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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary -- July 19, 2005 USA Teammates at training camp for Worlds

A member of the Tucson Ford Swim Club, Emily Mason is representing the United States in the 200-meter butterfly at the World Championships in Montreal. At the 2005 NCAA Championships, the University of Arizona swimmer won the 500-yard freestyle and placed second in the 200 fly and 400 individual medley. She’ll provide SwimmingWorldMagazine.com with regular diary entries through the conclusion of the World Champs. The U.S. squad is currently in Baltimore for training camp.

By Emily Mason

BALTIMORE, Md., USA, July 18. WELL, Baltimore isn’t exactly what I expected. Being from Arizona, I thought “we’re going North, we’ll get a break from the heat.”

Nope. It is humid and warm, but not hot. We got in (Sunday) night after 7 o’clock and met up with the rest of the team at the hotel for dinner and a brief meeting. I finally feel like the past couple weeks of tapering down are finally for something and not some intangible event.

It’s so nice to see old friends you might only meet up with once or twice a year. Knowing you get to spend nearly two weeks catching up is great. Since I feel close with a number of girls on this team I thought I’d do something nice for them. So over the last two weeks I made a pair of wire and glass earrings for them all, kind of a welcome back together thing, I guess. Mary DeScenza decorated water bottles for us and stuffed them with goodies, plus she made some awesome cookies. I feel like this is the best group of girls I’ve ever been with.

After our first practice this morning we came back for further uniforming. It is amazing all the unique stuff we end up with. Whether you keep all your own USA gear or trade away for a British polo or an Australian suit, you come home with a new wardrobe.

So, as we head back to our rooms from lunch to take naps or watch movies I am excited about hearing the rumor we may get to go out tomorrow afternoon, either to a movie or to the mall. We high-energy people tend to get a little stir crazy after being cooped up in a hotel room all day, escaping only to swim for a few hours. All I know is I can’t wait to get to Montreal and watch everyone swim and to get a chance to do so myself.

Rachel Komisarz/Whitney Meyers - USA training camp