Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ontario Summer Games Day 3

Day 3 started out pretty rough. No one can really understand the difficulty of traveling to a new town, living in an un-air-conditioned dorm room and eating terrible food (more on food later) and trying to cram about 10-16 events into 3 days... especially when you have to walk everywhere and its about 35-40 degrees outside.... until you try it. Personally, I have never been so tired in my life.

Central Region was stuck in 3rd spot since the end of day one, and starting Friday, our task was to fend off hard charging NEOR (North East Region) and avoid finishing 4th.

The night started off with Alexander Jin and Meaghan Mccann finishing 3rd in 100FR. From there, Central Region showed fatigue from the week. Medalists from the night included the following...

Alexander Jin 2nd in 100FR and 2nd in 400FR

Meghan Mccaan 3rd in 100FR and 1st in 100BK

Brandon Bronson caused me a near heart attack by winning 100BK by .01 seconds.

Ali Rizk came 2nd in 100FR.

Maggie Burns 2nd in 200BR.

Gamal Assaad finished 1st in 400FR.

Karl Massey finished 3rd in 100BK.

Other Blue Fins finishes included Matt Fox (12 years old) finishing 5th in 100BK with a new 12 year old club record of 1:09.25. Please bear in mind that this is a 14 and under category. Very proud of Matt. Mitchell Krafczek also placed 8th in 100FR and 7th in 200BR. Mitchell had a fantastic weekend overall. I am very proud of all our Blue Fins.

Central Region successfully fended off NEOR to finish 3rd over all. Congratulations to Western Region swimmers and coaches for winning the meet. There was some very good swimming and a lot of fun had this week.

Quick Note: Neor and Luarentian Swimmer, Kelly Hotta, was publicly congratulated for winning 5 gold medals, but I find it worth mentioning that both Meghan Mccaan from DS and Gamal Assaad from OAK won 5 Gold medals each for Central Region. I guess it was because Kelly was in front of the home crowd, but I would like to publicly congratulate (on my blog) Meaghan Mccaan and Gamal Assaad for not only being 2 of the toughest and most confident swimmers I have had the pleasure of working with, but also for winning 5 gold medals each. Thanks, guys!

** I mentioned food before. Not only was the quality of the food poor, but they were actually running out of it before our athletes could warm down and get to eat. Try competing this hard with limited food to eat! Try it with limited food AND no warm down. I think i lost weight in the 5 days I was there.

Mike Thompson
Head Coach