That is what Sarah took off her 500 free last night. Ok, she hadn’t swam it in 18 months BUT it was still a remarkable swim. She started swimming 500 free when she was 9. I applaud her bravery and never discouraged her from doing it. I also felt guilty making other people watch it. Not really. She has been begging her coach this year to let her do it but he told her she couldn’t swim it until she fixed some things in her stroke. This coach is brilliant – he figured Sarah out pretty quickly. She did exactly what he asked and he put her in. A two-minute time drop is awesome. Aside from the luck factor of having not swam it for a while, she really did race it well. She proved herself worthy of the race – in the past she had just been willing. I admire and encourage her to swim brave.
She has decided not to swim it again for another 18 months. Another two-minute drop and she will beat Katie Ledecky. I like her reasoning.
Grace swam 500 free as well. She doesn’t like the race as much as Sarah does. She actually hates it. Love hates I think. She dropped 15 seconds in a matter of a few months. She missed her AA time by 1 second! She also beat someone who talks a lot of smack about being faster than Grace. She took her by a nice margin. It’s a great way to shut the haters up I suppose. If she really weanted to put herself out there she would take on 200 breast. I think she will be a NT forever in that one.
Sarah is at the pool right now. Think good thoughts, she has had such a great short course year and her confidence has sky rocketed. I would like this to be a great finale meet for the year.
Grace is going after the 200 fly tonight. I have butterflies for her.