My Championship Experience is a diary blog written by Summit League student-athletes detailing their experiences at each of the 19 Championships.
South Dakota State junior Lexi Laird writes about her experience at the 2014 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships:
On the third and fourth day we had amazing swims as we did on Wednesday and Thursday, but we lost second place behind Denver. Maranda Buha had come off a serious surgery and several months out of the pool and dropped a second off her personal best time from high school. Her perseverance through this inspired me in so many ways. She was not the only lady that fully amazed me through their determination and I admire all the Lady Jaguars for that. Throughout this year, we have created an amazing support system that I have not yet seen in my three years here at IUPUI and I’m excited to see it grow into something bigger than ourselves.
I had amazing swims, like my 50, which I dropped a half second and placed second and disappointing swims, but throughout everything my teammates supported me. As I finished the championship and reflected back, I was slightly disappointed about things. I think that never being satisfied is not only a great characteristic in myself, but in all of the IUPUI ladies. The Lady Jaguars put together a great performance this year at the league meet and I am so proud of each and every one of them. We, unfortunately, fell to South Dakota State and Denver, but we plan to come back next year stronger and larger in numbers.
Don’t forget to check out the next edition of My Championship Experience as it follows the Indoor Track & Field Championships, Feb. 28-March 1 and throughout the 2013-14 season for coverage at each of The Summit League Championships.