We Back

Ladies and Gentlemen: we are back and it feels good. The Whitworth University men’s and women’s swim teams got their dual meet season under way this weekend and despite being tired and sore, it feels good to be racing again!

As a team we’ve spent the last eight weeks of practice laying a foundation for the rest of the season, or “building our cup, from which we shall later drink” as coach Steve likes to say. For the most part this process has not been pretty; I’ll allow my buddy Nathan’s Facebook status from a couple weeks ago sum it up for you:

“Coach said we are filling our chalices today and will drink of them in the grand feast that is conference and nationals. I don't think I want to drink it though...so far it's only been filled with blood, vomit, and lactic acid.”

Nuff said.

But as we slowly move out of that phase and into the racing part of our season there is a lot to look forward to. This is my senior year and I am treasuring every moment of it.

Friday night was Pirate night at the aquatic center, which meant that many of the Spokane Waves swimmers whom I coach every night after my own practice were on deck to support. I love racing in our home pool when the deck and bleachers are packed, it definitely helps get my adrenalin flowing so thank you to everyone that came out!

Clearly the support helped me in my 200 Breaststroke as I swam a 2.02.14 to break the Whitworth Aquatic Center record. What amazes me about this swim is that I swam a 2.02.34 in the 200 Breast three years ago at the NCAA National Championships to finish 12th and gain my first All-American certificate. The fact that I went 2.02 at my first dual meet of the 2011-2012 season is an absolute tribute to the Whitworth coaching staff and the swimmers I’ve practiced with for the last three years – how far we have come!  Thank you guys.

Photo courtesy of Austin Vierra

So the season is in full swing, we march on next weekend to Oregon for the Northwest Invitational hosted by Linfield College. What happens there is yet to be seen, but I like the trajectory we are on right now. Onwards and upwards!