Hey! Don’t worry :) First of all, your times are good! Second of all, comparing yourself to others doesn’t do you any good. Just focus on yourself and accept what you cannot change. You can’t make other people go slower, but you can make yourself go faster!
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The most important thing is to try to relax! I get super nervous for big meets too (or little meets), but you just have to remind yourself that you got yourself there, which means you are just as good as anyone else, as intimidating as they may seem. Focus on your race and no one else’s, and keep reminding yourself of how great you are. At that moment you are the best that you can be. Be completely in the moment and try not to worry about things that have already happened or things that may happened, because neither of those are in your power to change. And remember, if you qualified for nationals you are obviously good. It may seem silly but literally telling yourself out loud over and over again about how great your are going to do, instead of focusing on all of the little things that could go wrong, will really boost your confidence during the race. I hope this helps! Good luck! Let me know how it goes? :)
Hi! I really depends on your team and the level of commitment you are willing to make. Though many club teams are more serious than high school teams, not all of them are. But since they go year round, if you are ready for that kind of dedication a club team is definitely worth it. Going to the gym should also help you, but you need to make sure you know what you’re doing, which can be tricky. This is a helpful article that I’ve been taking things from for a while. Keep in mind though that when you first start weight training, you might actually feel slower in the water and perform worse, which could last from 4-6 weeks. I would also recommend only going 2-3 times a week at most, since you are already doing a swim workout and you don’t want to burn out before college, which apparently, according to my physical therapist, is very common.
I’m also going to try to add a cross training section to my blog (hopefully this weekend!), specifically on dryland exercises/weight training. So if you’re interested look out for that!