Editor’s note: Richland swimmer Lisa Bratton will compete this week at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. She flew with the U.S. team from Los Angeles to Australia a day after the conclusion of the U.S. national championships in Irvine, Calif., and trained in Brisbane for a week. She’s now in Gold Coast, and her first Pan Pacific heat is tonight (PDT).
Bratton, an incoming Texas A&M freshman, will swim three events at Pan Pacs: the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 200 individual medley. She has been chronicling her experience in Australia for the Herald.
The atmosphere is excitement! Everyone is ready for the meet to start and get racing!
I think at the pool, everyone is enjoying seeing all the other swimmers from different countries. The Australians have been really nice. The hard part is everyone swims like they drive — backwards! We take over some lanes so they go our way, typical American move, but some still go the other way. I swam in one that went the other way this morning because it was very empty. It wasn’t too confusing till I got to the wall. It’s hard to get to the other side because I’m used to turning one way.
I’m feeling pretty good in the water. Last night was rough, but I felt a little better this morning. This afternoon some of us are swimming in the hotel pool — it’s 22 (meters). This way we don’t have to ride on a bus to the pool. It’s a 30-minute bus ride. I’m ready to get racing on Thursday! I’m tired of sitting around and ready to go!