March 26, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy's Erik Hunter (So., Placerville, Calif.), Adam Meyer (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) and Jon Galinski (Sr., Phoenix, Md.) will be competing this week at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship. Throughout the event (that runs through Saturday) they will be sending in daily recaps detailing what it is like to compete at the national championship.
In this first entry of the week, Hunter discusses their trip to College Station, Texas, and how their first full day at the championship went.
Wednesday, March 25
We landed in Houston, Texas, Tuesday after I enjoyed a sleep-filled three and one-half hour flight. The flight was preceded by a Continental Airlines employee trying to convince me that I was not an active duty military member, even though I have a military ID.
We drove from Houston to College Station, heading straight to the pool at Texas A&M. This is definitely one of the nicest pools I have ever swam at. All of the banners from the colleges competing at the championship were stretched across the balcony. Our banner definitely stood out. It is a simple banner, saying only NAVY SWIMMING on it ... but the deep traditions of our school is evident within its simple message.
Our hotel is very nice. Sadly, however, there is only one bed and as the lowest ranking person of the three of us I of course get the sofa bed. Adam says he will switch with me ... we'll see about that.
We woke up today (Wednesday) after being able to sleep in and went over to the pool for a warm up swim. There were hundreds of other swimmers there. It is kind of awe inspiring to see the Olympians who I watched on TV walk by me. I realized for the first time that I will be competing against them ... let's just say I am a little nervous.
Adam and I tried out the ice baths today after work out. It was so cold when we got in. The lifeguards were looking at us funny as they walked by because we kind of screamed like little girls when we got in. But luckily after a while we got numb and it wasn't so bad. Did I say luckily? I mean unluckily because as soon as I got out I almost fell over because I couldn't feel my legs. I was doubly unlucky because at that time a cute girl walked by me as I stumbled around like an idiot.
When we were leaving the pool we received our free gifts for competing at the championship, a beanie and a George Foreman Grill. I guess it is true that swimmers like food, but I never would have expected to get a grill as a meet gift.
Right before heading out to dinner, it started to pour with rain. I've never seen rain like this before. But that's not even the worst part because soon a tornado warning was issued. A tornado? I'm from California; I've never seen stuff like this. The worst we get is the earth moving every once in a while. I'll take that any day over a tornado. At least earthquakes only happen every once in a while.
Well, I have the 500 free tomorrow (Thursday), Adam has the 200 butterfly and John has one-meter diving. I'm probably going to get some homework done and then head off to bed. I need as much sleep as I can get. We'll keep you posted with how we all are doing.