Charlotte Ultraswim wrap-up
Very fun, that is how I would sum up the Ultraswim this past weekend in Charlotte. I always enjoy going home to this meet, it is a meet I have been going to for the last 11 years and it is always one of the best meets in the country. The stands are packed every night, the fans are always very loud, and the swimmers are always putting up some of the fastest times in the world.
Going into this meet I didn’t know what to expect, we are still in the middle of hard training but I was feeling good in the water. I knew after cruising my prelim 200 freestyle that it was going to be a great meet for me and that I could throw down some good times. I got even more excited when our names were being announced before the finals of 200 free and my cheers were as loud as Phelps and Lochte, I mean that NEVER happens. The home crowd was treating me well!
My goal in the 200 was to be a 1:46, which would have been my fastest in a textile suit, but I will survive with my 1:47.3. I know I will be faster and after watching the race, I know of things I shouldn’t have done which would have made me faster. But this was a great race, especially going head to head with Phelps for the entire 200.
2 nights later, on Mothers Day, I ended the meet with a win in the 100 Free. My time of 49.08 was just off my textile best from winter nationals of 48.9. Sam Kendricks, the announcer for Ultraswim and a good friend of mine, told me before the race he wanted to see a 48… I’m sorry Sam. I am really getting into this race and learning more and more each time I swim it. I know I can always be fast the 2nd 50, just need to learn how to make the first 50 faster.
This meet was a great meet to find out where I am at, and I couldn’t be in a better place. I am swimming with a ton of confidence and am looking forward to continuing that in Omaha. Ultraswim was not the Olympic Trials, there is still a lot of work to be done these last 6 weeks.
I have compiled all my race videos and post-race interviews here…