From The Pool Deck provides a look at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships straight from the student-athletes who will be participating. Each day of the meet will be covered by an Arkansas swimmer in Minneapolis, Minn., for the championship meet.
Senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) is participating in her third NCAA Championships. In 2012, Menzel finished 25th in the 1,650-yard freestyle and improved her time in 2013 to place 19th. She also swam in the 500 freestyle last season. Returning to her specialty in distance swimming for a final season, Menzel placed 32nd in the 500 freestyle on Thursday with a season-best time of 4:44.19 and will swim in the 1,650 freestyle Saturday afternoon.
Stay tuned to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for more updates from the trip and for more information on Arkansas swimming and diving, follow @RazorbackSwim on Twitter.
Hello Razorback Nation,
Day number five here in nine degree Minneapolis weather was another solid day for the Razorbacks. We started this morning with two relays and three individual swims. As you can see in the results, we may have come up a little short today, but have all the more motivation for great swims tomorrow to close out the meet.
To make sure we’re in tip-top shape and feeling superb for tomorrows events, each of us went through our normal shake-out and ice bath routine following our last swim (except for myself, because I make it my mission to avoid the ice bath at all costs).
After our 800 free relay, Anna was approached by a man who told her she was the lucky one selected for “random drug testing." This meant the man had to follow her around and watch her every move until she was able to provide…uhh…an “acceptable sample”. This took her over an hour to complete; meanwhile, Todd made several trips shuttling the rest of us back to the hotel so we could finally eat lunch.
We all had a few hours of downtime before we headed back to finals to do a short loosen swim. Before we left the hotel again, we had a team meeting to get everyone mentally prepared for tomorrow’s session. Sean shared some motivational words with all of us, which raised our confidence level as a whole.
We picked up dinner from the Old Spaghetti Factory on the way back to the hotel while trying to watch the rest of the finals session on Maddie’s phone. In the middle of the 100 breast final, the live feed cut-out leaving us all clueless as to how the race ended, and causing all of us to yell “MADDIEEEEE” in unison (like it was somehow her fault).
Once we arrived, we were in search of a conference room to eat dinner together in when we stumbled upon a room set up for the Louisville swim team. Since we figured they wouldn’t be back for a while, we decided to just keep it warm for them while we ate. However, the hotel staff didn’t seem to like our theory, so they opened up another conference room for us to move to. With dinner conversations consisting of swimming, of course, (since we aren’t at the pool enough) we quickly filled our hungry bellies with classic Italian carbs. With those carbs kicking in to make me even sleepier as I lay here in bed, I will have to call it a day.
We appreciate all of your cheers and support from home- keep it comin’ for our last (and best) day tomorrow!
Goodnight and Woo Pig Sooie! #lastonefastone