The more my kids swim, the more I hate summer swim team. Nice huh? I am so jealous of the kids who swim “B” meets. They give out heat winner ribbons and the meets aren’t scored. I remember being at a B meet – Sophie was all of six years old and finally broke a minute on her 25 back. She is now doing it in 18 seconds. And pissed off that it is too slow.
I go into summer swim season pretty excited. And by week 3 I am completely over it. It can make you completely crazy.
Summer swim completely favors sprinters. The distances are usually shorter than what the kids are used to. Grave swims 50’s which is unheard of for 13-14 and poor Sophie swims 25’s at 9-10. Sarah, swimming as an 11-12 is In her glory.
Divisionals – the final meet of the season – was a mess for us. Sarah did great. Sophie did a decent job. And Grace spent most of the meet in tears, getting beat by kids who can’t take her in a 100 and certainly not In a 200. But in 50? Grace didn’t stand a chance. It was heartbreaking. Grace put her arms around me when the meet was over. Head on my shoulders. Tears flowing. I was ready for summer swim to be over. Grace really was at a breaking point, she was adamant that she was not going to continue swimming in the fall. To be honest, I thought it was a good idea.
They say the “lucky” ones make All-Stars. The top 16 in the county for each age and stroke compete against one another. This meet is held the weekend after divisionals. Day 1 is All-Star relays. Day 2, the individual strokes. I’m not really sure the lucky ones go to all-stars, the week after divisionals we see a mass exodus of swimmers, everyone heads out on vacation. Aside from those of us “lucky” enough to compete for one more week.
The girls were each in three relays, several competing together. They did really well in all of them, getting a few seconds place finishes and all of the relays shaved off time. They swam in a medley relay together and did really well. It was fun to see them come together in competition. I’m not used to that.
The following day was the individual competition. Grace had two solid swims, swimming right at and just below her seed times in free and back. Sarah took off over half a second, besting her team record and earning a plaque for her third place finish. Sophie shaved a little time off her fly and was beyond thrilled to never have to swim 25 fly again. She may be the only kid in MCSL who would prefer a 50 and ideally would love to swim 100! Everyone left smiling and happy. More importantly, Grace left with a renewed interest in swimming in the fall. She also was about to launch a one man crusade to change her path in swimming….
Vacation time? Not so fast. Monday morning, the girls had practice. They leave for Zones on August 5th. And then the new season starts September 1st. Swimming feels like a perpetual season. Although I am pretty sure we are about to embark on a season of change.