November 15, 2009

After a late night on the bus, and all of the sickness that's been going around, I didn't really know what to expect.  What we got, though, was some of our smartest racing that we'd seen thus far this year.  We saw guys holding back a little less early on in their races.  We saw guys keeping their heads down coming off the walls.  We saw a lot of good things, particularly how well our guys came back race after race after race. 

After morning practice we took stock of who was healthy, who was getting healthy and who was definitely out for the meet.  After that it was another day of lineup juggling.  Adapting to change hasn't always been our team's strongest asset, but they did a great job of rolling with things today.

Today's opponent was Illinois Wesleyan.  Their coach is awesome and they've got the defending champions in both backstrokes, butterflys and distance so we were looking forward to some good match-ups.  On the whole, we weren't as fast as I'd like to have seen, but we did swim much better, much smarter races.  Considering the travel and the plague that's been running around, we'll take it.

We've got a quick turnaround now  before heading back to the Hoosier State for the  Patrick Woehnker Invitational at Wabash College.  We have an uncomfortable connection with the Invite.  It's named after a former Wabash swimmer who passed away just hours after  our meet with the LIttle Giants.  As we head into the holiday season, it's a little reminder of how fortunate we are to have such good guys on our team.



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