Stay in your lane. In life and in swimming this is important because it means mind your own business. When swimmers are swimming fast opponents there is no need to worry about how fast others are going but rather to focus on your own time. Some races are so long, your mind can’t help but wonder to thinking about other things.
Not only is it important to stay in your lane, but when you’re competing against fast swimmers, your opponent is the clock. Racing the clock and staying in your own lane go hand-in-hand because while you are concentrating on only your time, you still need someone to beat, which is the clock. When you beat the clock, you swim a best time.
This past weekend, the swimming team traveled to Campbell University to take on the Camels and Vanderbilt University. While these are two tough competitive teams, I believe as a team we stayed in our lane and raced the clock the entire time.
A few best times emerged including some from relays. Aarica Carrington swam a season-best 1:05 in the 100 backstroke with Miranda Jacobs right behind her, also with a season best, at 1:06. Emani Davies recorded a career best in the medley relay swimming the 50 backstroke split of the relay in 29 seconds. The 400-freestyle relay consisting of me, Aarica Carrington, Kenya Dunn and Ariel Wallace posted a season-best time of 3:52. Freshman Justice Montgomery swam a season best in the 50 free, completing the race in 32 seconds behind Lauren Martin who clocked in at 28 seconds. Both swimmers were only a few seconds behind the competition. Throughout the swim meet, we continued to record best times in some of our most promising events.
The team is beginning to peak at a great time. The hard work in practice is showing off in the fast times people are swimming. With the Howard meet coming up this week, we can only go even better times from here. As our times decrease, our stamina to finish races and the techniques of our stroke increase. I believe we are prepared to put up a great fight against the Bison. As we continue to work hard in practice this week, it will be the small details that help us to beat our rival school.
Here is what our head coach Shawn Hendrix had to say about it:
"Campbell is always tough but the ladies did pretty good overall. We applied some things we've been working on in practice, which you always want to see. We look to perform pretty solid against Howard next week. It's a meet between the only two HBCU's with swim teams. I'm putting a lot of faith in my seniors to do well."