The swimmers from the state of Florida had an incredible Winter Junior Nationals this year at the new pool in Knoxville, Tennessee. Several new records were set by Florida swimmers and many new best times were achieved.
Beginning on the first night of competition with ATAC’s Cece Williams and Swim Florida’s Logan Samuelson in the 500 freestyle with a 4:43.61 2nd place, and 4:23.35 (4:22.89 prelim), for 4th, Panama City Swim’s Michael Duderstadt and Bolles Caleb Dressel 1:49.08 and 1:49.47 the night started awesome! The first night concluded with the 50 freestyle and the state of Florida loading the men’s final with speedsters. Davie Nadadores Dylan Carter, 19.94, High Tide’s Wesley Olmstead, 20.46, and FLA’s Jason McCormick, 20.47 went 3rd, 5th and 6th. The Bolles School Sharks won the Mens 4×50 Free Relay with a tim of 1:19.03 and the 4×100 Medley Relay with time of 3:15.83.
On the second night of competition, Gator Swim Club’s Hannah Burns swam a quick 400 IM with a 4:16.24 (4:15.34) for a 4th place finish. In the 100 Butterfly, Joseph Schooling (46.70) and Santo Condorelli (47.26) from Bolles go 1, 2 with Schooling breaking the Juniors record, previously set by Paul Davis of Nashville, 46.83. During the women’s 200 free, Cece Williams was at it again with a 4th place finish and 1:47.72. The men’s side was crazy fast with Davie’s Dylan Carter breaking the Juniors record 1:35.29 and Bolles Josh Booth getting 2nd, with a 1:37.80. Caleb Dressel rounded out the top 8 with a 1:40.83, 1:39.09 in the morning. The 100 Breast for the men went very well with Michael Duderstadt getting 2nd with a blazing time of 54.56 and Davie’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde rounding out the top 8, 55.82. The night finished with an incredible 2nd swim of the day for the 16-year-old Dylan Carter in the 100 back. He was just off Ryan Murphy’s record of 46.72 with an amazing 47.22. Once again, Bolles mens team dominated the relays, winning the 4×50 Medley with a time of 1:30.44, as well as the 4×200 Free in 6:37.77.
On the final night of competition, another record fell when the Bolles Mens 4×100 Free Relay set a new record, going 2:55.89. Meanwhile Caeleb Dressel won the highly competitive Mens 100 Free, with swimmers from Florida claiming five of the six top spots. Dressel’s winning time of 43.29 set a new NAG record as well.
Have you ever seen Usain Bolt get in the zone for his 100 Meter Dash at the Olympics?
What about the swimmer Seth Vanneerden when he got ready for his ridiculously speedy 100-meter breaststroke? (Yeah, that was for you Old Timers!)
Or even Gary Hall Jr’s 50 Freestyle?
What about a unsuspecting high school athlete in the state final winning the state title.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of it. *It* is probably one of the strongest and most natural forms of power a competitor can have! It is the elusive supernatural power.
Power? Yeah… and you can learn how to develop it and use it for performance.
I’m talking hype. Some people call it adrenaline. Either way, it equates to an extra injection of power.
For me, I can create my own hype or adrenaline for races by visualizing my race before I go to bed, seeing myself win, looking at splits, stretching, reading (in the case of a triathlon—the routes), locating the other people in my age group, etc. There are many ways.
Usain Bolt mentioned above is all about the incredible lightning bolt pose for his adrenaline and hype, Seth Vanneerden would always scrape his hand on the blocks, yell, stare down the pool, and totally get pumped (very cool), Gary Hall Jr, box, dance, and punch with his boxing robe (always entertaining). In case you didn’t understand my Superman Pose reference, see this post about the actual science behind it.
Create your own hype and adrenaline!
When there is a need to fulfill an awesome dream, you’ll find the way, your way. Make your story happen!
Ahhh, welcome November and cooler days, finally. Oops, what happened? Pools are closing or changing their hours! What? It’s Florida, duh! We don’t need to close, it’s always warm, right? So what’s going on?
At least in Central Florida, the pool situation is going crazy. Winter Park’s Cady Way pool, a pool where a world record has been set, and the YMCA closes it after Labor Day. What? Why? No heater, no budget.
And if a pool does not close completely, the hours are being cut in Winter Park, Oviedo, Orlando, Daytona, Maitland, Winter Garden and almost all outdoor pools in the area. There is a serious shortage of pool time once the winter months come.
Why do I care? Well, I just spent the summer months building the Blue Dolfins Mastersteam into the largest Masters group in the Central Florida area, and my last day with them was this past Friday. That’s it. No more morning practice because the calendar suddenly turns from October to November.
These pool issues kill the swimming enthusiasm, change the regular daily schedule for families, and possibly even make kids change sports.
We need to take a stand. I challenge the people that are interested building swimming and growing it in the community! Come on and help these great athletes out and keep pools open!
If you want a winter training pool, let me know! Power to the people!
Pool Closed Photo from http://fstc-atl.com/