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Pan American Games… NO. Pro Swim League… YES. Duel in the Pool… YES

The months of  September and  October were filled with extremely hard training! I achieved many training goals in and out of the pool that will move me into position for a great year of racing.  I wanted to tell you a little about why these two months were so successful and what I have coming up.

No Pan American Games

The month of October was host to the Pan American Games in Mexico. After my swims at Nationals, I was selected to attend this meet by USA Swimming. I turned down the invitation due to many reasons but non bigger than the fact that I wanted to put in more hours of training in my preparation for the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games. To be successful as a USA sprinter at the Olympic Trials and also the Olympic Games requires a little more training compared to other sprinters from other  countries. Most sprinters need a lot of rest to perform at peak sprinting levels. and that requires a longer taper compared to a 200 and up swimmer. Also When you swim at Olympic Trials and make the Olympic Team you have to wait another four plus weeks before you get to race again.  Four weeks isn’t short but not long enough to build back up and fully rest again for sprinters. The only way to make that an easier time period is to put in more base work early in the year and just keep on resting!  The base work I do now will allow me to hold any taper no matter how long! “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”


This week on Wednesday November 16th and Thursday November 17th Club Wolverine will be host to the first ever Pro Swim League Event.  The event is set up like a college duel meet spread out over two days. The Athletes (pros only) will be divided up into two teams,  East Vs West and compete for prize money in each event. $300 for First, $150 for second and $50 for third. This event has been built by pros for pros to help support all the professional athletes that can’t afford to attend the World Cups which can cost thousands of dollars to travel to.  If you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area please attend the meet and help support the swimmers that make this sport so amazing! If you can’t attend, watch the live feed and show the world how important these events are to Professional swimmers and the sport they compete in!! Pro Swim League website and live feed


My last 10 weeks of training has turned some heads in USA Swimming and  propelled me on a path to be added to Team USA’s roster for the 2011 Duel in the Pool being held in Atlanta Georgia. In the 2005 Duel in the Pool,  I was a part of the Team USA’s roster and won the 50 free, clinching the team victory for the United States against Australia. This time around in 2011 Team USA will be swimming  against the best in the world which ups the competition drastically. The timing of this event (December 16 and 17th) is perfectly in line with the training I have done and will keep me going through December. I can’t wait to go after another victory in my events and help Team USA win another Duel in the Pool event!

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Reblog: Professional Swim League


Great blog post by a friend. Give it a read because I agree with it all and I will be attending the first Pro Swim League Duel East vs West!

Russell Payne

Check this out:Professional Swimming League

A pro swimming dual, East vs West, with money on the line. Obviously this includes only professional swimmers, so you won’t be seeing college or high school standouts competing. What you will see, either live in Ann Arbor or via streaming webcast this Wednesday and Thursday in an extremely competitive lineup of people who have dedicated their lives to the sport. Many of these athletes have represented their country in Olympics and World Championships, but others have never had that chance, and are just hungry for competition and recognition.

Why should you care? With Grand Prix meets, the World Cup, and international meets such as the Mare Nostrum series all competing for sponsors and competitors, aren’t there enough opportunities for athletes? Writing for, Craig Lord puts it very well:

All credit and good luck, though, to those who are not just talking…

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A New Masters World Record!

last weekend I competed at a local masters swim meet along with some of Swim MAC Team Elite. Every year we like to compete at this meet because meets in  October are normally hard to find and we also get to go after masters world records.  This meet sat right at the end of  six good weeks of the hardest training I have done in years. going into this meet I wasn’t expecting much. I ended up coming out with a Masters World record in the 50 free for age group 30-34. If  you know me well,  I am NOT 30 yet!! I guess the way masters aging works I am considered 30. Scary but also excited to post a Masters World Record! Check out The Swimming World Magazine article here about the Record: [link]

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Thank You Merck

I just wanted to send out a quick thank you to Merck and all its employees for the support they have given me the last two years! Today, Merck ran an article about me on their internal website that reaches employees all over the globe. I have received many emails and IM’s wishing me good luck on this long journey for Olympic Gold which is coming up next summer. I hope to bring back Olympic Gold from London in 2012 and share it with all my colleagues here at Merck!

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