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Sunday, February 24, 2013


Senior Night!
(L-R; Buehler, Hanley, Johns, Jones, and Karlson)

Yup, that guy's a stud
(Matt Johns after his record setting day)

Matt Johns is having an amazing meet.
Matt's a senior too.

All three years at Bates he has been going lifetime bests - and experiencing tremendous success at one of the best conference meets in the country.  Each year he has exceeded expectations... but each year he has known he could be just a bit better if he had a consistent season of training under his belt.  It seems every year there has been interruptions by a nagging injury - or some issue from the sudden switch from rowing to swimming that happens each fall (you guessed it, he's an awesome two sport athlete)

Matt's lifetime bests from junior year were...
24.5 - 50 back
53.67 - 100 back
1:58.6 - 200 back

Record Setting 200 Medley Relay
(Briggs, Johns, Karlson, Duvvuri)
Those are real good times (especially when you go 26 and 59 in season).  However, this season Matt trained better and put more weeks in row of good training together.  Things have really been heading in a good direction - and last night he swam the 50 back and went 24.2!  Then he lead off the 400 medley relay and 52.4!  It was awesome.  He missed our school record in both by about one tenth.  Aupi, the school record holder in both, is at the meet and cheered him on every step of the way - he was even telling us all he hoped Johns broke the records! (he's a good guy, but I'm not sure I believed him).

Now, tonight things got even better for Matty J...  he led off the 200 medley in - get this - 23.92! WHAT!? Then he swam the 100 back in 51.86... holy crap. Two new school records!

You gotta be kidding. Also, that 23.9 back lead off gave way to a 26.01 breaststroke split (Briggs), a 22.2 fly leg (Venka), and a 20.9 free anchor (Karlson).  They took 2.8 seconds off the school record in the 200 Medley Relay!  It was a national B-cut too!

Sometimes you gotta hug it out...
Henneman being loved by Sommer and Hanley
From there we saw Buehler go another lifetime best in IM (the 400 tonight).  What a meet!
• Nick Karlson pop his first ever 1:47 in the 200 free
• Patton go 52.6 and Venka 51.1 in the fly (both lifetime bests).  Gagne score us top 6 with another strong step in his 100 fly (50.0)
• Andrew Seaton continue his tear with another lifetime best 100 breast (1:00.7)
• And of course Andrew Briggs taking 2 seconds off our 100 breast record with a 58.6!

I also loved seeing our 1000 guys put together great races and all three went lifetime best - and scored in the meet.  Very cool!

It was another fun day of swimming with tons of high fives and even some hugs...

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