season debuts

What do you predict for nationals? Who is going to shine, who is not?

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season debuts

Post by screeeeeeeeech » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:21 pm

When are the first meets for the big teams? I heard a rumor that a frosh from Emory dropped a 47.9 at the end of practice the other day. I'm kind of chomping at the bit to see what he'll put up when it counts.
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Re: season debuts

Post by DonCheadle » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:43 pm

This is not a prediction for the above guy at all, just reminded me of a story. I know of a swimmer who only improved .06 from the time he put up at the alumni meet in his best event. Yuck.
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Post by screeeeeeeeech » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:14 pm

I guess that's why they say that "potential" is nothing but a four-letter word.
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Re: season debuts

Post by PioneerSwimming » Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:31 pm

Back when I was at Emory, during my freshman year, we had someone step up with lots of potential. We were doing a lactate set in early October, 6 x 100 @ 6:00. On the first repeat breaststroke, she went her best time, 1:09 br. In the second one, she went faster. On the third one, she made the NCAA cut (back when there was only one cut, and a 1:08 was fast). She made the cut three more times, IN PRACTICE. We were all stunned. I don't think there are many women even these days at the D-III level who are going 1:07-1:08 in practice. Needless to say, she made the cuts when it counted, in her first few dual meets each season.

Kendal Hansen did well with the potential: she ended up winning the 100br at Nationals in 1991, 92 and 93; swimming also in the bigs of the 200 in 92 and 93 and consoles of the 200 IM in 93, and was a vital leg of the 200 and 400 MR's that were runners up to Kenyon in 1992 and 1993. She missed the bigs of both races in 94 because she fought an ear infection for three weeks after UAA's our senior year. It was inspiring to see cuts made in practice, and she ended up being pretty good. I think it took almost 13 years for her 100 br record to get broken.

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Re: season debuts

Post by BlackFire » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:51 pm

WashU's first meet in next Friday against SLU (Saint Louis U). The team is pretty big this year. It looks like they have around ten new freshmen, and some of those guys have been tearing it up in practice. It will be fun to see how they do.
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Re: season debuts

Post by Truthinswmng » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:55 pm

screeeeeeeeech wrote:When are the first meets for the big teams? I heard a rumor that a frosh from Emory dropped a 47.9 at the end of practice the other day. I'm kind of chomping at the bit to see what he'll put up when it counts.
Heard at same practice a frosh girl dropped a 52.0. Starting early to compete for a spot on the free relays (not that any reloading was necessary).

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