Jackwin and I decided to wear gray shirts with blue jean pants since it was going to be cold when we got up to Gainesville. Well that didn’t end up being a great choice because to Coach Steve blue jean pants are not appropriate on a bus when we are traveling but the girls are allowed the wear spandex pants. It just didn’t make any sense to me but ooh well. Moving on to when were we loading the bus, I believe Coach Steve wanted to leave by 12:15 and Eric erikton( not sure if spelled right but its the freshman) had a quiz he didn’t want to miss in a class that ended at 12:30. The bad part was the teacher said the quiz was at the end of the class and he would not let Eric take the quiz earlier even with knowing about the situation that he was leaving for a swim meet. When 12:15 came around, Eric still hadn’t taken his quiz so we left without him. I am sure if we waited only 15 more min he could have made it but Coach Steve was so determined to make it there super early for no reason.
We arrived at the pool to get in a nice stretch out 2,000 where the guys and girls swim separately. I did my ritual ring bubbles in the deep end of the pool but I had some sinus thing going on so couldn’t do it for long.
After the quick loosen we headed to the hotel to get our rooms and then the bus would take us down the street to drop us off for dinner. I was rooming with Trevor Lowe and told him we were going to drop our stuff off in the room quickly so we could walk to dinner since that was the second option. So Trevor, Chris Cruts and I quickly walked to Olive Garden to grab a table. I was a race to see if we could make it to the restaurant before the bus could. About 100 yards away from the restaurant, we noticed a huge crowd and knew the only way was to try to get a seat at bar because its “first come first serve”. After about 3 min of scouting out for open seats, there were 3 girls paying for their dinner getting ready to leave. Trevor and I were standing around the table making sure no one would take it. Trevor got cheese ravioli and Chris and I got chicken alfredo. Were in and out in less than 30 min which is pretty funny because we saw some of our freshmen get there about 5 min after we got our table and they didn’t get a table until after we left.
The next morning we had a wakeup swim where the bus left at 8 and we came back around 10 to eat breakfast. I woke up early so I could have a big breakfast before we left and then a small second breakfast before we left to the meet. I got to see a few friends during the meet, Cameron Martin and Manny Rabelo, which was very nice.
The lineup for today’s meet for me was 50 breast on relay, 200 free, 100 free, 400 IM. I was swimming with my old friend Manny for the 50 breast but he kicked my butt. I felt my groin again during that sprint so I talked to Coach Steve and he said we’ll take it easy on the sprint breast the next few meets. I knew I had a good chance to win the 200 free after looking at the heat sheet and seeing that Conor Dwyer wasn’t swimming it. That pumped me up so I think I took it out a little strong but it was good to practice that since I’ll be doing that at conference. I was out about 1 second ahead of everyone at the 100 but faded in the last 75 getting out-touched for 3rd. After the race went to put up may cloths by my bag and when I was coming down I slipped on the bleachers and fell on my knee. My adrenaline was pumping so much I didn’t really feel it until after the meet but I was alright, just small bruise on my knee. The 100 free wasn’t as good as the 200 but not too bad for right now. I believe i got 7th with a 47.3, John Walsh got 6th and Tyler got 5th. Now for the 400 IM, I was just hoping to break 4:10 and have a strong back breast transition. After the back, I was so ready to just pull the trigger and go all out but the stroke before my first breast turn I choked on water hardcore. It ended up just killing me making my pull out very short and took the rest of the 25 to just recover from it. I ended up going a 4:10 which I was pleased with it being my last event.
It was an awesome last meet at the O’Connell Center and coudnt have been any more fun with this team. I can remember when I was 10 winning my only individual event at J.O.’s in the 50 breast.
50 Breast: (26.96)
200 Free: (3rd) 23.78 49.31 (25.53) 1:15.30 (25.99) 1:41.48 (26.18)
100 Free: (7th) 22.87 47.34 (24.47)
400 IM: (5th) 27.30 58.37 (31.07) 1:29.99 (31.62) 2:00.07 (30.08)
2:35.90 (35.83) 3:12.55 (36.65) 3:41.40 (28.85) 4:10.26 (28.86)
The second FAU invite of the season will start off the first meet of 2011. In this meet overall was a much faster meet than the last invite and had two heats of each event including the 1,000. I don’t remember any interesting cheers at all but I noticed that the teams felt larger but that could have been since the average size of the men’s teams were 6 foot. Last year we had a distance swimmer, Rick Duran, who left to go swim at LSU for this year. I talked to him for a while and he seemed to like it there and was training hard but hadn’t had any great times yet so far. One thing I do remember is during the 1,000, Ricky usually sprints the last 50. Trevor Lowe, my old roommate, was swimming next to him and Trevor thought he was far enough ahead but he wasn’t and got out touched by .3.
Dale the announcer came to me again and asked if I could get some more footage since today there were few clouds out in the sky. This also took my time away from filming on my own and I could only take a few pictures of people during the meet. I also had to redo my mid meet interview and end of the meet interview.
