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Ande's Swimming Blog blogged by Ande Rasmussen who swims with Longhorn Aquatics Masters in Austin, Texas.
started March 2005 on the USMS Discussion Forums at: & kept blogging there till September 2008.

Ande was coached by

Paul Bergen on Longhorn Aquatics from 1979 to 1982

Eddie Reese on the University of Texas Mens Team from 1981 to 1986

Ande is currently coached by Whitney Hedgepeth on Longhorn Aquatics Masters
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  1. Meet Results: 2008 SPMA Regional SCM Championships

    by , December 8th, 2008 at 11:30 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday December 8th, 2008

    think I'll be a dual blogger here &

    MEET RESULTS from the

    2008 SPMA Regional Short Course Meters Championships on
    Saturday, December 6th & Sunday 7th, 2008 in
    Long Beach, CA

    11:15 # 07 50 M Butterfly 00:26.46
    12:38 # 10 100 M Backstroke 00:59.10
    04:55 PM# 19 200 M Individual Medley 02:19.99
    11:43 # 24 100 Butterfly
    12:27 # 26 50 M Breaststroke 00:31.99
    02:04 # 29 200 Backstroke 02:19.99
    03:15 # 31 100 Freestyle
    * originally planned to swim the 50 bk & 100 IM
    but my plane was leaving at 6:30
    so I dropped out of them and added the 100 fly & 200 back where I planned to go for a 50 bk time

    First of all this was a very well run meet
    kudos to all the great grunion volunteers who pulled if off

    Races and Comments

    wore a blue seventy nero comp in all my races

    50 fl
    went 25.99
    last year I was 26.15
    this year I went 26.30
    nailed the touch, knew I was going to hit it right at the flags
    struggled through the turn
    took more SDKs
    Still need to work on belly SDKs, take more off each wall, probably 10 off the start and 10 off the turn
    didn't drop my fly & free times as much as my back times

    100 bk 58.89
    28.66 30.23
    went 1:00.90 last year
    went 59.10 at AZ
    tried to go out more relaxed and bring it home better

    200 im
    been eyeing Glenn Mills NR not sure if it's a WR because he did the time at the 2008 Gay Games
    Glenn split his race
    1 29.05 29.05 2 1:04.60 35.55 3 1:42.00 37.40 4 2:13.42 31.42
    so my plan was
    Fly easy speed save legs breathe
    Back easy speed save legs breathe
    breast work it, sprint, great form
    free work it sprint SDK off turns

    went 29.10 34.93 38.82 31.31 for a
    which might have broke the WR
    if Mills swim doesn't count
    we'll see,
    in 2004 I went 2:15.0
    Think I could have gone faster if I'd swum it first or been a bit more aggressive on the front end, pretty much dragged my legs on the fly and cruised the back, held back on SDKs in favor of AIR

    should have kept my kick going better on the last length of the FR


    100 fly
    skipped it
    was at this meet to try to break the WR in the 50 bk, thought the 100 fly would tire me too much

    50 br
    went 31.49
    ran a few erronds Sunday morning,
    showed up at the pool thinking I had plenty of time, women's 50 BR was on the block and I was in the last heat of mens 50 breast
    warmed up in my B70
    don't remember much about the race other than I felt uncoordinated and really need to fine tune my breastroke technique to go faster
    Dave Guthrie went 30.2
    Jeff Commings went 28.0

    200 bk
    went for 50 bk split
    went 27.20 and broke Clay's 27.24 WR
    Finally got it before Chris Stevenson comes along to obliterate it
    made some race mistakes
    was too deep 10 kicks off the start and had to sharply angle up to surface
    didn't go deep enough on my turn and make a fountain with my first kick then was able to go deeper
    went 2:39 in my 200 bk got 2nd in my age group

    100 fr
    went 54.5
    25.8 28.7
    legs on the 3rd and 4th length
    hurt super bad
    should have gone out easier and back halfed it

    really wanted to swim the
    100 IM but ran out of time and had to go home

    Jeff Commings wore a blue seventy in his races made huge time improvements,
    he's come over to the dark side.

    saw many wonderful people at the meet:
    Jim Clemmons, Allen Stark, Erik Hochstein, Rich Abrahams, Philipp Djang, Al Jaegers, Bob Strand, and Sherri Hart (sorry if I left you out)

    this was a fun meet at a fast beautiful pool right on the beach

    Roomed with David Guthrie

    he filmed of my several races which I hope to post on youtube soon

    didn't sleep well each night
  2. Ande's Swimming Blog

    by , September 17th, 2008 at 03:25 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Ande's Swimming Blog

    I swim for Longhorn Masters coached by Whitney Hedgepeth at the Texas Swim Center in Austin Texas.
    Swim: fly, back, free, and IM.
    50's & 100's,
    200's, 400's & 500's Sometimes,

    Events and Times

    Ask Ande

    Swim Faster Faster

    1980 & 81
    Coached by Paul Bergen in Austin, TX, high school JR & SR year

    1981 - 86
    Coached by Eddie Reese at the University of Texas at Austin
    swam 50 & 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back & 200 IM

    On March 23rd, 2005,
    I started posting details about my workouts and meets at
    my last post was September 19th, 2008
    Then it was closed

    Updated December 9th, 2008 at 11:58 AM by matysekj

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