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Homecourt Advantage: Rutgers Swim Meet Day 2
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Homecourt Advantage: Rutgers Swim Meet Day 2

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Day 2 of the meet was shorter; most of the events were 50 and 100-meter sprints.

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Another big breakfast before the meet: Super Fluffy Pancakes, Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal, and Fantastic Scrambled Eggs.

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Food does bring people closer!

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The body language tells it all; Dennis (left) and John looked a little tired, but they still got some gas left in the tank.

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Hanna (in lane 1)  swam her first event of the day - 200 breaststroke. She looked relaxed in the water and finished in the top 8 of her age group.

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Joel swam the 200 breaststroke as well. He has great techniques and earned himself a spot in the top 8 too.

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I swam my 50-Meter freestyle immediately after the 200 breaststroke event. I placed 9th in my group, age 18 to 24. I shed 5 seconds since the last meet.

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Standing behind the block, in lane 4 (with black speedo on), and trying to relax before my first breaststroke event. You can see my breaststroke event on video in the previous entry.

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I placed third place(out of 3 people) in my age group, 18 to 24. I earned 6 points for my team by default. I wonder if I could beat anybody had there been more people in the group.

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JJ, one of the coaches, swam in 100-Meter backstroke.

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Michael swimming his first event of the day: 100-meter IM.

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Our first relay race, men’s 4×50 meter mix, of day-2. The race started with backstroke, then went into breaststroke and butterfly, and ended with freestyle.

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The first relay team, from the left: JJ (backstroke), Chris (freestyle), Joel(breaststroke), and Dennis (butterfly).

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Women’s 4×50 meter mix relay. These women were fast!

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The relay team, from the left: Sayaka (backstroke), Jess (freestyle), Chrissy (butterfly), and Hanna (breaststroke).

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Last but not least, the co-ed relay team. They put up a great fight in the water! From the left: Jess, John, Michael, and Hanna.

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Finally, the meet was over! We were tired and hungry, but we had a lot of fun competing over the weekend.

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And the celebration began…we went to “Stuff Yer Face”, where celebrity chef, Mario Batali, started his culinary adventure as a college student, to celebrate with few beers and stromboli. From the left: Michael, Jess, Hanna, and Dennis.

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The other side of the table, from the left: Joel, me, Sayaka, and Michael.

The Rutgers meet ended well; everyone won at least a medal (yes…even I had one, can you believe it? I guess competing at home court did give me some “advantage”). I was happy to see my time dropped. But I still have many flaws in my techniques; I need to work on my starts and turns, finish my strokes all the way, and kick harder with my hips. The next major event is in March, and I have 3 months to correct my flaws. Until then…back to the drawing board.

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