Melstrom said Duckworth plans to use these two meets to prepare for the CIF Southern Section Division I meet. Next week, Duckworth will face something she has not had much of this season.
"She hasn't had the competition all year," Melstrom said. "It's been a slow progression back down for her, and now in the league championship meet, she's going to have to perform in the league prelims to even get to the finals."
Both Duckworth and Melstrom attribute the slower times to Duckworth switching clubs.
She is dealing with a different coach and different training style. She is glad she is.
Duckworth is no longer with the Irvine AquaZot Swim Club. She is with the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team.
"It was kind of taking the fun out of swimming," said Duckworth of her former club. "[My coach Brian Pajer] was very tough. He had a very forceful way of handling things. [He] was very verbally on top of you. I was used to dealing with it kind of, but last summer between not dropping [times] and him being like that, it kind of was all overwhelming.