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NCAA 1m. Prelims


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I made it through prelims.  It was a long afternoon with almost 3.5 hours of competing and 1.5 hours of warming up, etc.  I am happy to report, though, that I am in a great position going into tonight’s finals.  I ended up second after preliminaries and once they drop the optionals score, I will be in third.  You might be asking me why I would want to be second instead of first.  Well, the pressure.  I have been first going into finals every year, but when it comes to finals, I have been 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, but never have I won.  So, I see this as an opportunity for me to get out there and really compete tonight. 

I am also excited because my prelims wasn’t spectacular.  I didn’t really hit much of anything.  I like it that way because it means that I have so much room for improvement and the only way to go is up.  I really can’t wait for tonight.  I actually leave in 45 minutes and need to get a nap in before I go, but I guess I’ll tell you a little more about prelims. 

It was so nerve racking and my nerves got the best of me.  I held back on some dives that I just needed to be aggressive on and that’s my goal for tonight.  I don’t care how anyone else does; I only care about me tonight.  I know how full of myself I sound, but it’s the only way for me to committ to being focused and get ready to do my best.  I need to think, know, believe that I am the best tonight.  I have been so close to this title so many times and I just want it.  I have worked so hard this season and I am ready to put in the pool and dive my heart out.  I want to be this year’s champion. 

Wish me luck and stay posted!

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