Splash - March/April 2013 - (Page 47)

My Best Race Ever with PETER VANdERKAAY As told to Rachel Lutz M y senior year at Michigan, I knew it was finally time to break the American record in the 500 freestyle that I had been chasing. It was a goal of mine ever since getting to Michigan. I had been close a few times, but it wasn’t my record yet. At the nCAA Championships at Georgia tech, I knew it was basically one of my last chances. I swam a great race and reminded myself of all my training and to remain confident. I had to pace myself to get that record, but I knew if I could do that, the record would be mine. Harry How/Getty ImaGes In the water, I realized it was the last time that I’d be swimming for Michigan. that, plus the motivation to break the record, was enough for me to break it by about a tenth of a second. It was really in the nick of time, too. CIARA h., 10, M I broke my wrist when I fell off my scooter and that was the day before a big meet. I got a waterproof cast and decided to do the meet. I streamlined past the flags and did my worst stroke, butterfly. My wrist screamed in pain, but I still went as I heard adults and kids screaming my name to swim fast. I turned to backstroke, and my muscles went sore but I kept going. Breaststroke went fast. I sprouted my arms out and kicked. As I moved onto freestyle, I knew this was my final shot. My coach made me do the 100 IM, just like she always does. My best friend Kandice told me I could do this. I jumped in the pool ready to start my streamline. I held the wall with my good wrist and the bullhorn rang. As I swam my fastest over to the wall, there was a loud roar. As soon as I touched the wall, I saw my time: 1:46.78. I got my best time, and I smiled because this was hard, and I accomplished it with a broken wrist. y best race ever would have to be the one when I swam with a broken wrist on 100 IM. We WanT YOUR BEST RACE EVER TELL US ALL ABOUT IT IN NO MORE THAN 250 WORDS, AND EMAIL IT TO US AT SPLASH@USASWIMMING.ORG. THE BEST STORY WE RECEIVE WILL BE FEATURED IN THE NExT ISSUE OF SplaSh! usaswimming.org 47 http://www.usaswimming.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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