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Connar Patterson Headed to Junior Nationals

This Wednesday Connar Patterson will be traveling to Greensboro North Carolina to compete in the 2013 USA swimming Junior Nationals.  This meet brings the best 18 & under swimmers in the country together for three days of extremely fast swimming.  You can follow along with the meet and watch Connar race by clicking the links on the EST website.  I had a chance to sit down with CJ and ask him a few questions about traveling to his first National Level Meet.

EVENT SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Thursday: 200 IM - 1:55.09

                 100 Fly Time Trial - 52.30

Friday:     100 Back - Heat 8 Lane 5 (aprox. 12:20pm)

Saturday: 200 Back - (Swims aprox 9:15am)

                 100 Free time Trial (aprox 12:30pm)

Link to live video & results:

http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2146&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

 

What are you looking forward to at this meet?

                I am really excited to be swimming in my first National level meet.  This is a new level of competition for me and an opportunity to race people I have never met before.  I know the level of competition is going to be faster than any meet I’ve been to and I am looking forward to racing against other national level swimmers.

What are you looking to get out of this meet?

                As with any big meet, I am looking to go best times, put my races together correctly and gain some experience with this new level of competition.  I am also excited to see what other National level swimmers are doing as far as how they prepare and execute their races.  It is a great venue to get noticed by college coaches as well so I am hoping to be on their radar by the end of the meet.  Last but not least I want to have fun, this is my first National level meet and I really want to enjoy the experience! 

What do you hope to bring back to EST and the Senior Group?

                The biggest thing I hope to bring back is attitude, what I mean by that is I want to help our group (and myself) take training and performing more seriously.  I think we can always be better at doing the small things which will allow us to perform our best in the long run.

How do you feel going into the meet?

                Now that the rest has started I feel good!  I have worked really hard to prepare for this meet and have been training faster in practice than I ever have before.  I am a little nervous, but I earned my spot in this meet and am looking forward to the competition.