**Results are available here
Video of the meet is being posted by LiveSwim.net here

warm up in the competition pool

Today was the Cal Tech Pentathlon which is one of my favorite meets and it didn’t disappoint! We had over 200 swimmers in attendance, and despite rain in the forecast it stayed sunny until the very last moment on the pool deck. One of the best parts of today for me was the turnout from my team. We had one of the bigger groups of swimmers of any team at the pool and everybody did awesome! We had a lot of best times, team records, and some first time swimmers which is always exciting. A lot of my favorite swimmers from the rest of SPMA were out today too, and I finally got to meet a couple people in person for the first time that I’ve “met” online through the blog. Personally I had a really good day in the pool and I’m very happy with my swims… well I wasn’t so excited about my backstroke, but everything else was on point.

My first race was the 50 fly and I was in heat 25 or 26, because like I said… there were a TON of people there! I felt like I started real strong and felt good through the whole first length. I got to the wall at an awkward point and ended up doing a bit of a glide into my turn instead of a short half stroke. On the way back my feel for the water deteriorated a bit, but I still felt fast. I ended up finishing with a 26.08 which is a personal best in yards by about half a second so I’m pretty stoked with that! I really want to get into the 25′s before the season is over.

50 Fly

Up next was the 50 back and honestly I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’m just not connecting in backstroke these days. I ended up swimming a 31.68 which is slower than what I swam last year, as a matter of fact it was barely faster than my breaststroke! Yikes… I need some work there!

While I was waiting around for the 50 breaststroke I was telling everybody I had a good 50 breast in me today, I could feel it! Well it turns out I was right… I swam 32.23 which is about half a second faster than my previous best time and really fast for me. I’m starting to kind of like the 50 breast despite having been a devout non-breaststroker most of my life. I’ve been tweaking my stroke a lot here in an attempt to get better at it. I’m trying to throw my hands a lot faster and I’ve added the dolphin kick to my pulldown. I’d be pretty excited if I could get this thing into the 31′s.

50 Breaststroke action

My 50 free time was middle of the road, not slow but not my best work. The time would have been a little bit better if I would have timed my turn better. I barely made contact with the wall and that sapped a lot of my momentum. I still managed a 25.49, but it should have been better.

The last race of the day was the 100 IM which was a breakthrough swim for me last year at this meet. I had similar success this year! I dropped about 2 seconds off my previous best! I think an improved breast stroke and just better fitness in general played a major role here. It hurt pretty bad when I finished, but the swim itself felt really solid and I’m really happy with the time.

Overall I ended up 4th in my age group which is cool with me seeing as I pretty much got rocked last year. I’m still not in danger of winning, but I’m a lot closer to being a contender in some events.

Despite having 2 cameras and an iPhone on me I didn’t take very many pictures… my girlfriend did manage to catch all my races (except my backstroke) on video however. The video and a few pictures are below.


this pic felt very "this is SPARTA!!!!" to me :)

9 Responses to “2010 Cal Tech Pentathlon Meet Wrap Up”

  1. Scott TF says:

    Rob, pleasure to meet you today. You posted some strong times today. However, you should be flogged for taking a breath on the first stroke after the turn on your 50 Free. I mean come on, you had only been holding your breath for 12 seconds or so! ;-)

    See you in the water.

    Scott aka Gabriela’s hubby.

    P.S If you really want a laugh, take a look at my first stroke in the 50 Fly as I breach the surface to get air. Dolphins don’t get that high, or that much oxygen in one gulp! Video is on G’s blog. (http://undrowning.blogspot.com/)

  2. Rob D says:

    what can I say… I’m a breather!

    It was nice meeting you guys this weekend, and hopefully I see both of you out again soon!

  3. Jinxi says:

    Awesome wrap-up and GREAT videos! That was so fun to watch with them all put together like that. You rocked it yesterday, Rob!! Fantastic swims and times!!

    What a fun meet that was. I really dig the line-up and fast pace. CVMM is such an incredibly supportive and fun team. I’m stoked to be a part of it and I owe it all to you, for introducing me and showing me the ropes to get back into the swing of this “swimming thing” (he he).

    The only bummer is that I didn’t get to meet your girlfriend. Tell her that next time we MUST make it a point! =)

  4. Jinxi says:

    PS – the Sparta picture is epic!

  5. Rob D says:

    Thanks Jinxi! I’m so stoked that you attached to the team, everyone on CVMM is really nice and the coaches are great to work with. If you end up making a trip to T.O. or Simi Valley to swim a workout with them let me know and I’ll try to make it out as well! Hopefully we can swim some relays together at Santa Clarita!

    The Pentathlon really is one of the funnest events we have in SPMA. It’s all short events with tons of people and it has a good rhythm to it. I think they need a SCM one in the fall to go with it.

    Sorry you missed out on meeting Heidi, she wasn’t feeling so well and spent most of the day hiding under the tent. She felt bad for being antisocial, but it just wasn’t really her day.

  6. Trev says:

    Great videos and nice swims! Awesome Sparta pic, too ;-) Congrats, Rob!

  7. Kathy Komar says:

    Just a correction on upcoming events. The UCLA meet is April 18 not April 17. Hope to see you all there.

  8. Rob D says:

    Kathy – Good catch, thank you! I fixed it for you.

  9. Rob D says:

    Trev, thanks dude! When are we going to see you out at one of these?