In and out
Change of venue excites swimmers
Maverick Aquatics coach Ed Stehlin said he’s seen an uptick in energy when his swimmers train and compete outdoors.
“I know they like it,” Stehlin said. “When we trained outside, before races, they’ve liked it. Other than having to be out there at 5:30 in the morning to avoid the heat, really. And coaches like to be outdoors, too. It’s a good thing whenever you can get (swimmers) in a different atmosphere. A majority of kids train in indoor pools now, and there’s an excitement when you can get them outside.”
Taylor Kidd, who qualified for the 100 meter freestyle finals with a time of 1 minute, 2.77 seconds Saturday morning at Moyer Pool at Lincoln Park, agrees.
Though she’s really not sure why outdoor pools are more fun.
“It’s better. It’s just better,” Kidd said. “It’s just more — it’s really just better. There isn’t really another way to describe it. The energy level is higher, and it’s a better feeling than swimming inside.”
Part of that might be the sudden revival of Moyer Pool for big meets. Since El Pomar Natatorium opened in early 2010, youth swimmers haven’t practiced much at any other pool.
“Swimming outside is fun,” Kidd said. “We haven’t gotten to train outside for a long time since the pool at CMU opened. This is my first time swimming here in three years.”
Moyer Pool is a significantly slower pool than El Pomar, and it was evidenced in the slow qualifying times.
Seven girls qualified for the Colorado Swimming Inc. Long Course Swimming State Championships in the 100 freestyle with sub-minute times. Not only were there no times under one minute, but no swimmers came within a second of one minute, with the fastest qualifying time at 1:01.21.
Kidd says Moyer Pool squashes record-breaking aspirations.
“(Moyer) Pool is slower,” Kidd said. “The pool at CMU is deep. Except for maybe a really small area, it’s six or seven feet (deep) the whole way across. (Moyer) Pool gets progressively shallower. It makes a lot of difference and has really slowed everyone down. You can see it in everyone’s times.”
During the finals Saturday night at El Pomar Kidd finished sixth with a time of 1:01.99.
“I try not to worry to much about other people at a meet like this,” she said. “Everyone races differently. Say you’re racing in the 100 free. Some people are going to go out as fast as they can go and be a lot slower coming back in. I like to go slower going out and go as fast as I can coming back it. I can’t worry about what other people are doing when other swimmers are this good.”
Stehlin said that drops in time between Moyer and El Pomar are common, and that it’s one of the quirks of splitting the event between two pools.
On top of that, he said, El Pomar has a growing reputation for churning out some of the fastest times in the state, as well as being one of the nicest facilities.
“They’re out at Moyer, which has it’s own atmosphere, but then they come back to El Pomar for finals and it’s just electrifying,” Stehlin said. “It’s a great facility, and we can accommodate the second highest number of spectators anywhere in the state.
“It’s a fast pool, and it’s getting the reputation as a fast pool. It starts at seven feet and goes down to 13 feet. It’s fast.”
Prelims today begin at 8:30 a.m. at both El Pomar and Moyer Pool.
Finals begin at 5 p.m. at El Pomar.