November 9, 2007

A 100-98 win for the good guys. Some good racing and some stupid mistakes (including one by the coach). Women set the 400 free relay record by 2 seconds . Full report when we get back.

Alright- an update now. We had a good meet. It's always a fun meet because their pool is short course meters. Nobody knows what times mean (except for our Bulgarian, Ivan Manolov) so its just pure racing. It's also a nice chance to give some other guys an opportunity to shine. We did some dryland before the meet and before we left, I reminded the team that we can't always count on the regular stars - Stephen, Bryan, Bryce and Bax. If we want to go places this season and beyond, we needed to get some others to step up. So today we left the aforementioned guys home for a practice and went with a different lineup, one we felt would have a good meet against Lake Forest.

Things didn't start out on the right foot though when I put our guys in the wrong lanes for the first relay - not just any relay - but all three. The result? A trio of DQ's and a 15-0 lead for the Foresters. The guys came right back though to go 1-2-3 in the 800 freestyle with Ben Healy picking up his first win. Lake Forest, however, came right back to take the 200 and 50 freestyles. In both cases though, we went 2-3-4 to minimize their point gain before getting another sweep of the IM's, this time led by Scott Kaseska. Nick Kehoe added his first collegiate win in the 100 fly and Bob Pellican did the same in the 100 freestyle. In the 200 free it was Lake Forest again with the Red Men going 2-3-4. Jeff Walkotten and Michael Ojdana had a great battle in the 400. Jeff got out to an early lead, but Ojdana came storming back. It wasn't enough though as Jeff touched for his first win for the Big Red, edging Ojdana by 8/10. With that, the meet was in hand with two events left. Kaseska took the 100 breast. In the 400 Free relay, Rip gave us the early lead, thus allowing Issac Rothenbaum, Steve Zimmerman and Tom Stowe to take home their first first.



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