Editor's Note: Head coach Matt Barany will continue his annual tradition and pen a blog over the duration of this week's A-10 Championship. His second championship week entry can be found below.
Feb. 22, 2012: Blondes, Brunettes & Bringing The Energy
I went to Starbucks this morning and ordered a Tall Blonde Red-eye. Why don't they call their new blend Brunette? It's not blonde; brunette is a more accurate description. I would feel much better about myself if my Starbucks drink order was a Tall Brunette; I wouldn't feel like such a cheater. C'mon, Starbucks!
BTW - I was a bit crazy this morning. I should be called the "Richmond Spider-Monkey" after one of those drinks. Some things just never change.
We'll head over tonight at 4:30 p.m. for the 200 Medley Relay and the 800 Free Relay. The meet starts at 6:30 p.m. There is no women's diving today; Katherine will dive on Thursday and Saturday.
There was a lot of song and dance this morning. We used the time at the pool as an opportunity to relax and get used to the facility. There are nerves, but they are the normal healthy fears. The ladies look good in the water, so I would expect waves of confidence to replace the nerves on their own time.
Our message tonight: Bring all of your stored energy. Let's support our relays with the most we can give them. Believe in your teammates as they trust and believe in you! We'll band together to focus on two events tonight. Just two.
I'd like to share with you our relay line-up for tonight, but I don't want to tip our hand.
Please cheer loudly and make a fool of yourself! We will!
Thank you for supporting the women.