3. The narrator describes the natatorium as being nearly empty of spectators the day of his race in order to:

  • A. illustrate that the perfect racing conditions the nar- rator had hoped for weren’t likely to occur.

  • B. demonstrate that, contrary to the narrator’s expec- tations, the meet was energetic.

  • C. explain why the narrator’s coach paced at the sound of the horn.

  • D. identify why the narrator felt a rush of energy before the race