Monday, December 14, 2009

Meet Report: New England Short Course Meters Championships at BU

I know this can't keep happening. It cannot last. I do really know that. Change is a constant. And this weekend it just happened to be in my favor.

The BU pool was really spectacular. Clean and warm and spacious. Plenty of seating, all with good views. Friday night I drove down with Katie who was swimming the 800 free. It was a nice way for me to get in the right mindset for Saturday and Sunday and really fun to hand out with Katie. She did a great strong and steady 800 ad I was proud of her. We were out of the pool by 6:30 and on our way to dinner with Mary, the Iron Matron, in the burbs.

Saturday walking it I was greeted by 12 of my Lighthouse Masters teammates and more than 30 of our Maine Masters teammates. I think we are the most diverse team geographically with members from CT, MA, NH and ME. Our team is just fun, what can we say? I am really proud that my fellow workout teammates -- Jim, Gary, Claire, Ted, Katie, Julie, Liz, Jim B., and Peter -- all made it down for the meet (for many of them their first meet) along with Coach Kerry.

So it was hot, we had great conversation, many laughs, devoured juicy gossip, saw amazing swims... what we all look forward to at a Masters meet. I got to meet my current swim idol -- Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, world record holder and swim goddess -- and even swim next to her in the 100 fly. She asked me what my goal was for that event just before we got on the blocks. Um... have fun, keep my eyes on your feet for as long as possible. She of course broke a world record right there next to me. For a moment I shared in the glory as if it was me who had broke the WR -- I mean I was right there in the same water and shook her hand after just like in the Olympics. Doesn't get much better than that, unless of course you are breaking the record.

On the blocks (me in white) with Karlyn (in pink).

Ready set go!

Me and my hero, WR holder Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, after the 100 fly by the warm down pool.

Unexpectedly I did get taste of that later in the day. After I stalked Karlyn in the warm down pool and got my picture taken with her (yes I am a dork!) she gave me a brand new XTerra fast suit. It was tight as all get out. It took 15 minutes to put on and I nearly pulled 7 muscles getting it on. But once it was on, I didn't know the ride I was in for. My last event on Saturday was the 50 free. I didn't even get in the pool with the Xterra before the race. Right on the blocks. Coach was putting the pressure on all of us for this race. He wanted good times out of all of us since he had sat around all day (note of sarcasm). I was seeded in Lane 10. Kinda sucks but I decided I was gonna smoke it anyways. Karlyn was in the middle and another speedy MESC swimmer Jessica Knight was in the mix too. I just went gangbusters. I was in first at the turn!! I saw Gary, Ted and Jim cheering for me on the edge of the pool (benefit of Lane 10 I guess) and I just whipped my arms as hard as I could and kicked like I was shaking a rabid dog off my legs. Into the wall full speed.... 27.47!! (3rd place OA). I found out later it was also broke a NE Record set by swimming legend Jacki Hirsty in 1990. Jeez... I felt kinda bad when I met her afterwards. She is one amazing lady.

Other times..
100 meter fly 1:11.22
50 meter fly 29.85 (NE record)
100 meter free 1:02.49 (NE record)
100 meter IM 1:13.50

Now really what is best about these meets it having the team come together for relays.
I did three with fellow speedsters Jessica Knight, Son Nguyen, Anne Uecker, Cherly Kupan, Cheryl Daly and more. We got two more meet records out of those relays.

So all in all if I can keep swimming like this I am looking forward to turning 40 next year!
Thanks to my teammates for keeping it all real! You all are the best.
Go Blue Lobsters!
Oh yeah, we won the meet too :)

Mary and I: Check out the superhero suits!


Wendy said...

Congratulations!!! So very well done! (And yes, you can keep swimming that fast -- and faster.)

P.S. Karlyn was breaking world records at our nationals this year, and was as friendly and helpful as you described.

Ange said...

YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you!!!! It's just so awesome...I'm speechless. :)

Mary IronMatron said...

The third record was the relay, right? You did so amazingly well. It was inspirational! Congrats! I had such fun being a part of your team! Congrats NE record holder!~

Anonymous said...

