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JESSIcA LOnG @JessicaLong
It’s time to get better. It’s time to set
new goals. It’s time to get back into
Beginnings & endings; comedy and
tragedy; victory & defeat. What is
in a year? What could be in a lifetime? Who
cares! Lucky 13 comin’ up!
JASOn LEZAk @JasonLezak
Thnx for all the support from my
family, friends & fans through this
long journey. Looking forward to the
Swimming the 200 free today! I’m
working on the shorter stuff, but
sprinting is still a bit foreign to me. Gotta
keep my stroke long!
THE MOST ExCITING
SWIM MEETS on U.S. soil?
i dream of sundays without
nATHAn ADrIAn @Nathangadrian
#thingsihavedoneattrainingcampbecauseiwasbored 1.) Looked up “pet
sweaters” on amazon 2.) Went to
http://tmz.com (blame Justin bieber)
Even though they throw me
in pools I still love them @
LIA nEAL @LiaNeal
So honored to have been on the
same team as @JasonLezak. Happy
rIcky BErEnS @RickyBerens
Just ran 2 miles. I remember
why I don’t do land sports. It’s
absolutely easier for me to swim
2 miles than to run.
Almost finished with my first full
week of training. Hurts so good!
By Mike Gustafson
means that a walk-on swimmer competing in lane 8 of the consolation final of the
400 IM could, theoretically, determine the
The Olympic Trials celebrate swimming’s greatest accomplishment: qualifying for the Olympics. But the NCAA
Championships are faster-paced (yards),
louder (during relays, teams get LOUD),
and completely unpredictable. It’s rare
to have someone win from Lane 8 at the
Olympic Trials, but at the NCAA Championships, anything can happen. And it’s
that unpredictable nature of that meet, that
every-swimmer-matters environment, that
makes the NCAA Championships the most
exciting meet in America.
COUNTERPOINT: THE NCAA
The NCAA Championships are exciting.
But not as exciting as the Olympic Trials.
Some college swimmers don’t even fully rest
for the NCAA Championships. In Olympic
years, a few swimmers don’t even compete
at the NCAA level, focusing instead on the
Olympic Trials. The Trials are the
pinnacle of our sport. Qualifying for the
Olympics is the greatest accomplishment
any swimmer can experience. And that is,
Yes, the NCAA Championships are annual, so you could say that in off-Olympic
years, they are the most exciting meets in
America. But during Olympic years, the
Olympic Trials are bigger than university
or regional rooting interests. It’s more than
school pride. This is about people’s lives
coming down to one moment. An entire
lifetime climaxing into one 50-second race.
There are no second chances at this. There
are no sophomore, junior and senior years.
If you mess up, or if you slip, if you miss a
turn, if you can’t get into the right mindset,
that’s it. You’re done. It’s over.
The NCAA Championships may be the
culmination of a season, but the Olympic
Trials are the culmination of a lifetime.
So, we’ll find a compromise: The NCAA
Championships are the most exciting meet
in America… outside of the Olympic Trials.
Agree? Disagree? tell Mike on twitter: @MikeLGustafson
The NCAA Championships: Nothing
like ‘em. They are the two most exciting,
edge-of-your-seat swim meets hosted in
the United States. The only other meet that
compares in sheer excitement and fan interest is the Olympic Trials. But the NCAA
Championships are just more exciting.
At the NCAA Championships, every
placement matters. (Whereas at the Olympic Trials, you could argue only the Olympic roster spots – most likely 1st and 2nd
– matter.) Every point is important. Eighth
place. Sixteenth place. The accumulation
of points is every college swim team’s main
priority. Sometimes, the overall team race
is so close, it comes down to the final relay.
Just a point here or a point there can make
all the difference in the entire meet. Which
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013
Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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