This coming weekend is our February qualifier meet for kids who are trying to make JO cuts. Twelve and unders have a double session on Saturday, and the older kids a double session on Sunday.
Grace decided to make life difficult. She is less than half a second from the cut in 7 events. She can only swim 5 at this meet. In the end it is a roll of the dice deciding what to swim. I am not worried about her, she has been working her tail off in practice and she will do well.
As luck would have it – I have two kids who are under 12 so they are in the same meet. This rarely happens. Sarah and Sophie are both swimming Saturday.
Sophie who is 8 is taking on her first 100 fly. She was willing to give it a shot and even if she doesn’t get the JO cut she will be close. Keep in mind it is a 9-10 event! I was happy she was agreeable to swimming it, 100 fly is something a lot of kids are afraid of. She is nervous but also excited to give it a try.
In the afternoon Sarah is swimming 3 events and Sophie 1. The inevitable has happened – they are both swimming 50 fly. That isn’t the good part. They are seeded next to each other. Not one single kid could fill that .18 gap between the two. Not a single kid. Shit. And don’t forget, the 8-year-old is faster than the 11-year-old.
I would love to tell you that these two don’t compete. That would be complete bullshit. Sarah and Sophie are in competition with one another even in their sleep. Their lives are a constant battle of who is cuter, smarter, faster and right. “No you aren’t” isn’t the most common phrase spoken between the two. When they are actually speaking to each other. It isn’t love – hate. It might be a stretch to call it like – hate.
You are probably wondering what things are like at my house right now. I am glad you asked. They are wonderful. Because I haven’t told them. Denial is bliss. I don’t plan to tell them. They will figure it out Saturday.
They are both fierce competitors with something to prove. This is an individual sport. They can fight it out in the pool. I don’t think it is going to be pretty. But I do expect it to be gloriously awesome.
I think we will take two cars though. Just in case.