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Homecourt Advantage: Rutgers Swim Meet Day 1
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Homecourt Advantage: Rutgers Swim Meet Day 1

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Finally…the final swim meet of 2008 arrived. The meet took place at Rutgers University, where I have trained myself 4 to 5 times a week since summer. Competing in my home turf gave me some confidence because I was familiar with the surroundings and had no problem managing my time going from one event to the next one.The Rutgers swim meet was a two-day event, and over 15 U.S. Masters Swim Teams (1 team came from Arizona!) ompeted.

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Where I have spent 6 to 8 hours every week honing my strokes and building endurance. And I usually swim in Lane-6. Was I ready for the biggest meet of the year? We shall find out…

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I served a loaf of sweet potato bread to my teammates, who stayed over my house for the weekend, for breakfast before the first day of the meet.

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Breakfast menu: sweet potato bread, creamy grits, fantastic scrambled eggs, apples and bananas, and homemade cashew butter. From left to right: Joel (coach), Sayaka, and JJ (coach)

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Relaxation…watching some TV and chatting.

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Bearcats (team mascot) were sharing some laughs before jumping into the pool.

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Bearcats warming up in the first lane. Each one of us swam 4 to 6 hundred yards.

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Hanna, left, and Chrissy kept each other company between each event. Both of them can out-swim me easily.

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Chrissy (lane 2) swam her butterfly event. She is our butterfly specialist and scored many points for us by placing in the top 8 of her age group.

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Dennis (lane 5) and John (lane 7) also swam very well. Both of them scored some points to put us in contention for “top team performance”.

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Hanna (blue cap), who has amazing breaststroke, hung tough and won second place of her heat in 100-Meter IM.

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Our first relay team was outstanding; they won second place in 4×50-Meter Freestyle Relay.

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Our second relay team’s performance was just as splendid as the first team. They broke the team record for Mix-team 4×50-Meter Freestyle Relay.

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As for me…I improved my 100-Meter Freestyle by shedding more than 10 seconds since the last meet. But, I still have a lot of room for improvement. I placed 12th in my age group.

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So far, 200-Meter Freestyle has been my best event; I shed 27 seconds since the last meet. I placed 7th in my age group, and earned 2 points by default.

Stay tuned for day-2 of the swim meet…

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