Tuesday, February 16, 2010


"American Fork swimmer Tyler Cox streamlines in the men's 500 yd. freestyle in Heat Two during the 2010 UHSAA 5A State Swimming Championship at the Richards Building on the campus of BYU, Saturday, Feb.13, 2010. The American Fork men's team finished second overall behind Brighton."

After spending a couple days shooting the state wrestling meet and being excited and overwhelmed trying to keep track of more than 1800 wrestlers, I was sent to the 5A swimming championship.

Now, I've only shot one swimming meet before, it was outdoor, and that day was a bit crazy as it was my deadline to decide whether or not to accept my current job offer at the Provo Daily Herald. I took it if you haven't figured that out yet. Hahaha.

I knew that my day would be hectic, as the heat sheet is more than 20 pages long and I'd be competing against some friends, other newspaper shooters.

Needless to say, I was anxious. And having an assignment before and after wasn't making things anything easier on the mind.

I was so nervous that I decided to nix the idea of bringing long glass, and boy was that a mistake.

But as photojournalists do, I made it work with what I have.

In addition, I finally made it the pervert window without anything troubles. Yeah, some BYU pool managers banned me from what they called the "pervert window" during a previous assignment...typical.

Here is what I ended up with. Check out what everyone else shot over on the Utah Photojournalism Blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick, Nice job. I really like #2,3 and 12. August

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Matt Mills McKnight said...

I actually enjoy shooting swimming...nice work!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


I must honestly say that you are one of the best photographers I know. I always look forward to you work. Thank you for continuing to post your pictures and give people like me inspiration

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 9:05:00 PM  

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