Sunbelt Conference Feb 23rd – 26th

This was my last Sunbelt conference championship and my last taper of my college swimming career. This year our conference championship was held in Rockwall Texas at a high school. We left on a bus to Miami International airport at 4:30 am on Thursday morning and the plane left at 6. This really didn’t give us much time to eat breakfast at the airport, but I was planning on that so I made breakfast ahead of time. I made a full breakfast of three eggs, two slices of ham and English muffin, which I ate it before we left. Just to make sure I wouldn’t starve anytime I brought some snacks and a few bagels. When we arrived at the airport we didn’t have much time to have our bags checked and go through security. Once Eric Williams and I got through security we headed straight to the gate and we were some of the last to board the plane.
On the plane ride, I sat in between some interesting characters. On my left was an interior designer, or at least that’s what I assumed from what he was wearing, who was looking at the floor plans of the Peabody hotel in Orlando. To the right was some creeper that had the worst smelling breath in the world who kept staring at me while I was reading the New York Times paper. It might have been because the paper was four days old and I was hogging the armrest.
When we arrived in Dallas the coaches left us so they could take the shuttle and get the vans. I am not sure what took that so long, but we waited for about 45 minutes or more for them to come back. I believe it took a little over an hour to get From Dallas to Rockwall but I was still half asleep from waking up so early so I don’t really know. When we got to Rockwall TX we went straight to the hotel to settle in and then everyone walked over to the closest Plaza to have lunch. After lunch I had Eric and Mikolaj cut my hair into a Mohawk as I do every year when I cut my hair. Around 4:30 or 5pm we left to check out the pool and have a swim out. The pool was located about 2 miles away from the hotel and took about 5 minutes to get there with the vans. It was an indoor 50-meter pool with a 4 lane 25-yard small pool. The lighting was not very bright, and even though they turned them on brighter during the meet, it still wasn’t great then. It was a good thing that I brought my super clear goggles since I had the same problem with the lights my sophomore year in Buffalo NY at Indian River. One really strange thing was when I went to get a drink of water from the water fountain the water tasted weird and dirty. I found out later that in Rockwall TX the water is pumped from the ground and passes a clay layer where the water picks up minerals, which cause the water to taste like crap. From then on I only drank bottled water because I didn’t want to take any chances with Texas’s dirty water. We had the pool to our self’s for about 20 minutes until Denver and Western Kentucky came in, so it was a bit crowded at the end of our swim out. After the swim out, some of the vans went to Target to get some food for the weekend. I got milk for my protein shakes, power bars and peanut butter and jelly stuff for my lunches for the weekend. For dinner about 8 of us went to a really nice Italian restaurant that was cheap and fast. I had a Caesar salad with garlic bread and chicken alfredo.
The next morning (Wednesday) we had a wake up swim around 9:30am which gave us plenty of time to sleep in and have a good breakfast. I don’t remember her name but the breakfast lady set us up perfectly. I mean the food was decent quality hotel food but the breakfast lady would go out of her way for you. After I was finished with my breakfast I took my plate to go look for the trash and she came flying around the corner saying that she would take that. I actually didn’t even know where the trash can was for the first two days because she took my plate almost every time. When we headed over to the pool I rode in coach Nikki’s van, which was loaded with most of the D-group. Knowing that I wouldn’t be on the 200 Medley relay I didn’t practice much of the strokes in the wake up swim. Once we got back I quickly ate my PB&J and then had Eric and Mikolaj shave my head. I originally was going to have Eric do it but Mikolaj came into the bathroom and took over which turned out to be good since Eric didn’t have the patients to shave my head. After Mikolaj was finished with my head, Eric wanted to stretch with me. This ended up being a start of a new tradition to stretch in-between sessions which I think was a great idea. Once that was done I went back to my room to shave my legs and then had enough time to take a quick 45 minute power nap. My secret in-between sessions are to only take a maximum 30 to 45 minute nap so I don’t get into a deep sleep.
That afternoon was the 200 medley and 800 free relays. The 200 medley contained Tyler, Alan, Eric, and Anthony. The 800 free relay was Jay, Csaba, Mikolaj and I. I lead off the 800 free relay and went a 1:37.7 which was 1.5 seconds off my best and a NCAA B cut! This didn’t exactly mean I was going to NCAAs but I had a chance. Usually, you need to be at least top 25 in the country to make it and I believe I ended up getting 125th which is still excellent. We ended up getting 3rd out of 3 in both relays but the cool part was we got to stand on the podium the next day. Also, the 800 free relay broke a 15 year school record and got the hammer award! For dinner, the coaches set up catering from a local Italian restaurant. They catered food every night of the meet except for the last night. I don’t remember what we had that night but I know it was good.
