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 fifth championship week entry can be found below.
Feb. 24, 2012: Charlotte's Final Chapters One Of Many Stories Unfolding This Week
A great Friday morning led to a more relaxed Friday evening. In looking at Saturday's events, we hope it will be our best day.
I want to touch on one senior. In two weeks, I'm going to be in London with Charlotte Brackett for the British Olympic Trials. It will be her "last" race. Prior to Cha, our sprint free was not a strength. It was strong, but it wasn't a strength. Cha has anchored relays with Alex Helland, Katie Sieben, Lauren Beaudreau, Lauren Hines, Mali Kobelja, Mina Vucic, Nicole LePere, Lexi Kuska, Jessie Krebs and Jill Smaniotto to name a few. Her name is on the back of every Richmond relay record. In her sophomore year, she was the only A-10 swimmer to win her three events. She broke Sue Wager's immortal 200 free school record and holds the current school record at 1:48.85.
In her junior year, Charlotte won the memorable 200 free with Jessie, and this year she won the memorable 200 free with Allison. She drills with a small wooden stick to make sure she reaches into each stroke. She doesn't like long freestyle swims, but can be tricked into doing them on her back. In fact, her best freestyle comes when her backstroke feels good. She loathes the 40 x 50's, and has done 20 x 100 free under 1:00 instead. Her confidence has grown and shrunk and grown again. Cha can be quiet and complex.
Like many who have come before her, there is no measurement for Cha's impact on our program. Cha swam her last Richmond relay tonight with Lauren, Mali and Jill when she anchored the 400 medley relay in an A-10 and Richmond record time. Thank you, Cha.
There are many stories unfolding in Buff. I hope to find time to share more. Thank you for your support.