A sticky sensation comes to mind when swimmer Mike Barrowman relives the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival in Baton Rouge, La.
"It was extremely hot and very, very humid," Barrowman recalled.
The performance of the slight 16-year-old from Potomac, Md., was similarly uncomfortable. It did not foreshadow a berth on the 1988 Olympic team or the world record-setting 200-meter breaststroke swims Barrowman produced in 1989, '90 and '91.
Not only did Barrowman finish seventh among eight competitors in the 200 breaststroke, he would have been last if not for a disqualification.