Well sports fans, it was another series of nail-biters and
surprises at the 2005 BC Provincials in Nanaimo.Dubious tactics, whether intentional or not,
Provincials started with a 1500-meter long course event with
Keith and John
next to each other.This was the long
awaited rematch of the titanic struggle in Edmonton
04’ where John snatched a certain well-deserved
victory from Keith.This time, with the two combatants
right next to each other, this was the classic head-to-head duel.Keith swam
stupendously - swimming the 1500 in
sec verses last year in
Edmonton.He improved his average pace time by 2.1
seconds per 100m.John
attempted to stay with Keith but was unable to
handle the pace.He improved his M50-54
Canadian record by three seconds from
This intrepid reporter understands that the secret weapon
employed was the meatball sub that John
unwittingly ate just hours prior to swimming this race.Forced by Keith
to go to Quiznos just before the race, the 500 grams of indigestible meat and
the BBQ sauce caused burping throughout the race!That is only excuse we were able to derive
from John.From Keith, we hear he had dreams of
grandeur, of being someone much greater than he was.We understand that Keith
imagined that he was RickSay,
and swam with very long imaginary arms for a person of his stature.Keith also
attributed his success to the new FastskinLegskin he was wearing, and the stroke count
workouts during the season.
The next event was the 400 Free.We had a classic horserace here.Keith (44) in Lane 2, newcomer IssaPare (26) of
the Navy in Lane 3, Annelle Harmer (37) from the EnglishBay club in
Lane 4, James (51) from Tyee in Lane 5, and John (51) in Lane 6.This race was a barnburner. John, after
holding the lead for the first 100 meters, was content to hang back pacing
and Annelle.Less than two seconds
separated the pack at the halfway point.Issa was spent trying to keep up with the pack after 300 meters.But you had to admit that John
felt pretty confident that his well-documented finishing kick would ensure
victory over his closest rival in the race James.
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The lead changed hands numerous times, and then
made his move (very briefly) moving ahead of Annelle at about 325 meters.He thought it was John
because she as also wearing an identical black Farmer John Fastskin
Neckskin.But, out of the corner of his
eye, he thought he felt the presence of James
(aka “The Flipperman”) moving up.Too
late, James made an uncharacteristic move and sprinted a 1:13.45 for the final 100 meters.Annelle, who prides herself on a pretty good
finish, paced to second place with a last 100 of 1:17.17.Keith tried to
match these sprints, but had to settle for third pacing the last hundred at
finishes his last 100 at 1:21.07.Issa,
we will save and discuss her 400 at nationals.
This was the much sought after five-person 400-meter race. The winner being the much unheralded “Flipperman” JamesMarshall.Hopefully next year, Tony, JulieBarnes, and RogerBarron, as well as Keith’s
younger brother James will make this an 8-lane
‘no holds barred’ race heat.
It appears that the lack of sleep caused by Keith’s
incessant snoring may have been an inhibiting factor in the last 100 meters for
has vowed that he will never share a room with the SNOREMEISTER Kendal
figures John is way-way-way too light of a
sleeper, and categorically denies snoring excessively.He figured that the meatball residue still
lingered in John’s system, plus the lack of a
warm up is largely the reason for his final 100 in the 400m race.
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The next event was the 100 Free.
Both combatants turned in
so-so performances in the range,
with Keith winning the race by 0.3 seconds.
1:07.5 to 1:07.88.They both then swam a
so-so 200 IM not worth mentioning. They also competed in a 100 Back, and
this photo to the left shows Keith with a small lead heading into the turn.
John can be seen across the pool with his arm straight up.
Sunday morning saw another horserace in the 200 Free.This time, the one trick pony,
wisely decides to pass on this event.John
tried to get sleep and finally gave up and barged into the Head
room only to find out that Zezza doesn’t sleep at night.
As can be seen sport fans, John
decided not to be the first out of the gate, and wisely held back, letting
make the opening move and take the lead.John was in a heck of a race to the
finish bowing to ‘beauty and youth’ and graciously conceded victory to
Annelle.Annelle came out of the race
and stated to the Navy swimmers (and Keith the
quasi-Navy Swimmer) “You guys gotta give me your Email address so we can match
up our times for next season and do these races again!”You’re on Annelle!
are not going to take losing lightly,so we will redouble our efforts.We will look into our inner selves, our
self-doubts, John will figure out how to get his
stroke count down in work out, and Keith (after
his disastrous lack of legs at Nationals) vows to actually train his legs as
well for the finishes of these races!JamesFlipperman Marshall better
watch out next season!!!!
The last race of Provincials was the 50 Free.Keith was
matched up against the 66-year-old JackKelso.Kelso took a commanding lead by the 25-meter mark probably a half a body
fought back, but to no avail, finishing at 30.05 to Kelso’s 29.96.John beat both
of their times in his heat with a 29.79.We know that Keith beat John
the last time they matched up by 1/100th of a second in this
event.But this has been a race that
pretty well has sewn up on Kendal, winning by
sizeable amounts.What you gonna do
about that Kendal?????