Wow-what a week for swimming in Massachusetts! First, with scuttled winter vacation plans I needed to keep things interesting so I set a goal to swim 38,000 yards in five days. The goal was to swim 10,000 yards on, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 4,000 yards on Tuesday and Thursday. I did it-a bit sore and stiff some days and slept like a baby every night. I guess you would say it was the “anti-vacation”.
The championship season is where it gets a bit tricky for a diver/swimmer as the divining meet and the swimming meet run concurrently. Sean would have to go between the pool and the diving well changing from a tech suit for swimming to his speedo for diving. At times, it was like watching a three ring circus between the pool, the well and the locker room. Your blogger was his handler.
Sean had a great State meet swimming anchor (yes-a diver swimming anchor) in both the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The free relay got third (1:30.49) and the medley relay smoked the field with an All-American consideration time of 1:37.24. Sean split a 22.68. He swam a 23.01 in the 50 free placing 12th. Very respectable for a diver that spends more time in the hot tub than swimming laps.
Diving went well placing 10th in a deep field with athletes that principally dive. For his first dive he wore his tech suit and changed back and forth to his speedo for the remaining dives. There were several times he had to do multiple dives within a short period of time to catch up with the rotation. Sean does very well under this type of pressure. His final eleven dive score was 398.
It was a great meet with the boys winning their fourth state title in a row and their 23rd in 33 years (69%). 100% lifetime best swims. Everybody qualified kid scored at the meet. Unprecedented!