My line up for the meet was 50 breast in the 200 medley relay, 200 Free, 500 Free, and the 200 IM. Our 200 medley relay got demolished pretty much by getting 7th but I went an ok split with a 26.91. the 200 free was pretty good, I got 2nd going a 1:42.3. I got stuck in the slower heat for the 500 free which I was ok with since I won my heat with a 4:41.6, a tenth faster than last meet. To finish off with the 200 IM it was all right getting 6th with a rough 1:57.7.
Having this meet near the end of the Christmas training it clearly showed in some of the times but shows a good sign for fast times down the road.
50 Breast: 26.91
200 Free: (2nd) 24.04 49.93 (25.89) 1:15.84 (25.91) 1:42.33 (26.49)
500 Free: (5th) 25.65 53.70 (28.05) 1:21.95 (28.25) 1:50.37 (28.42)
2:18.86 (28.49) 2:47.41 (28.55) 3:15.58 (28.17) 3:43.95 (28.37)
4:12.88 (28.93) 4:41.62 (28.74)
200 IM: (6th) 25.88 56.23 (30.35) 1:30.61 (34.38) 1:57.76 (27.15)
The first of two FAU invites has finally come with a large group of talented swimmers. Its exciting that so many swim teams chose us to swim them during their winter trip. In the previous year we raced Cincinnati and Denver for sure but i don’t remember the others during that first invite. The swimmers from the Air Force look in great shape almost like body builders. During this meet, Dale the announcer wanted me to have someone film me during the meet to make a small documentary on me. I had to interview with him during one of the breaks and at the end of the meet to recap what happened. This was really nice of him but I didn’t get to film with my cameras because I was too busy with his.
The Air Force had an impressive cheer or a chant is what I would call it. They had one person at one end of the blocks with football like a helmet that had deer antlers attached. He was the lead person and at the other end of the rest of the men’s team repeated what he was doing. The chant look like something from a movie or an ancient prayer of some sort blessing the pool it seemed. Denver did a cheer with the main guy holding a banana and the cheer went something like this… “Banana’s of the world: UNITE
Peel banana, Peel peel banana… Shake banana, Shake shake banana… Go bananas!, Go Go bananas!” by the time they reached the “Go Bananas” the guy was eating the banana like a crazy man. It was very amusing to me since I had never seen it before and the lead guy did a nice job at doing the cheer.
Moving on to the meet, before the warm ups, the sky looked nice but the fact that some rain clouds were headed towards our way. The rain came during the end of the warm ups and continued through the first few events. The outside temperature was perfect to balance out the rain so it wasn’t too bad. My events for the meet today was the 50 breast in the relay, 200 free, 500 free, and the 200 IM. My goal for the breast was to go faster than 27 which I did with a 26.99. The 200 free was pretty good with Mikolaj getting first and I got second by .11. In the 500 free I just wanted to make sure no one from Denver beat me since they are our conference rivals. I ended up getting 2nd with 4:41 to someone from Cincinnati that went 4:39. For the main event in the 200 IM, Csaba Pek and I were racing Clayton Myers from Denver who is an excellent 400 IM. Clayton ended up beating us by a second but it was a great race to finish off the end of the meet.
Now 10 day break at Home!
50 Breast: 26.99
200 Free: (2nd) 25.69 54.53 (28.84 ) 1:23.72 (29.19 ) 1:52.86 (29.14)
2:21.97 (29.11) 2:50.14 (28.17) 3:18.26 (28.12) 3:46.28 (28.02)
4:14.09 (27.81) 4:41.77 (27.68)
500 Free: (2nd) 25.69 54.53 (28.84) 1:23.72 (29.19) 1:52.86 (29.14)
2:21.97 (29.11) 2:50.14 (28.17) 3:18.26 (28.12) 3:46.28 (28.02)
4:14.09 (27.81) 4:41.77 (27.68)
200 IM: (2nd) 26.43 56.60 (30.17) 1:29.81 (33.21) 1:56.37 (26.56)
Clemson was training at our pool for the past week and planned on swimming with us at the invite on December 18 but the meet was scheduled too late for them to compete. This was alright because adding an extra team to that meet would only make it even longer than it should have been. Wednesday was the tail end of a cold front so it felt nice with cloths on but chilly with the wind when you were wet.
Today I didn’t have any relays but 3 events, the 200 free, 100 free, and the 100 breast. It started off with a struggle in the 200 free, but out-touched someone by .1 for first. The 100 free had to have been one of my worst 100 free’s in awhile by breaking 49. To finish off with the 100 breast at 1:01 in the middle of Christmas training to me is a decent time.
