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Milligan talks about the dual meets against Cal and Stanford
The Bruin swimmers and divers headed up north last weekend to take on Stanford and Cal in some dual meet action! On Thursday afternoon, the swimmers were scheduled to fly out, but our first flight got canceled. We headed to the airport early in hopes that all 20 of us could get on another flight, and low and behold, we all got on. After checking in the team took seats and got some snacks. While at the gate a Southwest worker came up to us and said, "I'm sorry but your flight has been cancelled". Not again! We figured out that Southwest had checked the whole team in for the cancelled flight. We all had no idea that was even possible.
We made it to Palo Alto, listened to some Bay Area music, went for a swim, and then it was off to Cheesecake Factory to eat and celebrate Paige Treleven's birthday. It was so nice to have a big team dinner the night before the meet in order to get pumped up and fuel up (even with a little cheesecake). We got a good night sleep and then it was time to race Stanford. The weather all weekend is what we liked to call "pleasant" or in other words very cold for the spoiled Southern California girls trying to make the best of things. As a team, I was so proud of the way that we stepped up against the number one team in the country, going after it from the start and just trying to get our hands on the wall first. This meet was one of our first true dual meets away from home and it was definitely one of the fastest moving meets we have had all year. It was great to feed off of the adrenaline and just cheer each other on. Stanford is always nice enough to set up a meal for us after the meet and it was so great to sit and have a meal with our families, teammates, and alumni! The Bruin family is always so supportive no matter where we are and it is amazing to have the home teams jealous of the snack tables that our wonderful parents set up! We are truly spoiled.
We stayed in Palo Alto for the night, got a morning swim in, and then it was off to Cal. The drive up to Cal is always scenic because we get to see so many landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the downtown San Francisco skyline. The meet against Cal went extremely well, another great day of racing in which we tried to improve upon the previous day of racing. As a team everyone seemed stronger and we did a great job of carrying the momentum into the second day of dual meet action. We had another great group of family, friends, and fans at Cal and it was so inspiring to lead an 8-clap with our little fans at the end of the meet.
It was a great weekend of racing for the Bruins and this week it is time to gear up to BEAT SC!
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