Oct. 5, 2009
GoFrogs.com recently sat down with TCU swimming senior Ben Biefnes to share his preseason preparations leading up to the Horned Frogs' first meet of the season at the North Texas Relays Friday.
Biefnes enters the year after a strong showing at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championships, as he placed eighth in the 400-IM with a personal-best time of 4:01.73. A leader in and out of the pool, the Aurora, Colo., product has earned All-MWC Academic team accolades in each of the last three seasons and represents the Frogs on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
How has fall practice been going?
"Practice has been going very well. I think that we have a whole new atmosphere surrounding our team this year, and everybody really has the sense that we can do something special. We have been working hard both in and out of the water. We have gotten the opportunity to race each other in the last two weeks in practice, which has been a lot of fun."
What are some of the specific things that you are working on as the season draws closer?
"Our team motto for the year is "Don't Hold Back," which I think we are trying to work on in every aspect of the sport. We are really working on getting the most out of every opportunity we get to race, as well as to support each other all the time. It's been a while since last year, so we are trying to get back into the swing or racing hard even when we're tired."
While racing teammates can be fun, are you excited about having competitive meets soon?
"I can't wait to get the season going. The hardest part of the year is the first two months; getting acclimated to a new team and practicing with no competitions. As our first meet draws nearer, you can feel the excitement in the locker room and everybody is defintiely ready to race."
Do you prepare for relay meets any different than you would for a dual meet?
"I think that the relay meet is definitely different than other meets, but the preparation is the same. Everyone wants to take advantage of the opportunity to race in a meet setting and I think it is good for our freshmen to get used to the new environment."
What do the Frogs need to accomplish to do well this season?
To do well this season, we need to stay behind each other throughout the entire year, and most importantly, have fun racing. College swimming isn't about how you feel or where you're swimming, it's about having your team there to pump you up. When my teammates get excited about a meet, you can feel the energy rub off on everyone and we are always able to do some pretty amazing things."
What is different about being a senior?
Everything. I think that knowing it's my senior year, there is a sense of urgency to perform well and to help push my teammates to perform well meet after meet. It's also great to be able to use my experiences to help the underclassmen adjust, as well as to know what to expect."
What is good about starting the season on the road?
"Starting the season away is tough, but I think it's a huge momentum builder if we are able to come away with a win. A win on the road would be huge, and it would only build our confidence for the rest of the year, which is dominated by travel meets."
With only two home meets for the men's squad, what trip are you looking most forward to this season?
"I'm really excited about our training trip to Utah this year. Living in condos with teammates for a week is a lot of fun and it is a great opportunity to focus on training and team building. Also, the end of training trip only means one thing -- taper is right around the corner!"