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February 11, 2014 / umbcdawgblog

Conference Championships

By Erika Ronning

It is that nerve-wracking time of the year again.  Two days until the America East Swimming and Diving Championships commence.  The UMBC women’s swim and dive team will be departing tomorrow, February 12, to make the trip up to Worcester, Mass.  Competition begins on Thursday night with the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay along with one-meter diving.

This year I am entered to swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle in addition with the 100 breastroke.  Along with individual events a swimmer can swim four out of the five relays: 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, and 800 free relay.  The nice thing about my events is that I only have to swim one event in prelims each day.  Some athletes may have a morning off but this also means they will have to swim two events another morning.  Doing two events is very taxing when swimming in finals especially if you are in a relay as well.

Tapering is often thought of as the key to an entire season’s success.  After endless weeks of grueling workouts, we are finally getting a much-needed break.  All of the swimmers are getting very restless in the pool.  The women’s team has stopped doing doubles and lifting.  We have also been coming down a lot in yardage and dryland to get our bodies ready for a taxing weekend full of fast swims.

This year will be different than all my other AEC Championships.  Only five women’s teams will be competing and the UMBC men’s swimming and diving team will be heading down to Tennessee a week later to compete in the CCSA Championships.  The deck’s atmosphere will be a lot different without the men’s team behind us cheering so is going to be a weird change but it isn’t anything that we can’t handle.

Check out the AEC website this weekend for updates on the swimming and diving championships and stay tuned to the Dawg Blog for more entries about UMBC athletics!


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