March 27, 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.
Thursday's entry, written by Meyer, details the opening day of competition at the meet.
Thursday, March 26
We left the hotel at 8:00 this morning to get in an extra early warm-up prior to the prelim session that started at noon. This has been something that we have started doing recently that seems to relate to some pretty good performances. Generally it is hard to really wake up in the morning and swim as fast as we do in finals sessions.
It ended up working out amazingly well because I was able to achieve a best time by nearly a second (editor's note: and set a new Navy and Patriot League record). I was a little nervous before the race, but I was even more excited. I knew I had swam a good race when I only felt like throwing up afterward. Usually when I take my 200 IM out too fast I end up getting a little sick afterward from all of the lactic acid built up during the race. In this case, though, I only felt like getting sick but didn't actually have to, so I knew I had spilt the race pretty well way before talking to my coach and finding out my actual splits.
The ice baths that Erik and I tried out for the first time Wednesday really came in handy today after the 200 IM. Spending only a couple minutes in there (this time without the girly screams) completely numbs your muscles and erases all soreness. Getting the first race out of the way at any big meet really helps calm the nerves and lets you focus on your own race instead of being in awe of the countless Olympic ring tattoos or the world records being broken.
This has been hands down the most intense meet I have ever been too. There is an insane amount of energy radiating through everyone here, from the swimmers to the fans and coaches. This is one of the fastest meets in the world. Everyone here is swimming so ridiculously well and it is exciting to be a part of it. It is amazing how fast this meet has become from last year. My 200 IM time today, for example, would have easily made the top eight in any previous year except this one, in which I was 21st.
Even though 21st does not make it back for the evening session, it was by no means disappointing. It was really nice to take a break to watch the finals and focus on racing Friday and Saturday. And it turned out to be very exciting! I thought seeing a new NCAA record and American record from the prelims was exciting; in the finals session three NCAA records, two American records and two U.S. Open records were broken.
Erik, Jon, and I still have a few events left, so we'll make sure to keep everyone posted on how everything is going. We still need to figure out what we are going to do with the six George Foreman Grills they gave us yesterday.
Navy Schedule and Results at NCAA Championship
Erik Hunter -- 500 freestyle -- 4:24.27, 43rd place
Adam Meyer -- 200 individual medley -- 1:44.49, 21st place
Jon Galinski -- one-meter springboard -- 262.25, 33rd place
Erik Hunter -- 400 individual medley
Adam Meyer -- 100 butterfly
Jon Galinski -- three-meter springboard
Adam Meyer -- 200 butterfly
Erik Hunter -- 1,650 freestyle
Jon Galinski -- platform