We used this meet as a final "dress rehearsal" for the NESCAC championship meets. The swimmers either tried their best events one more time, or attempted something completely new as they were feeling good about their previous performance. I put relays together to give them more experience in their exchanges, and got creative in other instances to make sure each swimmer had a chance to wrap up their season right. It really felt more like an invite than a dual meet.
Although Connecticut College really showed us where we want to be as program, we saw fantastic swims in every event. We continue to just lack depth right now. For me, the highlights came from our relay performances. All of them were season bests - and when you get that many people all coming together to be their best - well, it makes you realize the team is truly clicking. Our big exclamation points came from Charlotte Green and Katelyn Drake though.
Charlotte broke 4 pool records, and set two school records. Her time of 51.58 in the 100 free currently ranks her 3rd in the country, and automatically qualifies her for the National Championships in March! She also led of the 200 free relay in a 24.26, another school record, personal best, and B-cut.
Katelyn led off our Medley Relay with a pool record in both the 50 back (28.09) and the 100 Back (57.68) - yup, she set the 50 record on her way out to the 100! Her 100 back time ranks her 5th in the country right now, and is only .2 off the automatic qualifying time! Not to mention the nice 1:56 200 free time, and 24.1 50 free split.
Those swims were absolutely awesome. They really showed everyone how well they have been training, and how focused they have been. Both came in hoping they could get their national cuts taken care of, and both made it happen. That's pretty special.
I also encourage everyone to look closely at all the results, looking past just the event winners. Across the board we saw 2-3 people in each event going their in-season best...
A few that caught my eye...
Hope Fleming continues to throw down 1:05's in her 100 back - which I beleive is faster than last year's conference meet.
Chris Berry went 54 in the 100 back for the first time ever unshaved.
Alexis split 1:03 in the 100 fly during the medley and also went in-season bests in her 100 and 50!
Helen Evans swam a great 100 fly.
Amy Johnston dropped big time in her 100 breast and 200 IM!
Reingold goes 5:25 in the 500 (and Hanson goes 5:35)
Bailey swims her best in-season 500... A gutsy race that hurt just as much as her 1000!
Ned Scott splits 53.1 in the fly and goes 53.7 individually
McKeown pops a 1:02 in his breast
Depew's 55.7 leadoff BK leg was his best of the year.
Lipoff goes 49.8 relay split in the 100 and 1:53 in the 200
B. Coop hits his in-season best 100 free
Kick Sullivan goes in-season bests in the 200 and 500 free
Tato pops a 1:57 and 2:32 (breast) - huge drops even though she "felt off"
Tawa runs away with her 50 breast race crushing the heat and going so fast we couldn't even get an official time!
Aupi shows he was our fastest 50 freestyler of the day, and wins the 200 IM again.
Peem splits 22.2 again (still recovering from a 200 and 500 that left him drained).
Dukuly is back at her best in-season times
Pat Carroll continues to flirt with that 22.9
Lamdin qualifies for nationals on 1 Meter
Rudis just misses by .6!
Fallon goes her best of the season in the 50 breast
Seriously, look at all that - and I know I missed things as this just came off the top of my head. All in all, it was a fantastic last meet.
Finally, I just can't thank the seniors enough for doing such a phenomenal job over their fours years here. They showed the ability to always work hard, trust the coaches and their teammates, and most importantly, think creatively and have an imagination. An amazing coach once told me that an imagination was much more important than hard work. I experienced that first hand these past two years.