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Deck Change: Wrapping a towel around oneself to change (typically into or out of a bathing suit) in a public setting.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix 2007

USA National Team Members: Brendan Hansen, Klete Keller, Aaron Peirsol, Kaitlin Sandeno and Ryan Lochte

The Long Beach Grand Prix started the year off with a bang for National Team members. Many members of the team attened this first, hopefully annual, event. This meet is traditionally the Senior Q meet, with a lot of young swimmers who were thrilled to have these amazing athletes share the deck with them. It was a great opportunity for the team to bond a bit before World Championships. As the weekend went on you could see the National team start leaving their club groups and start hanging out as a team. The high point winners for the meet were Kaitlin Sandeno and Michael Phelps. Both of these swimmers swam crazy full programs and did not let the fans down with their times or the way they mingled with the local swimmers. It was fun seeing Michael take on "the specialsist" Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Ian Crocker. Everywhere you looked you could see the smiles from the younger swimmers. I am sure that some of the kids planted some dream seeds having these amazing athletes share the same water with them.

The really strange thing is it was so cold that weekend. I can't remember when Long Beach was this cold. I heard the men's showers had no hot water and that it was tough to get motivated to swim when there was no way to get warm. (Although you could not tell it from the performances.) Well I can't guarantee it, but I can say that I doubt it will be this cold if this event is held at this time again next year. This is Sunny California! I loved having athletes of this caliber at the pool just a few blocks from my home. Please come back next year! We will get the sun to shine for ya. ;)