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January 2008

Coaches, Swimming & Diving

All Systems “GO”

Two weeks until the MIAC Championships, and everything feels like it’s falling perfectly into place. The swimmers are swimming their best times of the season in our recent meets (we had a great meet against St. Olaf, and some terrific swims in the dual against St. Mary’s and at the St. Kate’s Invite). I’ve never seen spirits so high.
As I compare our times to the results of the Gustavus/Carleton meet, it’s exciting to think that we’d be right in there with these top teams in the MIAC. Our goal this year was to make a move to the top group of the MIAC, and it feels like we’re gaining momentum as we move that way. Our women’s relays are among the best in the conference…in fact, the 400 Medley has the fastest time posted this year. Our men are all well ahead of where they tapered from last year…some even posting lifetimes bests pre-taper. Everyone looks really good in the water, and everyone is working hard, and working smart. No coach could ask for more.
We have 14 swimmers tapering for the Gustavus Invite on Saturday, and they look GREAT. Can’t wait to see them swim.
Can’t wait for February 14, too….can’t wait……can’t wait!

Coaches, Swimming & Diving

We just keep getting faster

After a spectacular training trip–which included great weather, some great workouts, and a lot of really fast swims against D-II powerhouse Wayne State, we are back in the water in our home pool at St. Thomas (which we affectionately call the “Palace Clubhouse.”
You’d think we’d be tired after stepping off the plane and hitting the water the very next day for J-term training, but we went up to Concordia and even after a 3+ hour bus ride, we broke 5 pool records (Read about it here: http://www.tommiesports.com/wsd/news/20080105Cobbers.html).
Probably 3/4ths of the team had their season’s best time in at least one event. Our women’s 400 Medley Relay posted the fastest time in the MIAC in their swim up at Concordia, going 4:10.16.
And although it’s only been a week home, the whole team is really training well and swimming fast in practice, despite battling the sore throats and ear/sinus infections that are going around.
We get a good test this weekend, with a double dual against Hamline and St. Catherine’s on Friday, and then up to the SJU/CSB Winter Invite, where we’ll see Gustavus along with the Johnnies and Blazers.