Barcelona is the host city for World Championships this summer and I am happy to participate in the meet. Overall this is my 4th long course World Championships, first one dating back to 2007 in Melbourne. I will be swimming the 100m and 50m breaststroke races at the meet, the competition is fierce and going a season best time would define success for me. Live results can be found at omegatiming.com/Competition
World University Games will begin in Kazan, Russia tomorrow with my first race being the 100m breaststroke on day one. I am also entered in 200m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke events as well as 4x100 free and 4x100 medley relays with team Estonia. The level of competition is pretty high and swimming in a final would be a great accomplishment! Meet results can be followed here: kazan2013.ru/en/st_events/schedule#http://kazan2013.ru/hide/en/-240/Comp/DetailedScheduleByDate
Estonian long course Nationals will run from 26th through 28th of June in Tartu. The three day and 6 session meet will be last chance to pick up some World Championships time standards for our swimmers. I will participate in 50 and 100 fly, 50 and 100 breast and 200 IM. The meet will be exciting and feature most of our top swimmers. Results can be found at www.swimming.ee
I will be participating at the Santa Clara GP this upcoming weekend. The meet will run from May 30-June 2 and I am signed up to race 100m fly on Friday, 50m free on Saturday and 100m breaststroke on Sunday. The meet will feature many top international swimmers across the world and will be a final tune up for team USA as they head into their World Championship trials at the end of June. Live results from the meet can be found here: www.fastlanetek.com/swmeets/2013_05_30_scsc/
The meet is now over and overall positive results from the weekend. My last race, 200m breaststroke wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but considering I haven't done much training for a 200 race, it's not too bad of a result. I gave it all in the morning and felt that I had nothing left to give it at night so therefore I scratched from the final. The meet itself was well organized and I was happy to be able to swim there. Picking up B-cuts for World Champs this summer in 50m and 100m breaststroke was exactly what I needed to do.
I decided to scratch the final of 100 fly to focus on the 50m breaststroke at night. In the 100 fly prelims I gave it all I had and the time 54.62 was only three tenths off my best time and national record. I did however accomplished my goal of going best time in the 50m breaststroke (28.32 prelims) and even though I was a ditch slower at night (28.37), I am still quite happy with the result.
Second day at World Trials is over and overall a positive outcome for me. The prelim swim (1.03.35) was very relaxed and I was able to save up for a good swim at night. The finals time of 1.01.63 was the 2nd best overall time of the meet and gave me the win in the B-final. I was hoping to tip under my best time 1.01.45 set last year in Indianapolis, but the timing of the last two strokes was off and therefore lost some valuable time there. On the positive note, my first 50m split was my personal record.
Swimming a fast 50m fly is harder than it seems (atleast for me). I was happy with a controlled prelim swim of 24.95, but couldn't really go faster at night and ended up being 5th in the A-final with a time of 24.97 (They allow international swimmers swim the A-final in non-World Champs selective events). The goal going into the meet was to use this swim as a warm up for 100m breast while also trying to break my best time 24.90 set in 2009 and pick up a World Champs B-cut (24.80).
My next competition will be in Victoria, Canada that will start on Wednesday April 3rd. As an international swimmer I am only able to swim in B-finals, which doesn't stop me from going fast. I will be participating in 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke and 50, 100 fly. The pshych sheet for the 4-day competition can be found here: www.swimming.ca/docs/Events/2013-wct-psychsheet-01.pdf and you can get live results from here: swimming.ca/liveresults/2013worldtrials/ Check back for recaps after each day!
This past weekend I had a racing opportunity during Cal and USC meet in Berkeley. Great weather and atmosphere helped bring out great performances from both teams. My own race, 100y breaststroke went quite well by finishing in 52.96. This is a very good time considering where I am at in the season and especially after a solid strength work in the weightroom prior to the meet. There is also video footage of the race between me and Damir Dugonjic under 'Videos'