Michigan Wins the Day and the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Going into the final day of the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships I would say that both Michigan and Indiana were the two favorites to win the title. On Saturday night Michigan was the better team, and they cruised to the title. This is my second year covering the Big Ten Swimming Championships as I covered the men’s last year. This is a great event to cover as you have high emotion for four straight days. You can’t beat that. I am sure that this time next year I will be wondering why I am not going to wherever they are holding the Big Tens. It is a great way to spend a few days.

Getting Up Close and Personal

I made a point to take my 8-15mm lens to the final day to allow me to get a little closer to the action. When the final scrum happened last year I was right up against the athletes, and I wanted something that would help me capture the scene. As the final races were ready to start I had my two full frame cameras on my body with the 24-105 on one, and the 8-15 on the other. This would allow me to capture a wide range of scenes. The 8-15mm gave me another different look after four days of shooting. In those four days I don’t think that I ever used the same combination of cameras and lenses twice. I was trying to change up my look as well as how I had to shoot from day to day. I didn’t want to keep sending in photos that looked the same.

What to Do Next?

For the last few weeks I have had a very light sports schedule. This championship allowed me to really get my feet wet again both literally and figuratively. The next couple of weeks will be busy as well with two more conference championships to cover. For some reason people shy away from these events, but I love them. When I played sports way back when I would always play better after I got going a bit. Getting immersed in a tournament like this is a great way to keep going and challenging yourself. I usually get very busy in March, but this year that was moved up by a couple of weeks. This could be an interesting month or so for me. There are a lot of great shots ahead, and I have to keep moving to improve myself. I also have to get out and fly the quadcopter a bit as I only flew it once last week.

The Week in Photos

After not having a lot of sports in my weekly collection of photos I have a majority of the collection as sports photos here. This was a week full of celebrations as well as the sports moments. I shot two Valentine’s Day parties as well as the events surrounding the 8th birthday of my step-daughter. I love being swamped, and I was that for sure this week. You can view some of my favorite photos from the past week here on my Exposure page.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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