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It’s finally time to race! After spending all of September and October putting in some serious training, I am excited to get the chance to see what type of times I can go.
This past weekend I swam my first meet of the year when I traveled up to the University of Delaware to swim one quick session to get the racing calendar jump started. Delaware was fun for two reasons. First, the distance events are swum combined guys and girls, and in the 500 free that means I got the rare chance to race one of my training partners, Katie Ledecky. It’s not very often that guys are pushed to the limits by girls, but she pushed me every inch of that race. She ended up going the second fastest 500 free ever for a girl, and it made me laugh when after the race she commented on how “easy it was because she got to just chase me!” The second reason the meet was special to me was because I grew up in Delaware and lived there for 17 years until I moved off to college. This meet marked the first time I had the opportunity to swim in Delaware since the 2012 Olympics, and so the meet was a sentimental homecoming for me. I grew up swimming in that pool, and some of my earliest and best swimming memories occur there.
Next up on the agenda is the full start of the racing season, when we travel to Minnesota for the first of this year’s Pro Swim Series meets. Looking at the psych sheets, you can definitely tell its an Olympic year; the events are deeper and faster than ever before. I’m looking forward to seeing where I stand against some of the best in the country and there rest of the word!