Jack Saunderson Crushes Fly Record on Day Three of CAA Championships - Swimming World News
U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming. 1 Sibling(s): Has an older brother (Joe) who swims at George Mason University and a younger. The Patriot Masters Swim Team is open to any GMU student and to adult swimmers (18 and older). The team is geared towards fitness and competitive swimming at any level. The SCY Colonies zone meet will beheld April 5- 7. I hope everyone has been swimming well and has had a great so far. my dream to the Colonies Zone meet at George Mason University, but he .. doesn't sound elitist and perhaps more general members would.
While working full-time as the Director of Human Resources with Golden Corral, I did my best to balance my work, personal life, and swimming.
Unfortunately, the one area I never seemed to focus on was healthy eating. With a busy work schedule and late swims in the evening, I often grabbed a microwave pizza and Cheese Nips after practice. It drove my husband crazy! At this time, I was still swimming four times per week and attending two Body Pump classes each week. I eventually felt that I had maxed out on the benefits of Body Pump, so I started doing a little heavier weight lifting at our local gym.
I had never really done any serious weight training and did not have any special routine or knowledge of proper techniques.
In AprilI talked my husband into going to the USMS Spring Nationals in Mesa, Arizona This was the first meet following the banning of tech suits from competition and I began to doubt my performances from the prior year. There was a silver lining to the trip, however.
Although my performance was not good, we had a great time getting to know Felipe Gomez. At one point I was sitting in the stands with Felipe and he introduced me to someone he just met from Columbia: We started chatting and were talking about swimming and how we were getting older and still enjoyed swimming and competing.
As we chatted about events and times, I mentioned that I had been to the Trials in He asked me if I was going to try again for the Trials. I laughed because I never had considered it. He brought up Dara Torres and said if she could do it, then so could I.
Swimmer's Ear - September
On the way home from the meet, I told Eric about the conversation. He had been traveling to all of my meets and had watched me improve, but was never a fan of swimming and never knew a swimmer before me. What he did know was how much I loved competing and how much I had improved in the last couple of years. He also knows the power of determination and setting goals. His response was simply that if I wanted to try to qualify, do it right.
He offered to locate a trainer for me and said that he would cook my dinners every night, but I had to agree to eat healthy every day and come up with a plan of attack. The training begins One of my first steps was to seek out additional long course meters competitions so I could get better acclimated to competing in long course events since the only way to make it to the Olympic Trials is to qualify during a long course meters event.
I won the 50m free with a time of Although I was nowhere near the Trials cut of I decided to compete at the last minute and drove down myself. At the time of my 50m free, the electronic timing system was not working, so they relied on two hand timers per lane.
When I hit the wall, he told me I went I was shocked and a bit skeptical that I went that fast. However, later in the day, I also swam a swift free at Jon Klein gave me a hard time saying that I should bring Hans to all of my meets as my personal timer. I made the finals in the 50 free, but went a little slower than the recent trip to Goldsboro swimming I was hoping to swim faster in my 50 free, but remained optimistic that I could keep improving because I went I also swam fast times at that meet in my m fly and m back.
The competition was amazing and really pushed me to go faster! Soon it became clear that I needed to diversify my training regimen by doing more weight training and adding intensity to my swimming workouts.
In an effort to refine my workouts, I met with Danny Maresca, a personal fitness and health consultant who works with my husband in his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Eric really enjoyed working with Danny and respected his advice and guidance.
As a result, Danny and I decided to start working on my strength training in a more methodical and focused way. We started in September We added more lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit to every dinner. Eric cooked dinner for us each night to stay on track with proper eating. Over the course of several months, I began to feel more energetic and felt my body becoming leaner.
Over the next two months, Danny continued to push me and it paid off. I worked with him two times per week and once on my own. Adding a third day of weight training was crucial to my program. By November I was starting to feel stronger and more confident.
When we left for Minnesota, I was really excited and so was Eric. Just before leaving, he looked up the swimmers registered for the event and really got excited when he saw that Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Dara Torres, Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Madison Kennedy would be swimming. He was starting to learn the names of the elite swimmers and I think for the first time started thinking about the level of competition involved.
I remember him saying how swimming with these people was like him playing basketball with Michael Jordan. It was fun seeing him so enthusiastic! My experience at the Minnesota meet demonstrated how I performed better when I did not have time to think too much about a race. After the preliminaries in the 50 free, the finals were announced and I had not made it. I headed to the shower and Eric went outside to wait for me because it was so hot in the pool. After a few minutes, his phone rang and it was my Mom.
