As we approach our spring Championship meet things are quieting down a little. The kids are practicing hard and we haven’t been doing a lot of meets. My girls have all been pretty worn out and have enjoyed their free time just relaxing at home. Mother Nature has been on their side and they have enjoyed several days off from school. They usually get up at the crack of noon on these days.
Our club just participated in the IM Xtreme meet, one that requires that you have a time in all of the events being swam. Due to some stupid planning, Grace did not get to swim the meet, having never swam the 200 breast. She was disappointed but ended up having a fun weekend hanging out with friends! Sophie also did not qualify, she hasn’t swam 100 breast yet. But she is also only 9! The 9-10 session on Sunday also happened to be during the Super Bowl. Who planned that? I was thrilled we didn’t have to go.
Sarah did exceptional at the meet. She got best times in all five events and added a few more JO cuts. I was especially pleased with her 100 fly – she can do fly but is very inconsistent with it. I filmed her race and my background commentary is awesome. It’s clear I was blown away. While it was odd to be at a meet with only one kid it was also nice. And by that I mean less exhausting.
PVS recently posted their top 20 by age group and event. To give you some idea how fast PVS is, Grace is “this close” to several sectionals cuts as a 13-14. And didn’t make the tops 20 in anything. I was actually a bit shocked. Her meet in January wasn’t a good one so her times go back to early November. Hope to see her on there soon. I was pleasantly surprised though to see that Sophie did make it! She was 18th for 9-10 in 100 fly!
The most exciting thing that has happened recently is that our practice pool just hosted Metros. Metros is a local high school competition that pits the private schools against the public. We live in Montgomery County, Maryland – a DC suburb. Don’t pity the poor public school kids, most of them drive better cars than I do! To give you some idea how competitive swimming is in our area our high school kids get to compete with the likes of Katie Ledecky.
Our practices were cancelled all weekend due to the meet. And being the crazy swim family that we are, we went to the pool anyways! The weekend was filled with some amazing swimming. The high school Grace will go to next year is not a notoriously good swim team but they won divisionals this year and moved up a division. It was fun to cheer on our friends. On Friday night we got to see Katie crush the National Record in the 500 free prelims. Several meet records were broken and it was a weekend of great swimming.
Swim meets are notoriously boring. Metros is super exciting. Kids are allowed on deck and the cheering is what you would expect at a football game. Katie is a complete class act and signs autographs before and after her races. The little kids all go to bed at night with stars in their eyes and dreams of big things after meeting her.
The best part of the meet though was on the way home. Grace said “I’m looking forward to swimming at Metro’s next year”. Ah yes. She sees herself swimming next year. I see her doing real well next year at the meet. Fingers crossed.