Right, so… I’m kind of wondering how significant the shots of the clock are in this scene, to be honest?
Because, while the medley relay is very much a team effort it’s still basically made up out of four individual races &
scouts people do pay attention to the times in between the strokes (and even before/after the turn*). X.x;
I thought it was interesting that we got to see the time ticking not once, but twice here.
Also, I’m sure a lot of people have pointed this out already - but Haruka is once again looking at (the direction of, at least? x’D) the score board. While everyone else is looking in a completely different direction, even.
I also wonder how Haruka feels about Rin basically finishing his leg faster than Haruka there. Rin jumped just a little later than Haruka & yet he’d already caught up by the turn, after all. *bites lip!*
* = I’m reading this book about Micheal Phelps that talks about “negative-splits” (basically speeding up after the turn, which isn’t rare in competitive swimming but is known as being really difficult to master even for professional swimmers) and how Phelps is really well known for that trait. Guess who shares that particular trait with him? Yup, Nanase Haruka. Who apparently has an intuitive - dare I say natural? - talent for pacing himself like a pro. It sure puts his 200M Freestyle race with Makoto in a different light, I guess. x’D