By: Lauren Biggers
The day started off with a text message from John that there was Starbucks waiting in the room next door. A girl could get used to this. When I went to make the collection, Lindsey and Jessica, who joined the party last night, were waiting for the elevator on their way down to the hotel's breakfast buffet. I finished up upstairs and joined the swimming trio for a quick bite to eat.
The morning-of-the-meet mood was easy and the coffee was flowing freely. Lindsey's dad and sister made an appearance and there was some discussion of the heat sheet, which John fetched this a.m. along with the Starbucks. After the girls grabbed their stuff from the room, we piled in the Rav4 and made the five-minute drive to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, our home away from the hotel for the next few days.
Lindsey, John and I came over for a practice session yesterday, but the energy at the facility is completely different today. There are swimmers, coaches, team personnel, parents everywhere. I grab a (PRIME-TIME) seat on press row above the competition lanes and set up shop. While Lindsey is warming up and John is alternately pacing and chatting with coaching buddies, I am busy making an iMovie of our first two days in Indiana. Check it out on the Davidson Wildcats YouTube channel.
Competition is underway now, with the 200 freestyle relays complete. Lindsey's event is the fourth of the day, after the 500 freestyle and the 200 IM. We expect her to be on around 12:30 p.m.
Like Mark over at the NCAA Wrestling Championships (firstname.lastname@example.org), I'm available by e-mail (email@example.com) for questions or comments all afternoon. I'll be here most of the morning, bookmarked by the Georgia and Tennessee parents, just taking it all in. Take a break from non-stop basketball and check back for updates later.