Friday, February 13, 2009

Greatest Session in Pio Swimming History

I get to call it that because I update the blog... But, I don't think I'm wrong. I have truly never seen a team get off to such a strong start. This morning saw lifetime bests in ¾ of our swims and one school record. Tough to top… until we got to the finals.

Four school records and huge time drops nearly across the board.

Lindsay Nixon lowered her previous mark from the morning in winning the title in the 200 IM. This swim earned her a provisional NCAA qualifying time.

Claire Jordan finished 5th overall in the 500 Freestyle and dropped three seconds, breaking the Lewis & Clark school record, as well.

The final women’s race of the night was spectacular. In the 400 Medley Relay, Annie Hay lead off the relay with a school record in the 100 Backstroke. Hay combined with Susie Trexler, Lindsay Nixon, and Koy Collier to smash the former school record by more than four seconds. For the men, the finals proved sweet for Zac Hixson who lopped more than three seconds off his lifetime best time to move up to 10th place in the 200 IM. Sam Palmer broke the 22-second barrier to finish in 21.88 seconds in the 50 Freestyle.

It’s hard to believe tomorrow is only Day II, but I welcome the chance to see our team race again. We’ve had great cheers and numerous bus speeches in just the first day of competition. As Sam said, we’re still building to the crescendo. It’s going to be a great weekend!

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