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Auburn SCY Invitational day 1

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by , February 15th, 2014 at 10:37 PM (1467 Views)
Had a great first day today. I put in roughly 90 miles preparing for 7 200+ yard events and one sprint over 2 days. For the most part, it has paid off pretty big with some significant drops in time. As usual, the meet is well organized and has been as on-time as possible. Very much missed Ellen (ekw) and Elaine. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Hope to see you next year! Saw Swimosaur who gutted out a 200 fly and 400 IM with me. On to the events:

1650 Free:
Seed time - 19:17.76
Meet time - 19:04.24
I was seeded #2 with my teammate #3 and Ellen's teammate, Eric @ #1. Eric had a 19:02 for his seed. Since I was shooting for a sub-19:00, the plan was to push Eric hoping to wear him out so my teammate would have a chance to knock him off (they were both in the same age group). The problem was that Eric came to swim. I stayed in contact with him for 500 yards before he started swimming away to an 18:40. If he had gone closer to his seed time, I think I could have put in a better effort. But as it turns out I was miserable after 1000 yards and pretty much swimming on my own. At 1200, I was ready to give it up. Somehow I gutted out the last 400 yards and turned in a pretty nice time. It's not sub 19:00 but I'm not going to scoff at a 13 second drop in time.

200 Fly:
Seed time - 2:30.63
Meet time - 2:21.94 (32.43, 36.15, 36.37, 36.29)
This was just a really fun swim. I was in lane three with my teammates Roger and Dave in lanes 4 and 5. Swimosaur was one more over in lane 6. My fly has improved a lot over the last year and the way this set up, there was a lot of motivation to do well. Roger got a second on me after 50 and held of my charge at the end. I was hurting after 150 but far from gassed and had plenty to make a run at Roger.

200 Free:
Seed time - 2:02.71
Meet time - 2:04.61 (28.92, 31.48, 32.30, 31.91)
As much as the 200 fly was one of my better swims, this was one of my worst. After a poor dive and bad turn @ the 50, I lost the mental battle, fatigued and just blew it. The 200 free continues to elude me. I'm capable of a sub-2:00 but can't ever figure out how to get there.

400 IM:
Seed time - 5:08.96
Meet time - 4:59.20 (1:09.30, 1:22.66, 1:20.82, 1:06.42)
I was going for a sub-5:00 time and knew I could do it but had doubts after the 200 free. I was very happy to turn around a bad race and make a goal like this.

Tomorrow - 500 Free, 200 Br, 50 Br and 200 IM.

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  1. jbs's Avatar
    Nice swims! Great job!
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    That is some meet lineup. I can't imagine doing that many events in one session. You did awesome. Congratulations on dropping so much time.
  3. ekw's Avatar
    Good swims! Eric has been training hard lately so I'm glad to hear his result in the mile too.

    I hate not being there.
  4. pmccoy's Avatar
    Thanks all! It was definitely a tough lineup but I actually didn't have the toughest. That goes to Linda Callaway who did 50 more yards than I did. Not only is she 15 years older than I am, she did the 1650, 200 fly, 400 IM and 200 IM with a titanium plate in her from an injury. We quickly adopted her as our distance queen.

    I'll post more on my second day tomorrow but I definitely was more tired after the first day and my performance seemed to suffer some.
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    Nice job!! MY kind of meet!