**UPDATE: Results of the 2009 Alan Liu Memorial meet are now available and have been posted here
100 freestyle action, I’m in the bottom right corner
I swam the 6th Annual Alan Liu Memorial meet today hosted by the Mountain View Masters. It was a really nice and well run meet put together for a good cause. Back in 2004 Alan, who was the head coach of the Mountain View Masters, was out riding bikes with his girlfriend and they we struck by a drunk driver. Alan died from the impact and his girlfriend, Jill, was very dramatically injured and left paralyzed. The Mountain View Masters now run a SCM meet annually in his honor and use it as an opportunity to raise some funds to assist Jill. 6 years later the team is still honoring their coach and helping out his girlfriend who was injured in the same accident, I think that’s very cool. Things like this are a poignant reminder of how great the people that make up Masters are and how they look after their own. I’m not a mushy guy, but I think it’s kind of sad and beautiful all at the same time. All I’m saying is go give your coach a hug… they probably coach because they love their swimmers, not for the boundless fame and fortune that comes with being a Masters coach.
Coach Chris talking about the Alan Liu 400 IM awards, Jill is on the right hand side
Anyways… to the swim meet portion of the swim meet :) I got to the pool way too early and it was COLD!!! I did not plan for this one correctly. It’s been super hot at my house but it was probably in the mid 50′s on the pool deck for a good chunk of the morning which is awesome when you’re wet. I didn’t even have a sweatshirt with me, whoops. Luckily it warmed up later in the morning.
While I was warming up I realized that me and the pool were going to have some disagreements. It has what I like to call “phantom wall syndrome.” The old UCLA pool suffers from the same affliction. There is a bulkhead on the far end of the pool and the “t” that should be there has faded away. This was bad news for me because the t’s on the bottom of the pool are meaningless to me since I have looking down while swimming problems, and I don’t count strokes… and I never swim SCM in practice. I pretty much flubbed every flip turn I did today at that end of the pool. Luckily I always turned too soon instead of too late! Beyond that every start I did in that pool today was FANTASTIC! Something about that pool made for some stellar starts and underwater dolphin kicking.
can you see the “t,” I can’t! BTW that blue line below the surface is a reflection
I swam 4 events today, the 100 free/IM and the 50 free/fly. I wasn’t too excited about how my 100 free felt, but everything else felt pretty good. First up was my 50 free. I had a killer start but a really ugly turn that probably cost me at least 1/2 a second. I finished with a 29.08, not fantastic but a decent race for the first meet of the season. My 100 IM came in at 1:12.67 which when converted comes out to about where my best time is in SCY. The 100 free didn’t feel real good but my time was good for me. I swam a 1:04.43 which is converts to 57ish in SCY… I think there are at least 1 or 2 easy seconds to be shaved off that time with a better race with some better turns. I finished up with a 50 fly that felt really good in the water. I was very happy to have a race with no flip turns in it :) I swam a high 29 (didn’t write down my exact time) and I’m happy with that for now.
All told a good meet for me considering the lack of prep I had this week and my general lack of focus on the pool during the last couple of months. I’m planning on keeping open water in my weekly schedule whenever I’m in town during the weekend, but my racing attention is all on SCM until December in Long Beach. The fun part of swimming in SCM today is everything was a best time and I get to do some updating on my best times page, a task I never mind doing :)
Thanks to Kathleen from Rosebowl I have some video from today, but I’m not going to be able to get it online until tomorrow. (now posted here!) I grabbed a few screen caps and inserted them below along with a few pictures I took during the day.
starting the 100 free, I’m the last airborne guy on the right
Random relay action