She was frantically asking him if he heard the announcement. Luckily, many of the meets are now live-streamed over the Internet, so she had been watching on her computer. She was about to turn off the computer when the announcer asked for all coaches to attend a meeting to discuss the 50 free results. As it turns out, a coach filed a protest alleging a problem with the starting system.
They gave all swimmers a chance to participate in a re-swim. I jumped at the chance and was joined by several swimmers, including Jessica Hardy. It was a good thing because I jumped back into the pool and swam my next personal best of That got me into the finals, but I failed to improve my time that evening in the finals.
Swimming the 50 free for a third time in one day was tougher than I expected.
Although I was feeling really strong and confident in my training, I went My stroke did not feel efficient and I felt like I was spinning in the water. During this meet, we ran into Coach Paul Silver, head coach of the Marlins of Raleigh age group team.
Coach Marsh is so respected in the swimming community, especially for his work with sprinters.
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The fact that he took some time to offer advice to me was a critical moment along my journey to the Trials. I listened to every word. So when he suggested that I ask Paul if he would allow me to swim in a December long course meters meet that they were hosting in Cary, I jumped at the chance to give the Trials cut another shot.
I figured I had about five meets between December and June 15 to make the cut before the deadline and I wanted to take every opportunity available. During the local meet in Cary, my RAM teammates came out to cheer me on, but I swam a disappointing I was heading in the wrong direction and realized I needed to change the way I thought about my race.
Adding long course training After returning home and with some additional urging from Eric, I reached out to Paul Silver to inquire if they trained at any long course pools in the winter.
We discussed where I was in my training, my recent times and whether he thought I could make the Trials cut. He was very encouraging and welcomed me to his team. He had several promising swimmers training for the Trials as well and we decided the added competition would help all of us. I never liked waking up early in college to train and I certainly did not ever think I would be doing it again at 40 while working full-time.
Coach Silver has a saying that if you want to soar with the eagles, you have to get up with the owls. There were a few days in the beginning when I almost stayed in bed thinking someone else could go soar with the eagles! Coach Silver helped tweak my stroke so I was digging deeper into the water and trying to improve the efficiency of my stroke, including adjusting my head position and timing for my breath.
We really focused on the details and the little things like walls, fast kick sets, underwater kicks, no breathing in and out of walls. We always tried to perfect every detail in practice until it was second nature. He wanted all the details worked out in practice so I did not have to think about anything in competition. He wanted the race to come to me.
I am grateful that he would create a special sprint lane for a few of us to adjust from his typical long distance training. Warm up always consisted of at least meters of distance per stroke swimming with reducing number of strokes per length. I definitely needed a bit more recovery in between timed races, but it was great experience to swim fast in practice as preparation for meets. By that time, I was closing in on my first month of training with MOR and was really hoping to see some improvement after all the extra work.
I was excited about this meet because it was the same pool where I swam in the Olympic Trials so I was familiar with the pool. Unfortunately, rather than improving, I took another step back with a After three consecutive mediocre meets, I was really worried that things might not improve any further for me.
They helped me realize that all of the tweaking of my technique and elevating my training was going to take some time to come together in better performance. I suppose I was still getting used to my adjusted stroke and I was still playing with how many breaths to take.
In Austin, I thought I needed more breaths, so actually took three. I later decided that breathing during the 50 free slowed me. Ultimately, we determined that keeping my head down and not breathing worked best for me.
Danny and Coach Silver convinced me that my body did not need additional oxygen during a 50 free. Coach Silver and Danny kept pushing me to set small, incremental goals. As I started to really listen to them and take that advice, I started seeing subtle improvements. That led me to really believe that I could make the Trials cut if I just stayed with my training routine. The other important element that fed my optimism and kept me from setting mental limits on my performance was training with younger swimmers.
The more I practiced with these year old teammates; I tended to forget about my age and simply focused on physical results and incremental improvements. Despite the fact that I felt stronger and faster in practice, all the hard work had not yet translated into a better performance in a meet. I made finals in the 50 free and finished with a With only more opportunities to make the trials cut, dropping from I decided to use my free the next day to get an official split for my 50 free time.
For some reason, I was behind the blocks and realized I was in the wrong lane because I had looked at an old heat sheet. With the swimmers coming to the wall prior to my heat, I was still frantically trying to figure out which lane I was in. I ran down to lane 6 and jumped on the blocks to swim my 50 split and swam my best time ever at Getting closer, but the Trials cut still eluded me!
This was enough improvement, however, to keep me in the proper frame of mind and maintain focus on training. I had next planned to head to Indianapolis in March for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, but with the Trials cut deadline fast approaching, there was a huge demand to register for the last few long course meets.