200 Free: (1) 24.51 51.20 (26.69) 1:17.38 (26.18) 1:43.81 (26.43)
100 Free: (6) 23.34 49.32 (25.98)
100 Breast: (4) 28.82 1:01.32 (32.50)
The mid-season rest meet that we all have been waiting for has now come to test our progress so far in the season. From Boca to Atlanta takes about 10 hours straight but the plan was to leave on Wednesday and stay the night at Lake City, which is about 5 hours away from Boca. We had practice on Wednesday morning and then left later that day to head down the road. They told us before that we would stop for lunch but it would be a rest area with not many choices for food. So with that in mind I brought two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a few other snacks to last the road trip. I sat with Eric Williams the on the bus the whole weekend and on the way up we listen to my iPod for a few hours since he didn’t have one. At the Lake City stop, I roomed with Trevor Lowe, which was nice again to room with my old roommate in the dorms from the previous year.
Thursday we woke up about 8 or 9 o’clock for the continental breakfast and then headed off to Atlanta. There was no rush since we had a warm-up later that evening around 5 pm and had nothing else to do that day. For the rest of the weekend I roomed with Trevor again and Kyle Geiger. I expected an interesting weekend since on the ride up, all I could see is both of them on their Nintendo Ds playing Pokémon. I planned to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for all my lunches for the weekend since they go well with my stomach on swim meets. On the first night in Atlanta I went with Chris Cruts to some Italian place where I got a Caesar salad, spaghetti and meat balls and he got mussels over pasta. It was so good I ended up going back to the same place for dinner every night but take out so I could eat at the hotel.
Friday morning I woke up extra early to eat a good breakfast down in the lobby so i could digest the food before the meet. Today I have the 200 IM and at night the 400 Medley relay. For my morning swim in the 200 IM my goggles filled up with a little water on the dive but it still was a decent morning swim with a 1:53. The afternoon was much better going 1:52.15 getting 14th overall. I swam the breastroke leg in the 400-medley relay going a 56.5, which is my best relay time, but on the last 25 it felt like I strained my groin but didn’t notice it again during warm down.
Saturday is my biggest day of the meet since I am signed up for the 400 IM and the 200 Free. In the Georgia Tec. Invite, you can swim 4 individual events during the meet which is different from conference because you can only swim 3 individuals there. The 400 IM was painful where I went 4:05 but got DQed from doing a butterfly kick before my arms broke apart on my pullout. The funny thing in my 400 IM was that I went out in a 25 and came back in a 30 in the 100 fly (OUCH!). It was pretty stupid but I didn’t really want to swim the 400 IM at night so I could focus on the 200 free. My morning 200 free was awesome since I broke 1:40 for my first time with a 1:39.8 making it back into the A finals.
At night I had the 50 breast in the 200 medley relay, 200 Free and the 200 free in the 800 free relay. During the 50 breast on the relay after about 2 strokes I felt my groin again so I had to back off. I still went a 26.2 but that’s still .4 slower than I went out in the 100 breast on the relay the night before. Good thing that was my last breaststroke for the weekend so I could rest it for a few days now since the other strokes didn’t bother it. I was so excited to swim in the A finals for the 200 free alongside Conor Dwyer, the NCAA champ in the 200 and 500 free last year. I went out pretty strong with a 47.6 but faded out in the last 50 touching 5th going 1:39.32 another best time. Now for only one more 200 left of the night in the relay, I went 2nd because Mikolaj Czarnecki wanted to get a 200 time from a flat start. Even after doing 2 200’s already, i still managed to go under 1:40 again with a 1:39.7 going second after Mikolaj. I was planning on eating dinner with Eric Williams at Blimpy Subs but they were closed so I ate at the same Italian place I went to the past two nights.
One last day of the meet, Sunday, we had to get up an hour earlier because the meet started earlier for people like us since we had a 10 hour drive ahead of us that night. I did my usual routine by waking up early to beat the crowd and let my food digest in time for the morning session. Today all I had left is the 100 free in the morning and the 100 free in the 400 free relay at night. My morning swim felt pretty good going a 46.1 making my best time season and thinking that I had more in me for the night. With the afternoon session starting 2 hours earlier, we had minimal time in-between but I still managed to sneak in a 45 min nap to help fuel the night session. I made the B finals at night for the 100 free but I ended up going a 46.5, which was a tad slower than the morning, but being near the end of the meet it wasn’t too bad. For my last race of the meet, I went 46.3 from a relay start in the 100 free which tops off another decent swim for the great weekend of races.
200 IM : (17) Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 1:53.63 q
r:+0.71 25.13 28.57 32.54 27.39
200 IM : (14) Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 1:52.15
r:+0.66 24.68 28.20 32.66 26.61
100 Breast relay: r:+0.18 25.88 56.54
400 IM: Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG DQ
r:+0.66 25.78 30.55 31.37 30.46
34.81 35.79 28.27 27.34
200 Free: (7) Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 1:39.88 q
r:+0.62 23.26 25.17 25.49 25.96
50 Breast relay: r:+0.00 26.23
200 Free: (5) Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 1:39.32
r:+0.64 22.84 24.84 25.47 26.17
200 Free on relay: r:+0.05 22.55 47.74 1:13.74 1:39.79
100 Free: 15 Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 46.10 q
r:+0.62 21.85 24.25
100 Free: 18 Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 46.52
r:+0.62 22.26 24.26
100 Free relay: r:+0.13 21.90 46.33