Thursday was the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and the 200 free relay. I did the 200 IM instead of the 500 Free since I was seated 3rd in the 200 IM. In the morning for the 200 IM my goggles fell down to my ears, but it didn’t cause too much of a problem because I went 1:50.85 which was about 1.3 faster than my best time. I felt like I still had some more left for the night but I didn’t hold back in the morning. The coaches told Mikolaj and me that if the guys in the 50 went 21 mid or faster we would need to do a time trial if we wanted to be on the 200 free relay. Well they ended up going around 21 mid to low and we both really didn’t want to do a time trial so they were put on the relay. In the afternoon I dropped 0.3 more to make 1:50.57 and got 4th overall. I really wanted to break 1:50 but I still can’t complain with a best time.
Fridays set up was the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 400 medley relay. I was entered in the 400 IM and 200 Free but I chose the 200 free since I was seated first. Looking at the results in the 800 free relay two days before I knew that people would go fast in the morning so I made sure to put up a good morning swim. I went a 1:38.4 which was a little slower than my lead-off relay swim, but I was going into finals seated first. I was super excited to be seated first, but finals is a new race and anything could happen.
I did my normal routine by eating a PB&J for lunch, stretch with Eric and then take a quick power nap. I knew that it was going to be a special night since the 200 free would probably be my strongest event of the meet. My pace was feeling good and faster than the morning. I was ready with my warm-ups, beanie, gloves, and headphones heading over to the blocks. I was watching the girl’s race and noticed that the girl that was seated first looked about 10 yards behind everyone after the first 100. I knew that something wasn’t right, but I was up soon so I couldn’t worry about it. They stopped the meet right before the men’s consolations and it looked like they were changing the speaker under block 4, which was the block the girl was in. I didn’t think anything of it just that I needed to be focused on my race but it started to take a long time. After about 20 minutes they finally started the consolations. Once they finished we walked out as they announced our names. I stuck to my plan of taking it out fast like I normally do and see how I can hold on in the last 50. I went out in a 47.2, and was ahead of the whole field and held on in the third 50 but tightened up pretty bad on the last 50 and got out-touched by .09 from 1st to 3rd. I was about .2 sec off from what I went in the relay, but I was still happy with the time, I just wish it ended in my favor. I warmed down and tried not to think about the race and got ready to prepare for the 400 medley relay since I was anchored it. In the relay, I slipped on the block hardcore on my start and only went a 45.94. I made sure I ate a good dinner and tried to get to bed early. I was up a little later than I wanted to with the race going through my mind, but I was over it by the morning and was ready for the three more 100 Free’s left of the meet.
Saturday was the final day of my last college swim meet ever. The day’s line-up was the 1650, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Fly. Just like the past two days I was entered in two events, the 200 back and the 100 free. To me the 200 back was a very fast event to make into finals and I had been training freestyle more than backstroke so logically I chose the 100 free. It was a wise choice since the 200 back took 1:49 low to make top 8. In the morning I went a 45.61 which was my best time by 0.1. At first I thought that I didn’t make it back to finals, but later found out that I got 5th, so that was a relief. The plan for the night was to take it out faster than I did in the morning which was a 21.86. We got back to the hotel and I continued to do my normal routine of making the PB&J, stretching with Eric and finish off with my power nap.
For finals all I had left were two 100 Freestyles, 1 individual and 1 on the relay. Even though it was the last day I still didn’t feel super tired, which I think was a good sign for the evening to come. Before finals started all of the seniors from each team were announced with a brief bio about them and they walked around the pool. There were 7 guys and 3 girls that graduated as listed: Chris Cruts, Trevor Lowe, Rafael Pena, Tyler Griffith, David Rudolf, Michael Shimansky, Eric Jackwin, Janelle Nassim, Alicia Stevens, Nikki Morley. The parents got us goodie bags with random stuff (candy) and a mug, a flower and some balloons. Moving on to the meet, I wasn’t too nervous for my race. I just wanted to have fun and that’s what I did. I ended up getting 4th place and going 45.41 which was 0.2 off my best. Now all that was left to do was the 400 Free relay at the end of the meet. I asked the coaches if I could lead off because I really enjoy leading off. I lead off with a 45.63 .2 off my best but still, solid swim to finish off a great meet. The guys on the relay (Tyler, Mikolaj, and John Walsh) all went under 45 to fish off with a 2:59.74 which also broke a 15 year old school record. It couldn’t have gotten any better to finish off the meet with that race.
