The Boiling Point: Hawkeye Invitational
Samantha Pearson

Dec. 5, 2011

Hey Michigan fans!

My name is Samantha Pearson, and for the rest of the season, I'll be giving you updates on what the Shewolves are doing in and out of the pool in my blog, "The Boiling Point." I got the name from something that Coach always tells us in practice: "Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but at 211 degrees, nothing happens." This quote is very motivating for all of us, as it is a constant reminder that we cannot cut ourselves short on any practice if we want to make a statement with our performances in the pool.

Speaking of that, we made quite a statement this weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa. Traveling in one of those tiny airliner jets with only 12 rows of seats, our team dominated the flight! When we landed, some of the girls found a bunch of shirts that read "Not Everything in Iowa is Flat." The Shewolves' swimming was one of those exceptions, as our swimming for the next three days was anything but.

Here is a quick recap of what went down:

Day 1: All of us were so excited and anxious to see where we were time-wise at the mid-season point, and to get a preview of the pool where the 2012 Big Ten Championships will be held at! One of my favorite parts of the meet is all of the awesome cheers we do! While ours may not have been as 'bananas' as others (pun intended -- Denver literally did a cheer with a guy eating a banana), hearing that 'Go Blue' always gives us that extra adrenaline rush. So many shout outs are in order, including our 200 free and 400 medley relays, who both broke the meet and pool records! Our distance girls dominated the 500 free (five of them were in the championship final! Woot Woot!). The block M was well represented in the rest of the events, and shout out to Alexa Mehesan for winning the 50 free and for Amanda Lohman taking second on the one-meter springboard!

Day 2: Taking over for Coach Richardson due to illness, our assistant coach, Stefanie Kerska, reminded us before the session that we were trained to get stronger and faster as the meet continued. Our training definitely paid off, as we had SO MANY awesome swims! I could literally write a novel on how many great swims there were, so trust me when I say that the Shewolves lit the pool on fire! We started off the session again with a win in the 200 free relay, fourth best in the nation! To make the night even more exciting, Caitlin (Dauw), Alexa, and Ashley (Cohagen) went 1-2-3 in the 100 fly! Another shout out to the divers for owning the three-meter springboard, and to Amanda for getting a PR!

Day 3: Last one, fast one! No matter how good of shape you are in, the third day always hurts. But all of us stayed tough, and fought for Michigan in each and every race. Shout out to Mighty Mouse (aka Adrienne [Bicek]) for pulling from behind and winning the mile, and to Ashley and Caitlin for winning the 200 back and 200 fly by more than a body length each! Also, another shout out to our mid-meet entertainment, as one of the swimmers from UW-Green bay did a solo routine of the Macarena on the bulkhead. We ended the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, and claimed the overall women's title! HAIL YEAH! Props to our men's team for claiming the men's title as well! It felt great to have Maize and Blue dominating the pool all weekend long : )

We were all excited to win the meet, but more importantly, we were all really happy with the progress we've been making this season. We are next off to Ft. Myers, Florida, after Christmas for our training trip to prepare for Big Tens, and to get a much needed sun tan.

Until then, as always, GO BLUE BABY!