2010 State Meet Conclusions


2010 State Meet Conclusions

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 4:04pm (April 19th, 2010)

Well it's obvious I didn't train or prepare for this meet well. I need to set a schedule and stick to it. I also need to just plain work harder. My work ethic in the pool is lacking in a big way.

Facility:The facility was decent but I wasn't a fan of the pool. I didn't see a single time I thought was on par with last year, this includes myself. The facility didn't seem to employ a Janitor at all. Issues like standing water in the locker room and shortages in TP made it seem like nobody was attending to these health requirements. The pool area lacked a clock of any sort, there would be announcements as to when we were ending warm up or starting the meet but nobody had any idea what time it was. There were multiple problems with the starting system. I can handle a problem or two, these things just happen (not sure why, in 2010, but whatever). But it seemed like there were an above average number of issues. I was started with a whistle for the first time in my life. Overall, it seemed like this was the first meet the facility had hosted, although, I know this isn't the case.

Meet Organization:
The 200 foot long line of people waiting to check in the first morning indicated a lack of planning with staff. They had to delay the meet due to the fact that nobody had time to warm up since they were held up checking in. The announcing left quite a bit to be desired. I didn't hear of any Pool, State or National records broken. Yet, the meet did occur in it's entirety, so I guess it was a passable effort.

Anybody who was there knows how ridiculous our Referee situation is at virtually every meet. I have no idea why we keep dealing with these same issues like belittling the athletes, yelling on the microphone and general unprofessionalism. We have options people...

No meet is complete without Mark Gill at the microphone. The swimmers were left to create their own fun, which is ok I suppose. I look forward to a new venue and dream of a state meet back at EMU (as usual)