Monday, May 11, 2009
Two years ago he showed up to his first Masters swim meet wearing board shorts! - Now he is tied for tenth in the nation in the 50-free!
One-minute, twenty-seconds into this Floswimming video, Garrett quickly interviews one of our SCAQ relay teams; (We all look good in black, don't you think?). Our freestyler for that relay participated in his first ever Masters swim meet at UCLA just two years ago swimming a 25.88 in the 50-free while wearing a pair of board shorts.
Fast-fwd to last weekend and he swam a 22.9 to tie for tenth-place in his age group at Masters Nationals. (That is so Rocky!) Not bad for swimming for only two years.
We have a another success story like this on the female side who did quite well at Nationals setting a personal best in the 50-free after participating in her first meet just 7-weeks ago. That is courageous for she made the race against herself. (People who get stage-fright know what I am talking about.)
SCAQ is coalescing into a very fast, a very eclectic, and a very unified team. We are snappy dressers too with out black suits and our black silicon caps. (We don't wear no stinkin' latex.) We need more SCAQ swimmers to show up and join the party. Look how happy everybody is in the video that Garrett shot above. It was not about the race but rather the shared experience.
We need more SCAQ swimmers to compete. Just nine of us showed up at SPMA SCY Regionals in a club that boasts over 1000 swimmers and still we got a sixth place trophy for our efforts. That was so cool being part of a team effort that yielded a trophy.
Come be part of it. What is even more fun than competing in a challenging event is being on a relay that wins a ribbon or medal. My best medal, and the only first place medal, I have ever received at a championship was on a relay. John, Doug, Dan and I stormed it at SCM Regionals and the accomplishment was exhillerating. (When was the last time you felt exhillerated?)
(Thanks to Chris B. And Erik H. for sending me this video.)