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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Meet Recaps (UNE/Norwich/Middlebury)

It was quite an amazing week actually. It is never easy to go from the ideal training environment (Florida) back to the college lifestyle. New class schedules, new professors... new bed times. Then you have all the reconnecting with friends and teammates that are back on campus and eager to hear how you are doing.

On top of that, the training doesn't slow down - and the coaching on the deck is still yelling at you to go faster and work harder. It's just not easy.

Now throw in back to back dual meets Saturday and Sunday…

Simply put, lots of swimming, lots of diving, and I'm sure, lots of homework.

Everything was in place for a half-hearted effort. But that wasn't the case at all. And you know what? The more I learn about what it means to be a Bates Swimmer and Diverr the more impressed I am. The pride alone in representing their college is enough to make me want to work harder.

Recap? Sure thing… Countless in-season bests kept popping up for our swimmers. Smart swim after smart swim was executed with a savvy that showed their minds and bodies were working together. And even those that hoped for faster times showed me that they have worked hard - and their rhythms are just a few weeks of rest away. I was more and more pumped with each race that went off.

Even more spectacular is the fact that we had two NCAA qualifiers on the diving boards! The divers ALL had good meets (Coach Bartley even used the words "absolutely exceptional!"). Dan Perry, who has clearly been on a mission all year, qualified for Nationals on 1 meter both Saturday and Sunday. You'll have to drop him a quick note congratulating him... it is so special to qualify for Nationals - and even more so when you are a Senior and have worked toward this goal for three and half years. I can't begin to express my excitement for him. Also, Kelsey Lamdin... wow. I mean, who takes a semester abroad in Italy, trains for two weeks and qualifies for nationals? Only one of the best I imagine. I can't wait to see what happens when we arrive at NESCAC and NCAA's with, lets say, two months of training!?!

Bates Swimming and Diving will be competing at the National Meet for the 14th consecutive year. That tells you a lot about a program and it's tradition of excellence.

Don't get me wrong, we still have a lot of work ahead, but as I have said all year, momentum is a good thing…

- Coach

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