Monday, 28 October 2013

Good day at the office

With the first dual meet done and dusted, Alaska Nanooks showed the Californians who's boss.
Points are scored for the place getters in each event, something like 9 for 1st 6 for 2nd etc.  I have to explain this so it makes sense when I say we won 143-62. Nanooks took out 9/11 events including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 fly. My first race as a collegiate swimmer leaves plenty of room for improvement. To put a positive spin on it I went out a bit 'ambitiously' in the first 100 of the 200 free. But this is something I worked on the next day, it was still under 2 minutes though, which sounds really cool to me.
I swam the 100 and 200 free on the Friday night. There were some great swims from the team. A few best times, which is great to see so early in the season and one trooper that swam the mile, 400 IM and 500 all on one day. 
Since we brought the team all the way up here, we race them over two days and it count as two separate meets. Some of the races are the same over the 2 days ie 50 and 100 free, but day 1 has the 200 back and day 2 has the 100, day 1=100 brs day 2=200 brs etc.
The second day was another sweep for the Nanooks winning 9/11 events and this time 1-2-3 in the 200 IM.
you can read all the recaps almost as soon as the meet finishes from the Alaska Nanooks website. Here is the recap for Day 2:

Dual meets are different to any meet I've ever been to. For starters, there only about 30 swimmers and one heat of everything. If you look at the results sheet you wonder how it took almost 3 hours to swim about 45 minutes worth of races. After every event there is a five minute warm up/ warm down break so people can prepare for their races.
There is a LOT more cheering. Swimmers get right up close to the end of the pool and cheer for their teammates. If you remember I told you about the water level, how the water comes up to the top of the wall, this means if youre swimming brs or fly they can get so close they could reach out and pat you on the head for encouragement.
Also lap counters. Even for the 500! You get someone on you team to stick this board into the water and it counts up, not down. for the mile they count all the way up to 63 on the board and then flick it to a red square which means 1 length to go.
The Team spirit is awesome. We do cheers and  wear the team uniform. even after the meet we went to watch the volleyball match, still in our togs.

Stay tuned for another action packed weekend next time as we take on LMU.

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