Editor’s note: Richland swimmer Lisa Bratton is competing 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 swam in her first Pan Pacific heat Wednesday night (PDT) and finished 17th out of 21 swimmers in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 3.19 seconds.
Bratton, an incoming Texas A&M freshman, is swimming three events at Pan Pacs: the 100 and 200 back and the 200 individual medley. She has been chronicling her experience in Australia for the Herald. She sent this email hours after her first heat in the 100 back Wednesday (PDT). She competes in the 200 back today.
Today was the 100 back. It was a lot of figuring out how the meet is running and stuff. You have to be in the ready room 20 minutes prior to your race, even in prelims. That was a lot different for me, and I actually looked at the wrong time so I sat in the ready room for quite a while! Haha! That’s why I’m glad it was only the 100 this morning! My time was OK considering, but I had wanted to go faster.
Tonight, I went and watched some of finals, and it was so cool to experience that team camaraderie! My throat started to hurt a bit from cheering! I’m glad I got to experience that from in the stands because now I want to be in finals that much more! I have the day off tomorrow, then the 200 back the next day, so I’m excited for that!