Hello and welcome to the 4th post on the Miami University men’s swim team blog, my name is Sean Minderlein. I am a freshman here at Miami; I am a biomedical engineering major with a minor (at least) in distance freestyle. I am from Mullica Hill New Jersey.
We just competed in the Miami Invite, we placed second overall, we were unshaved and didn’t fully taper. Considering that we did pretty well, we even had several lifetime-best times. Coach Pete was pleased with what he saw, so was Coach (now an uncle) Scott. Some highlights of the meet: Brendan Melling placed 4th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:03.01, and our 400 free relay placed second with a time of 3:07.46. We had 2 record breaking performances out of diver Jimmy Beres, on the one meter and the 3 meter. To see all of the results please go here: http://www.muredhawks.com/livestats/w-swim/09-10swimming/
We had our first “real” snowfall this year, with a whopping measurable half an inch on the grass. Since we had it during the Invitational meet this lead to some very bewildered and amused Florida swimmers. This also led to some snowmen. Then snow ball fights. Not necessary in that order.
After the meet the team went over to the Western Cabin, there we ate dinner and talked about our successes and the work that we have to do over break to ensure future successes as well. At the cabin we also picked our Secret Santa’s, mine is… what it is a secret.
As the end of my first semester comes closer, along with the Dred of finals, I find it the mazes of text books and labyrinths of notes grow larger. Other than a lost roommate, this means that the joys of winter break are around the corner. But before winter break we have finals, as my professor put it “the semester learning assessment.” I know my N-64 has been powered down for over 48 hours, but my books on the other hand are starting to overheat from constant use. As students find themselves staying up later and later with the help of caffeine, the coaching staff plans, what can only be described as, “fun activities” that we will be doing over winter training.
This winter break we are staying to train here in Oxford, much to the delight of my parent’s bank account. I get to experience Miami’s cabin out in the woods for two nights, and participate in the Secret Santa out here for the first time.