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  1. 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 narrator had hoped for weren’t likely to occur.

  • B. demonstrate that, contrary to the narrator’s expectations, 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.