We all were so excited about the meet, but wanted to get some food so we went to the Saltgrass Steak House for dinner. I had a salad and rib eye steak with some French fries. Liz Starke went around making sure that everyone who earned a “desert time” from the meet got one, so I ended up getting a piece of cheesecake. This was probably my first real desert since Christmas and it was so yummy. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and began the normal tradition of everyone speaking their words about the year. I would have to highlight Nikki Morley’s speech about handing over the responsibilities of taking care of Mikolaj to Eric Williams even though that makes no sense since both of them need people to look after them but it was hilarious. Another funny incident was when Alie Gonzalez was trying to speak but she kept playing with Trevor’s chair and he said “what are you doing with my chair?” People started to laugh but the kicker was when Mike Shimansky said “No Trevor, she is too old for you” (she was a freshman and he was a super senior for those of you who don’t know). I was laughing so hard that I was crying practically. Once that finished it was about 12 or 1 in the morning. I went back to my room to see that my parents texted me to come to their room. I went over and they had gotten me some beef jerky and a jalapeno cooker for the grill. That was pretty cool, because I love to make stuffed jalapenos with seasoned cream cheese wrapped with bacon. After that, a bunch of people went to the hotel Jacuzzi and pool to relax for a little while. It was nice to finally be over and have nothing to worry about for the rest of the weekend. I was planning to stay up all night with Chris but he didn’t feel like staying up this year, but I told him we still needed to do our door tradition. Last year we took all the door name tags and put them on the coaches’ door to be a joke for them to see it in the morning when they got up. This year Alan and Chris took all of the guys door tags since the girls were too big and they would not all fit on the door.
We got up pretty early in the morning since the flight was at 7 and the hotel was an hour away from the airport. The coaches just made it to pay for the checked luggage and had to literally run to the gate since they didn’t plan for the time it took to take the vans back to the rental car place. We boarded the plane with about 10 minutes to spare. I sat next to Eric Erton and across the aisle was Eric Williams. On the plane ride, I had my first soda (Ginger Ale) in months which was pretty good. One funny thing that happened on the plane was Eric W. took some gummies and put them in Jordan Richardson’s mouth when she was sleeping. She took it and threw it at him when she realized what he was doing. Being a tad bit sleep deprived I fell asleep a few times on the plane. Once we landed at Miami International I texted my girlfriend Nicola Mackenzie that I had arrived. On our way to the baggage area, I saw her standing there to surprise me! It was so exciting to see her since I hadn’t seen her in over a week. She got me a card that congratulated me for swimming well. I showed her some of my pictures and some videos on my camera as we waited for our bags. Every travel trip the team plays “The Bag Game”. The bag game is where everyone puts in a dollar and the person who’s bag comes out first wins all the money. I was sure that I was going to win since I was one of the last people to put my bags on. Well, I didn’t end up winning, actually, I lost big time since my bag never came out. Also, Emily Scraggs bag didn’t come out either, so coach Steve took us over to the baggage services to claim our lost bags. I had to give them all my information about what it looked like and the address to drop it off at. It was a good thing that I didn’t have anything important in it that I needed right away. My bag came that night and they dropped it off at my dorms around 10.
Overall the weekend was one of a kind. I swam amazingly for my last college meet getting all best times. I got to do what I love and hang out with all of my good friends. And to top it off my girlfriend surprised me at the end. I am sure that I will miss it and wish I had another year of eligibility, but life goes on. One thing that I have learned is to just stay positive and hard work and dedication will pay off in the end.
Results
Wednesday
Finals:
200 Free leadoff of 800 Free : 22.75 47.42 1:12.42 1:37.70
Thursday
Prelims:
200 IM : 6 Adam Corbin SR FAU 1:50.85 q
24.54 27.80 32.56 25.95
Finals:
200 IM : 4 Adam Corbin SR FAU 1:50.57 15
24.54 27.97 31.94 26.12
Friday
Prelims:
200 Free: 1 Adam Corbin SR FAU 1:38.47 q
22.83 24.59 25.47 25.58
Finals:
200 Free: 3 Adam Corbin SR FAU 1:37.95 NC-B
22.76 24.45 25.06 25.68
100 Free on medley relay: 21.92 45.94
Saturday
Prelims:
100 Free: 5 Adam Corbin SR FAU 45.61 q
21.86 23.75
Finals:
100 Free: 4 Adam Corbin SR FAU 45.41 15
10.30 11.30 11.89 11.92
100 Free lead off on 400 Free relay: 21.90 45.63

