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07/08/18: Baystate Games lcm

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I was able to commit to driving down to Boston for day 2 of the Baystate Games, this year at Harvard University. It is a fun meet where the kids swim their finals championship heat before us old folks, with great swag too (t-shirt and cap for all, medals and one pullover jacket if you place). I was able to convince Greg to join me for a rare LCM swim in New England. Even though I am in VT, as a member of New England Masters I am eligible to compete.

A plus about this meet is that since the adults swim during the finals section of the meet, warmups started at 3pm and the first splash was at 4. For day 2 there were only 1-2 heats for Masters for most events, except for 3 heats of the 100 free. There is a limit of 4 events over the course of the meet, so I entered the first 4 today :duh: The age groups for the meet ar 19-34. 35-49, 50+.

200 Fly: 2:54.51
37.31, 44.16 (1:21.47), 47.81 (2:09.28), 45.23 (2:54.51)
- I felt good during the race although my 3rd 50 was a little too slow. I switched to DPS fly after the first 50 and stayed relaxed throughout.

200 IM: 2:54.44
36.90, 45.03 (1:21.93), 56.14 (2:18.07), 36.37 (2:54.44)
- I again felt good during this race. I have been trying to reinvent my breaststroke and despite still being slow I was able to get into a good rhythem.

200 Back: 2:42.26
39.23, 41.81 (1:21.04), 42.40 (2:03.44), 38.82 (2:42.26)
- I was looking forward to a solid swim and was able to throw one down. I am really happy with the splits. During warmups I did my best to count strokes so it helped me during this swim.

100 free: 1:04.84
32.66, 32.18 (1:04.84)
- At this point I was pretty tired and didn't have a lot of speed off the blocks, but I was able to build into the walls and then did my best to hammer the rest of the swim.

All in all a great meet. After the Masters heats they had a small awards ceremony for all age groups, so there was a little break between swims. The diving well was open for swimming during the duration of the meet so I warmed down there. I was done with all of my events in less than two hours.

This ended my third LCM meet. I have been swimming at Harvard for many years but all scy, so it was a real treat to finally swim here LCM. Here in VT there is only one LCM pool but it is two hours north in Middlebury, and sometimes I can sneak in to the pool at a college less than an hour away. It would be cool if I had more opportunities to swim lCM, but it is what it is in New England.

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  1. aztimm's Avatar
    Sounds like a great, "mini-meet," for you, especially that 100 free!

    Are you doing any big o/w events this year?
  2. rxleakem's Avatar
    Nothing planned Tim. I might do a longer swim on my own at a nearby reservoir (4 or 5 miles). And there's a new OW swim in NH that I might squeeze in if I can get the day off from work. Still trying to maintain