I learned this the hard way because Indianapolis filled up within a few hours of the opening of registration. Luckily, an alternate long course meet was quickly organized by Purdue University and informally called the "Detour from Indy" because it was held at Purdue University, just a few miles from Indianapolis, so swimmers could compete despite missing out on registering for the Indy Grand Prix. Although I really enjoy swimming at Indy, at this late date, I was just happy to be in a competitive meet.
The first day I swam the free with a new personal best of I qualified for finals, but decided to scratch to rest up for my 50 free the next day. I was feeling confident and strong in the water after myso I was excited to see how my 50 free would go the next day. I ended up with almost exactly the same time as in February It was now March and I started to feel the pressure of the June 15 Trials cut deadline overtaking me.
With the meet scheduled, I kept up with training and looked forward to heading to Music City. When we arrived at the pool, it was dark, cold and pretty depressing looking. I had a bad feeling from the start. When I hit the water for warm ups, it just felt like an old slow pool. I was seeded 2nd after prelims behind Olympian Amanda Weir.
That night I went a personal best at Apparently Amanda had scratched and left the meet. Three one hundredths of second! I was mistaken - Nashville is a fast pool. Of course, now Eric teases me because that is now how I determine if a pool is fast. Swim slow, the pool is slow.
Who cares about depth, gutter system, temperature, etc.? We were making progress, but we were also running out of time. I decided to give it one more chance with a time trial on Sunday before heading home. Eric left Sunday morning at 4: It would also be the first time that he would not be at the pool for a swim in almost a year. He called me right when he landed in Pittsburgh to see if I made it. I jokingly told him I slowed up at the end with a Since my focus all winter was on long course meets, I looked forward to swimming again with my fellow Masters swimmers as we hosted U.
There were no looming time standards for me to worry about and we had an awesome time hosting and winning nationals for NC Masters! Once again, the camaraderie of participating in relays with everyone was icing on the cake! All of my hard training paid off as well. She renewed her love of swimming 5 years ago, joined the Y and started swimming three days a week.
Herman Hohauser 70my father's first cousin, lives near the meet in Virginia and had also started a regular swimming regimen. Although he had never before competed in a swim meet he understood the balance between training and competition as he successfully completed his first marathon at He, too, signed on with minimal arm-twisting.
Rounding out our relays was Bob Maestro 67Jon's brother-in-law, who also lives near the meet in Virginia. He competed in Masters meets 15 years ago and recently returned to the pool for regular workouts. A month out and everyone was psyched - Jon put together the relays while continuing his rigorous training program; Priscilla worked on her open turns; Elissa stepped up her swimming while balancing a new job; Bob, Herman and dad bought new suits; and mom designed the t-shirts.
I, on the other hand, cut open my heel on a particularly forceful flip turn, requiring 11 stitches and an unscheduled two-week break just some early tapering. Pre-meet jitters aside, we were all looking forward to the meet. The day arrives and there is a full spectrum of nervous energy. On the low end, there was Priscilla, Bob and Herman taking it all in stride; to Jon coaching us, herding us and refreshing us on the rules of disqualifications; to mom worrying about being able to finish 2 lengths of freestyle; to dad worrying about when to get in and out of the water; to Elissa's insistence that she would die doing her individual event, the free; to me not wanting to talk, be photographed or hugged before my nemesis - also the free.
With Gary my husband and Alain Elissa's husband as video paparazzi; Ancient Mariner teammates Dave Harmon as the photo paparazzi and Margot Pettitjohn poised timing splits; our new red USMS caps on; and after rechecking the relay order - we were set. In the end all four relays went off without a hitch. Okay - not totally true. We almost missed the women's medley relay because we were trying to get THE picture in our Klein Kin Swim t-shirts.
Then there was the DQ concern in the mixed freestyle relay when dad thought he could get out of the pool and started swimming through other swimmers' lanes to do so. In short, we accomplished our goal - to swim the four relays without being DQd and to have a load of fun doing it.
I truly don't recall our times or the placing of the relays - though what I will always remember is how my family made an inspirational effort for this physical challenge to help realize my dream. I thought you might be interested as well. Beyond lighting and shutter speed settings, it's how you work it. For competitions, I work a lot of different angles if I'm permitted to move around.
Nobody wants to see the same picture time and time again, so it's great to mix it up. It's all about the face.
Jack Saunderson Crushes 100 Fly Record on Day Three of CAA Championships
This position gives me a side view of the action as it passes by and then the reaction at the end. During prelims I go around and look for different angles. I love to shoot high for a different look, not all the time, but it's good to have something different. I've been up in the rafters at some meets looking straight down It's risky though, cause nobody wants to be the one responsible for a pen falling out of a pocket into the pool and hurting someone, or a lens hood, or eyeglasses, etc.
Where it's permitted, the rules are very strict.