Saturday was the beginning of this craziness of the summer. We tend to get into swim team, but it takes every day of the week, except Sunday. But, we like it. Last year, the kids started off time trials very strong and struggled to meet those times the rest of the season. I'm hoping the reverse will be true this season.
Matthew had the very first swim of the day. I was worried a little about it. I thought he might be nervous about jumping in the pool. When I went up to him to wish him luck as he was sitting in the chair , he turned to me and said, "I can beat them." I cracked up and knew that I no longer had to worry. He is competitive and will fight hard for what he wants. As it turned out, he came in the middle of the two 5-year olds on our team in Freestyle. He was not happy! But, I'm hoping that just sparks him to try harder. I see big successes in his future.
|Grumpy after coming in 2nd on his freestyle|
Zack has a little work to do. I told him it's good to throw time trials so he can set himself up to win his heats during the actual meets. We're hoping that he will get legal in breaststroke and/or butterfly this year. As a 6 and under, he will get plenty of ribbons and awards. But, his team is hurting for 8 and under boys, so he has the potential to score for the team this year if he can get a little bit faster or legal in the hard strokes.
|Intense, as always|
Rachel did unexpectedly well last year at time trials and the first meet in backstroke. She swam a great race - super straight with beautifully extended arms. She was then always seeded in the top heat and had a hard time swimming that fast. She has such long arms and legs and feet that she can look really pretty when she swims. I think that she could do really well if she worked on all the little things that make good swimmers into great swimmers. She did well at the meet. She was really nervous about having to do a 50m butterfly. I don't blame her. That stroke is hard. But, she went out and fought through that thing without DQing. I was proud of her because she did not want to do it, but she did well. I'm hoping that more than doing well this year, she can learn to enjoy it. I hope she can find a couple friends on the team that help her want to come to practice and the meets.
I'm going to apologize up front for the number of swim pictures I'll post over the next few weeks. It really does take over our lives.