Hey crazylady, don't feel bad. Records are there as goals, meant to be broken by the next best challenger. And I would rather have you do the breaking than someone else! I had my ride...very happy share. I'll just try to set a future record that will really make you work for it! Congratulations! Enjoy, Jacki

MaineSport said...

Awesome meet, Alina!

Anonymous said...

Total NE Records set by you: Three individuals and two relays!!! Congrats! I cannot wait for our next race in the 100fly ;-)

Tracy B said...

WOW! You are one super fit, uber fast woman... CONGRATS!!!!

Anonymous said...

If some one desires to be updated with most recent technologies after that he must be pay a visit this web site and be up to
date daily.

Feel free to surf to my web site; easy diets that work

Lillian said...

When you are working on improving your shape nutrition is one of the key success factors. Most nutrients are received from food, though, in order to enhance my energy I am taking nutritional supplements. One of the best I have tried is Navy Seal Formula manufactured by MGNutritionas. It gives me incredible amount of energy and pushes me harder during my workouts. I see positive results in my endurance and strength. I am putting on muscle much faster.

ninest123 said...

louis vuitton, ugg boots, louis vuitton, nike free, tiffany jewelry, tory burch outlet, chanel handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, prada outlet, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, louboutin outlet, jordan shoes, louboutin, michael kors, prada handbags, ray ban sunglasses, nike air max, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton, longchamp pas cher, air max, air jordan pas cher, nike outlet, ralph lauren pas cher, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, louboutin shoes, nike free, gucci outlet, longchamp outlet, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, longchamp, burberry, cheap oakley sunglasses, replica watches, nike roshe run, tiffany and co, kate spade outlet, sac longchamp, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, louboutin pas cher, christian louboutin outlet, uggs on sale

ninest123 said...

replica handbags, nike air max, coach outlet, north face, north face, michael kors outlet, hollister, michael kors, ugg boots, oakley pas cher, burberry, michael kors, michael kors outlet, hollister pas cher, nike air max, ugg boots, nike free run uk, sac guess, coach purses, lacoste pas cher, kate spade handbags, true religion jeans, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet, hogan, mulberry, abercrombie and fitch, vans pas cher, true religion jeans, new balance pas cher, nike roshe, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, timberland, michael kors, nike blazer, vanessa bruno, nike air max, converse pas cher, tn pas cher, michael kors outlet, air force, michael kors, lululemon, hermes, true religion jeans, ralph lauren uk, ray ban uk, coach outlet, ray ban pas cher

ninest123 said...

reebok shoes, instyler, nfl jerseys, wedding dresses, iphone cases, ray ban, beats by dre, ralph lauren, vans shoes, mac cosmetics, p90x workout, north face outlet, birkin bag, giuseppe zanotti, nike air max, babyliss, chi flat iron, celine handbags, asics running shoes, lululemon, vans, valentino shoes, new balance, oakley, mcm handbags, north face outlet, gucci, lancel, longchamp, nike air max, hollister, louboutin, hollister, ferragamo shoes, nike roshe, nike huarache, mont blanc, ghd, soccer shoes, baseball bats, converse outlet, hollister, bottega veneta, herve leger, insanity workout, converse, soccer jerseys, timberland boots, nike trainers, abercrombie and fitch, jimmy choo shoes

ninest123 said...

sac louis vuitton pas cher, doudoune canada goose, louis vuitton, barbour jackets, moncler, pandora charms, barbour, bottes ugg, thomas sabo, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, moncler outlet, toms shoes, moncler, moncler, canada goose outlet, links of london, supra shoes, pandora jewelry, moncler, coach outlet, swarovski, juicy couture outlet, karen millen, swarovski crystal, canada goose, pandora jewelry, moncler, wedding dresses, moncler, ugg pas cher, canada goose, canada goose, moncler, canada goose outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, marc jacobs, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, canada goose uk, pandora charms, hollister, louis vuitton, canada goose, ugg boots uk, replica watches