The Captain's Blog
Nov. 25, 2008
It's always exciting when a team has the opportunity to compete against the Number 1 ranked school in the country. On the flight to Texas, there were mixed emotions among the squad: some were anxious, some nervous, others were energized. It's not every day you get to swim against the fastest swimmers in the world, so this meet was very important to us.
We arrived at the University of Texas pool ready to race. The atmosphere was somewhat mystical, knowing all the history that has gone down at this pool. We were very proud of the way the team raced. We just as easily could have buckled at the knees and let Texas stomp right over us, but we fought back. We took advantage of the opportunity we had before us and capitalized on it, surprising a few people on the other side of the pool. Though we didn't come out on top, our performance at the dual meet was something to celebrate. Though we were pleased how we swam in Austin, the challenge now was to perform even better at the Texas A&M Invite Saturday and Sunday.
The drive lasted a little longer than most would have liked, but we were glad to arrive in College Station and get some sleep. We showed great determination and speed during the Saturday morning prelims session. Many Huskies garnered a second swim in the finals session later that evening. Overall, we swam extremely well Saturday and left the pool with great confidence. We knew competing Sunday would be a difficult task ahead of us so we tried to get to sleep as soon as we could.
Though we only swam the preliminaries on Sunday, we continued to swim well throughout the morning. Swimming a dual meet Friday and then traveling to the invite to swim all day Saturday had certainly worn on many of us. It was nice to see a majority of the team step up so well despite how tired everyone was.
Overall the Texas A&M Invite was a learning curve for us. It showed us how well we could compete when given the opportunity to race. We were allowed to race in the pool that will host the NCAA Championships, so performing well at the pool gave us a lot of confidence. We also walked away knowing the small things that we could work on for our next meet. We will continue to work on those things and expect great things at the Husky Invite in two weeks.