Friday, November 21, 2008

Road Trip!

The Pioneers took to the road this weekend for the Northwest Invitational in eastern Washington. Two-day meet with prelims and finals each day. In this format we cover the entire Conference Championship slate of events in only two days. The swim coach in (which pretty much takes over this time of year) loves the challenge of so many races packed tightly together. If our kids have the grit and gumption to succeed here, the big meet will prove restful and spread out by comparison.

In true Pioneer Swimming fashion we got out of the gates fast and put up great morning swims, logging seven big-final berths and many more consol and bonus consol slots. At lunch we hit the sandwich shop and returned to the hotel for quick R&R before boarding the bus for the pool. Finals were big, loud, exciting and fast. A sea of orange lined the pool for our team races and the women swam an impassioned 400 Medley Relay to finish second overall.

At the halfway point I go to sleep with a happy heart and a stomach full of pasta, salad, and garlic bread.

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