Zoo/Hope/Carthage

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    • #12776
      El Duderino
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      Has anyone looked at Carthage’s roster? They have 29 men and 35 women. Thats 64 people, plus however many coaches they bring along with them. Combine that with Hope’s 25 men and 29 women, and Zoo’s 20 men and 22 women, and thats a big-ass meet.
      So the question is this: Who thought it was a good idea to have a meet with this many people at K’s pool? Its barely big enough to hold regular dual meets, let alone tri-meets with 160 swimmers. And before you old timers chime in, yes, I know Hornet Natatorium held MIAAs in 1993 – anyone know how many swimmers were at that meet?

    • #40200
      silentp
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      My sophomore year K hosted a three team meet also. Calvin and Alma came down. I’m not sure that counts, but it was a double-dual.

      Unfortunately Coach was so busy paying attention to the lineup for the Calvin meet that he never changed or exhibitioned anything for the Alma-dual and the final score was 212-37.

      What’s interesting about this location choice is that although Kalamazoo is “between” both Carthage and Hope, they both have pools with more deck and pool space than K.

    • #40201
      Low Tide
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      Make Hope watch the meet from the diving well viewing window — plenty of space down there!!

    • #40202
      Milhouse
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      Hey, I bet you didn’t know that Kzoo hosted MIAAs in 1993. They brought in extra bleachers and set them up on the pool deck under the scoreboard. Some teams had to change in the locker rooms across the street. And some spectators even got a bird’s-eye view from the special viewing area concealed by the ceiling tiles.

    • #40203
      miller
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      I was there at 1993 MIAAs. It was incredibly crowded, but worked out just fine. I’m sure a tri-meet will be ok too.

    • #40204
      Stingray
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      wow, so ya’ll swam MIAAs in ’93 with no warmdown pool? You old timers are so hardcore. (I’m very serious about this, I’m a big baby when I don’t have a warmdown pool).

    • #40205
      miller
      Member

      @Stingray wrote:

      wow, so ya’ll swam MIAAs in ’93 with no warmdown pool? You old timers are so hardcore. (I’m very serious about this, I’m a big baby when I don’t have a warmdown pool).

      Yes, and we were fine.
      Warmdowns are overrated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • #40206
      Low Tide
      Member

      That was a fast conference meet, as well. Just about all the pool records at the K natatorium are still from that meet.

    • #40207
      iamdonovan
      Member

      Yeah, you can see just how many at K-swimming.net…

    • #40208
      silentp
      Member

      @miller wrote:

      @Stingray wrote:

      wow, so ya’ll swam MIAAs in ’93 with no warmdown pool? You old timers are so hardcore. (I’m very serious about this, I’m a big baby when I don’t have a warmdown pool).

      Yes, and we were fine.
      Warmdowns are overrated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I thought the showers served as both warmup and warmdown facilities?

      Also, isn’t this better in the long run? I mean, if you went slow, 5 years later you could tell all your buddies how much faster you would have gone with a good warmup or warmdown. Those of us who had warmdown options cannot use this excuse and have to be more creative… like blaming Global Warming.

    • #40209
      SwexasTim
      Member

      or gps systems that direct you into a lake.

    • #40210
      iamdonovan
      Member

      Global warming ruins everything… if it weren’t for global warming, pool temperatures would be cooler, which leads to swimming faster… instead, we have to swim in water that’s better used for aquaerobics (or whatever) for old people at the YMCA.

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