Tonight I swam the last of the races on my program this week here in Port Elizabeth. The first of which was the 200 Breaststroke, the second was the 400 Medley relay. I am very happy with the results from both swims and have nothing but positive things to say about my week of racing here in South Africa.

In the heats of the 200 Breaststroke this morning, I dived in and my goggles fell off and lodged themselves between my nose and my mouth. As hard as I tried not to freak out, it was incredibly difficult to try and maintain a stroke count and pace though the 200 meters. I somehow managed to do it however and set myself up for a decent final this evening.

Coming into this meet I had a best time of 2.17.95 in the 200 Breaststroke which I swam last summer. The goals for the race laid out like this in my mind; I would be ecstatic with a 2.14, very happy with a 2.15, happy with a 2.16 and a bit upset if we were still stuck on a 2.17. I touch the wall in 2 minutes and 15.88 seconds and am very happy with the result. I picked up the silver medal, behind Neil Versfeld who swam a great race and qualified for the World Championships in Shanghai later this year.  Because none of these races have been broadcast anywhere this week, here is a video of the race. I am in a black cap, lane 5 with very pasty skin.

My final race of the week was swimming the breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley relay. After my individual breaststroke final I said I was a little disappointed in the fact that I didn’t put up a time that I knew my body was capable of so I wanted to find out what I was capable of this evening. Despite the relay being about 25 mins after the 200 Breaststroke final I managed to put up a 1.02.01 split which I am very happy about! A great way to end the week.

It’s really been a good week. I didn’t manage to qualify for the World Championship team going to Shanghai, but I did qualify for selection for the World University Games which will be held in Shenzhen, China in August this year. I will now wait to find out whether I will be included on the team. I also broke into the top 100 rankings in the world for the first time in my swimming career. According to Swimnews.com I am currently ranked 78th in the 50 Breast, 97th in the 100 Breast, and 66th in the 200 Breast.

It’s been a great year. I cannot thank everyone who has supported me enough. My wonderful girlfriend, Carla for putting up with all my crap! My parents for their continued moral and financial support. My coaches for their insight and faith. The Whitworth Swim team for their daily inspiration and all my friends all over the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Back to Spokane tomorrow. Back in the pool on Monday. We have work to do friends.