I swam at the Masters Long Course National Championships last weekend in
Ann Arbor, Michigan. This was my first real serious competition in
almost 15 years. It was a blast. I did times that approached what I was
doing in college. I see no reason why, in my late 30's I shouldn't be
able to improve on those times still and surpass my college times. I
would recommend a big masters competition to any one out there that is
just listening in or thinking about competing or to anyone who feel like
they're getting old. It was great! Everyone was tapered down and most
serious swimmers were shaved.
The meet was run well. Professionally and efficiently. The depth of the
field in the freestyle events was great. A little more depth in the
specialty events would have been nice but it allowed me to place in the
The winning times were quite impressive in all age groups as demonstrated
by the numerous national and world records set during the meet. It
certainly was not the pool full of floaters I had previously imagined a
masters swim meet to be. You can bet I will be at future meets.
Any other comments from people who attended?