Emily Mason’s World Championships Diary

By Emily Mason

BALTIMORE, July 19. TODAY was Media Day for the team. There were photographers all over the deck taking pictures for our whole practice. A few swimmers even got to talk to NBC for TV interviews. I guess a few kids heard Team USA was around and they came to watch our practice. They even cheered for us as we practiced relay starts.

After our workout Kara Lynn Joyce, Kelsey Ditto and I took some USA pins over to the crowds and tossed them up into the stands. Unfortunately, the fans weren’t much better catchers than we were throwers. I think I had to re-throw at least a dozen times. On the way out we signed a few autographs and went on our way.

The best part of the day was our outing to the mall, an afternoon away from the pool and the hotel. Rachel Komisarz and I went to Bloomingdales and H&M. We had a great dinner at the Cheesecake Factory too. Walking around was just what my legs needed to wake up. I also picked up a few new shirts and a pair of sunglasses. Shopping is my thing — I love looking for a bargain.

Tomorrow I have two practices to look forward to. In the evening I am doing a challenge set of 100s butterfly. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m counting down the days until we leave for Montreal. Go USA!

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.