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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bowdoin Dual Meet

Ahh... Wednesday night meets - after doubles on Tuesday, and 4 days before exams start. You could say, this is why it is called "College" Swimming and Diving. Bottom line though, racing mid week is good. Swimming a school rival and forcing yourself to step up is good. Last night definitely made us better.

Every meet teaches me something about both individual athletes, and the team as whole. The best part is, I continue to be impressed with the level desire I see - and the need this team has for swimming fast. It makes me want to work harder and do a better job. Those two ingredients are completely necessary if you want to continue building a program.

Here are a few cool little gems from the meet.

• Our men's 400 freestyle relay won - even though they were exhibition (each guy was swimming his 4th event of the night... I've been known to pile on more events than allowed at times). Winning relays means everything to me - it's taking an individual sport to its highest team level. Even better, if I picked our 4 fastest guys we would have been 1.5 seconds faster than we went! Bottom line, the time we posted is 5 seconds faster than last years best in-season time - and that is cool (especially on Wednesday night).

• Tasha Rosener threw her lifetime best 3 meter score and Dan Perry was only 25.5 points of a national cut!

• Annie Barton posted a top 20 NESCAC time in the 200 IM!

(Pictures taken by Lincoln Benedict - Meg Conley up top and Chris Berry below)

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