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Dads' Club Youngsters visited the 2015 Arena Pro in Austin

posted Jan 26, 2016, 5:43 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 10:06 AM by Rey Aguilar ]
Many of our young swimmers took advantage of the Arena Pro Swim Series coming to Texas and traveled to Austin to watch the best in the sport compete. 

They not only had the opportunity to watch some really fast racing, but also got to meet many Olympians. 

We asked some of our youngsters to share their thoughts with us. 

What did you like best about the meet? 

Travis Ly: Watching Katie Ledecky’s world record swim, Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte in the 200 IM, and Meeting the Olympians.

Larkin Helman: I liked seeing different swimmers and different techniques that they used to do their best to win. For instance, Michael Phelps developed a different technique on the freestyle to win the 200 individual medley over Ryan Lochte.

Finnian Helman: What I liked is when we got their autograph and took pictures with them. It was an honor to finally meet them and see them up close!

Edward Lo: THIS WAS THE BEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE! Up close and personal watching Olympians race. They signed their autographs and we took pictures with them. My friends and I enjoyed this awesome moment as one team…                                   
Bailey Bergen: I liked Sierra Schmidt's warm-up routine. She listened to music and danced before each of her races. It was really fun watching her.

What did you learn during the meet? 

Travis Ly: Olympians warm-up and cool-down, Olympians treat their fans with respect, I learned about Michael Andrew. 

Larkin Helman: I learned that you should always stretch for 5-10 minutes before your race. It is also important to eat so you can have energy. Preparing for the race is just as important as swimming it.

Finnian Helman: What I learned was that even the best swimmers make mistakes. I also learned that they were kicking off the wall very hard and that they stretched for a long time to loosen up their muscles before the race. The surprising thing is that Missy Franklin didn't streamline enough and Sarah Sjostrom (a Swedish swimmer) got in front of her and Missy had a rough time to catch up with the other swimmers, but she won. I learned that they were eating light snacks like fruit and vegetables instead of junk food and they ate protein bars. On the block they pushed off very hard and they used their legs like a spring hopping off the block

Kassidy Kitchel: I learned that it's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes a difference.

Edward Lo: During the 200 IM I noticed Phelps wasn’t crashing down on his fly and his chin was on the water surface. When he was doing his fly to back turn I saw that he was right on the surface of the water. His underwater work was amazing. He went so far under water.

2015 Dad's Club Graduate and Texas A&M freshman Alexandra Buscher visits our young swimmers in the stands. 
With U.S Olympian Ryan Lochte 

Our swimmers with the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps