Yesterday SCSD had our first real meet of the 2016-17 season. We hosted Mount Holyoke College and Westfield State University for a meet entirely composed of relays. The relay format made the meet feel like it was moving quickly and I enjoyed swimming all the events as a team rather than individually. Before the meet started, our assistant coach Zach surprised us with team bag tags, which was super exciting because I have always wanted a bag tag!
Though I usually swim a maximum of five events at our meets, at this meet I was entered in eight out of the 12 relays. The meet began with 1 meter diving and it was fun to watch my teammates dive really well.
In the first half of the meet, I swam the 50 fly in the 200 medley relay, the 100 fly in the 3×100 fly relay, the 100 back in the 3×100 backstroke relay, and the 50 free in the 200 free relay. In the second half, I swam the 100 fly in the 400 medley, the 50 fly in the 200 fly relay, the 50 back in the 200 back relay, and the 100 free in the 400 free relay. Though it was tough to swim so many events in one meet, it is good to know I can perform even when I feel tired. As coach Kim always says, “There is no such thing as fatigue!”
My major takeaway from this meet is that I need to work on figuring out how to sprint earlier in the meet and finding my feel for the water. Overall, our team performed really well and I cannot wait to see where this season will take us!