Tri Meet with Nova and FIU Jan 29th

The Tri meet was hosted by FIU and held at their north campus in Biscayne Bay. The bus trip was about an hour to the pool but so Coach Steve let us sleep-in an extra hour. Earlier in the week Coach Steve asked us if we wanted to swim any off event since Nova was a good team but didn’t have the depth since it was only their first year as a college team. My only one request was to swim the 50 free since I was getting tired of the 400 IM. So my line up for this meet was 50 free, 100 free, and 50 free in a relay. I call this super sprint since you can’t do anything less than that in 3 events.
This was FIU’s senior meet so there was a good crowd of people from their school. They also had free Mexican food for the spectators which I am sure they thoroughly enjoyed. Since my girlfriend, Nicola MacKenzie, lived close she came to watch me swim which was very nice of her. In my last away dual meet of my life I forget my cap, goggles and suit. It was pretty funny trying to find some backup equipment but Alan Forbes lent me his goggles, Ross Gunn lent me his suit and Coach Nikki got me a new swim cap.
Now moving on to the swim meet starting with my first race was the 50 free. It was right after the 200 free which was different to watch the 200 instead of swimming it this time. My main goal was to beat the sprinters in which I accomplished my goal by .05 and .06 and got first place with a 21.84. A few events later was my next event was the 100 free. It took it out way more relaxed than I should have because I came home strong but it made me especially excited to swim the 200 in the upcoming events. The next exciting event to watch was the 500 free because Eric Williams which is one of our best sprinters was in it. The joke was that he was going to beat Trevor Lowe since Trevor was a distance swimmer. He took it out like a champ for the first 100 where it then looked like he was settling in but he eventually died after the first 200. He went a best time with a 4:57 which was his first time under 5 min but still didn’t beat Trevor who went a 4:45. My last event was the 50 free again which I was lead off in the 200 free relay in the end. This is where the Rivalry between Mikolaj and I since he was talking trash about how he was going to beat me in the 50 since he was lead off for the A relay. I ended up out touching him by .1 by going the same exact time in the first 50 I swam today with a 21.84.
Overall it was an awesome last away dual meet that included much good laughter with friends and some fast swimming.
Results:
50 free: (1st) 21.84
100 free: (1st) 22.82 47.16 (24.34)
50 free relay lead off: (2nd) 21.84

My Last Dual Vs Florida

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.
Results:
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)

UPen, Brown, LSU, and Purdue Jan 8th

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.
Results:
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)

Cincinnati, Rice, Air Force, Denver Oh My! Dec 18th

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!
Results:
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)

The Chilled Dual Vs.Clemson Dec 15

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.
Results:
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)

Georga Tech Invite Nov 19-21

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.
Results:
Friday
Prelims:
200 IM : (17) Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 1:53.63 q
r:+0.71 25.13 28.57 32.54 27.39
Finals:
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
Saturday
Prelims:
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
Finals:
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
Sunday
Prelims:
100 Free: 15 Corbin, Adam C SRFAU-FG 46.10 q
r:+0.62 21.85 24.25
Finals:
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

Dual Vs Aggies Nov

The dual meet Vs Texas A&M was a night meet that started around 5 PM which was pretty interesting since I have never had a night meet before. Since the meet started when the sun was going down I shot some pretty cool video for my end of the year video I am going to make. Another cool thing was my girlfriend Nicola Mackenzie came to watch my races. For the meet line up tonight I swam the 50 beast on the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 100 free, and the 200 IM. I have been swimming the 200 free a lot more often than last year, which is good since I might swim that at conference instead of the 400 IM. Surprisingly knowing that the Aggies are a decent team we were keeping up with them in points until it got to the breaststroke event. They topped off the breaststroke events 1-4 in both the 100 and 200. I did pretty well winning the 200 free by .15, getting 2nd in the 100 by .26 and winning the 200 IM by .5. The next week I was chosen the Sunbelt Conference swimmer of the week. It was not the first time someone from FAU has gotten it but I believe its been a while since it wasn’t a foreigner from our team. They sent a certificate with my name on it stating what week I received the award.
Results:
50 breast relay: (26.27)
200 Free: (1st) 24.07 50.22 (26.15) 1:16.43 (26.21) 1:41.79 (25.36)
100 Free: (2nd) 22.85 46.84 (23.99)
200 IM: (1st) 26.02 55.66 (29.64) 1:28.41 (32.75) 1:55.16 (26.75)

Alumni Meet Oct 30th

This is my second Alumni meet that I have ever been too since Indian River didn’t have that type of meet.  The main idea of the meet is to bring the Alumni back during Homecoming week to have a swim meet in the morning and then go to the football game later that day. It’s very interesting looking at the Alumni from previous years where some look the same and some who have gained a “little” weight and look a tad ghostly. To make the meet fair for…(Rest was lost)

Princeton

Its always interesting to watch the Princeton head coach in action during the dual meets. I remember last year he wore a Hawaiian shirt but i think he wears the same one every year because he wore one again this year. Its been almost 2 months since the meet so I am trying to remember what I swam and what happened in the meet itself. It was a little chilly but with some warm clothes, you could stay comfortable. The only thing i remember for sure doing…(Rest was lost)