Both Sarah and Sophie are looking for redemption next weekend. We had to go to the coaches not once BUT twice asking for special favors.
Because Sarah turns 13 in a few weeks her coaches had told her no more 50’s (other than free) – she needs to focus on the longer races. At the last meet she swam her final 50 breast. She did awesome and got a fantastic time in it. She missed the AAAA cut by a few tenths. She actually did much better than she expected and instead of being content she decided she wanted to go for that cut. She decided to negotiate with her coach, she told him she would swim 200 fly and 400 IM at the meet in November IF he would allow her to swim the 50 breast. She presented a logical explanation, that she really wanted to try for the quad A and that she realized that it wouldn’t change anything if she got it but that she really wanted to take a shot at it. Because she was willing to swim two races that would be very challenging for her in exchange for the opportunity, he allowed her to sign up for it. She must have presented her case well, he also took her out of 200 fly because 50 breast was immediately following the fly and he wanted her to be physically and mentally ready to go! In, other words, he set her up to succeed.
Sophie was not signed up for 100 fly, her signature event, at the next meet. She swam it a few weeks ago at the NAG’s meet and was pretty pumped about the race. Her goal was to drop 3 seconds in the race. Instead she dropped her goggles on the dive, and swam her seed time. She was embarrassed and upset. She also was not signed up for this race at the November meet because she swims it so often. I offered Starbucks to cheer her up but while at Starbucks she begged me to email her coach asking him if she could drop something and be added to 100 fly. I told her no but she was relentless so I finally agreed to ask the coach. He agreed to let her, said it was fine – she could improve her seed for the December champs meet.
I was “that mom” twice this month. I’m really not apologetic either. Swimming is and individual sport that is completely goal driven. Sarah is going into this meet knowing this is her last shot and if she gets her goal it will get her nothing in life or swimming other than the accomplishment itself. If she misses she walks away knowing she gave it her all. Sophie was pissed at herself for losing her goggles and wants a chance to execute a perfect race. I can’t help them accomplish either of these goals, at this point it is all on them. Neither are nervous or worried about this weekends meet. They are prepared to do their best and whatever happens – happens.
The meet is at a slow pool. I really don’t like it when kids show up for non-championship meets in kneeskins. My girls do where the speedo fastskins for meets but it has become the norm around here to where a kneeskin for regular non-qualifying meets. I liken it to where a prom dress to school. Every day. It just isn’t necessary. My kids approach every meet as it is important as the next but I also believe in dressing the part. Sarah asked to wear her kneeskin for the 50 breast. I told her it was fine so long as she changed after the race. Go ahead judge me. I can take it. It won’t be the first time. And I can promise you it won’t be the last.