Hello and Greetings my name is Brendan Melling and I am a junior here at Miami from Cleveland, Ohio. I am an Economics major and a Statistics and Actuarial Science minor. I swim distance free and IM and like to dabble in the 50 free as well.
As John said in his last post we have just come off two duel meet victories to start off the New Year and the team couldn’t be more pumped up. It is exciting to see my teammates swimming so fast despite being broken down from winter training. The last two weeks, however, we have been preparing ourselves for our next duel meet this weekend against Eastern Michigan. For those of you that don’t know, there is a long rivalry between Miami and Easterns’ swim programs and quite frankly… well… we really don’t like them. Though it can be intimidating facing off against last years MAC champions, the team has been using this as motivation and I feel that we are the most prepared to face them than we have been throughout my previous 2 years here. The team has trained extremely hard and has the mental edge that will be required to travel up north to beat them.
So apart from our determination to take down that school up north, we have also had the (dis)pleasure of starting up classes for the second semester. It is always tricky starting the second semester because we must immediately juggle swimming and school work, as opposed to the first semester where practices don’t start until the second week and meets aren’t until October. From what I have heard my teammates have made the transition and are already spending there nights at King Library and not playing Call of Duty…
Anyway, the end of the season will be here before any of us know it and our team has our goal and we haven’t lost sight of it. The meet this weekend will be a good test of our skill and a good precursor to what the energy at the MAC meet will be like. Make sure to check out the results this weekend.
Love and Honor,