The 1500 is one of my favorite events. I think I'm competed in either the 1650 yard or 1500 meter in short course about a half dozen times. Then two weeks ago I swam the 1500 meter in long course at a meet for the first time. I liked the long course event better than the short course event, less turns. Since right now swimmers are swimming at the US Masters LCM Championship up in Oregon I decided to do a 1500 comparison. I know it's not fair. But I'm doing it to show how fast these Olympians are and how fast some of us Masters are. Well not me but the others.
So let's start with the results from China in the 1500 LCM Semi-Finals. With 5 heats of swimmers that is a lot of swimmers. So I'll just go over the highlights. Full results can be seen on NBCOlympics.com LINK. The slowest swimmer with a time of 15:45.98 was Ricardo Andres Monasterio Guaimare of Venezuela. That is still a really fast time in the 1500 LCM which is 30 lengths of the pool. The fastest swimmer with a time of 14:38.92 was the master of the 1500 Grant Hackett from down under. Two American's competed in the 1500 with very impressive times. First we have coming in with a time of 14:49.53 was Larsen Jensen. The second American with a time of 14:52.11 was Peter Vanderkaay. Now these are just the semi-finals.
Up north in Oregon the United States Masters LINK are having the 2008 LCM Championships. Yesterday was the 1500 LCM event and here are some highlight. Full results are online LINK. The fastest and very impressive time was 16:32.72. This was done by someone in the age group of 35-39. Since that is my age group let's go down the time for this age group:
All are very impressive times. These are US Masters times. People who can't spend 4 hours in the pool, 2 hours in the gym and countless other hours training each day. Only eight people in the age group 35-39 competed in this event at the meet.
Now here comes pokey ol' me. The other weekend I swam at the SPMA Regional LCM Championships. In my 1500 I came in with a time of 19:19.32. You can view all the results of this meet online LINK. Not too bad. I'm happy with that time. I don't get to practice in a LCM pool and it was my first time competing at a LCM swim meet. After this weekend's USMS Championships they will collate all the times from any USMS sanction meet and release Top 10 times for every event for each age group. Based on my time last week and the meet this week I'm hoping to be up there. Only time we see.
It's very humbling to think that the slowest guy at the Olympics was 4 minutes faster than me. Maybe I need to start training with Dara Torres.