Sunday, March 22, 2009

2009 SPMA Santa Clarita SCY Masters Meet: Personal best 100-free: 57.54 • Personal best 50-free: 25.64


Ahelee was in that heat as well and she is standing next to me 'stage left.'


FAIL! - Look at the two losers in the air. We are so out-classed by Ahelee for she has the reaction time of antelope! I guess the rest of us need to start playing "Whack-a-Mole" or something to speed up our pathetic slow-motion starts. As for now, time dilates when Ahelee is on the blocks!


The race was close from beginning to end. Look at Ahelee's reach; I am the guy at the bottom of the photo.


I need to work on shoulder flexibility; I am going to work on my kick as well. What happens to people on the third-lap of the 100-free? It's starts off with so much promise and ends in so much pain.



I came in at 57.54, a personal best and I was elated. I even got a blue ribbon after tying for first with a swimmer from Bakersfield. What made the win feel so good is that there were 10-people in my age-group trying hard for that ribbon and I got to share it with all the right people at the swim meet.

Rob of RobAquatics took these photos and I very flattered he shared them. Rob too swam a personal best in the 100 IM by .2 seconds after a 4-second drop 2-weeks earlier at the Cal Tech Pentathlon. Here he is below:


17 comments:

the17thman said...

Congrats on those personal best.

Ahelee said...

I was so privileged to swim with "my favorite SPMA boyz" on either side of me in Santa Clarita!
Even though they SMOKED me every single race...
I was so happy they were swimming out of their minds - FAST, I didn't even care about getting beat!

Good show Tony!

Ahelee said...

Oh by the way Tony Austin... those times are going DOWN by YOU in CLOVIS!!

Can't wait to see it happen!

Rob D said...

And to think you were nervous about swimming yesterday... you killed it! Good job.

I think I'm going to go to UCLA for sure now, are you going to be there?

Wendy said...

PB's!!! Well done!

Chris W. said...

Great performances Tony!

Tony Austin said...

Thanks everybody. I need to sprint more 75,s so I can approach that 3rd lap faster. The third lap starts off with so much promise and then I feel my legs and arms.

Erik Sterne said...

Way to go Tony. I have not seen the results yet, but the SPMA meets are getting popular. The 50-54 age group is very large. Pacific Masters had our SCAM Spring Break meet at CAL Saturday, some good swims, and also some unfortunate swimming accidents. A swimmer forgot that there was a bulkhead and he swam right into it, causing a laceration on his scalp, other swimmers had difficulty with crashing into the bulkhead too. I did swim all 5 events that I entered, the last event of the day was 50 free and I did 25.65. See you soon

Tony Austin said...

WHOA! only .02 of second away from beating me in the 50-free as well as the 200-free. I guess now I have to go to Clovis.

I tied for first in an event that had 10-swimmers just in my age group.

Anonymous said...

Great swims, Tony! Mark Savage

Trev said...

Congratulations, Tony!

Jason said...

Tony rocks! congrats!

Anonymous said...

whats the point of shaving your head if you arent going to shave the goat?

Rob D said...

I shave my head because I'm bald anyways, I leave the goatee as a feng shui balance type of thing. Neither are speed based choices.

I have tested out different facial hair configurations in the name of science. Fu man chu, goatee with and without a mustache, a strip down the middle, etc... none of them seem to make much of a difference.

Tony Austin said...

Rob, I think you look great. You're a handsome guy and with that pork pie hat, you look like a cross between a bebop hipster jazz cat and undercover detective circa 1963.

Rada said...

Tony, how many times have we discussed your start reaction time, or lack thereof, at previous lactic workouts? :) We'll have to start playing the hit-you-with-a-kickboard game!

Tony Austin said...

Dude, I was the second person in the water. Ahelee Sue Olsen has mercury; (quicksilver) for blood.

Okay, okay, I will work it more.