In the last month the girls participated in two swim meets. (Should have been three but they missed one due to the flu- they were NOT happy about that.) The first meet was a novice meet which was a LOT of fun. They have not earned any Red or Blue times yet so they are still able to compete in novice events (in addition to recognized meets.
The novice meet took place at Oaks Christian High School. They have the most fantastic pool in the county. (I guess that is what you get when you pay $25,000 a year tuition for high school!) Both girls improved all of their times in 5 events. Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke and 100m IM. They earned a stack of ribbons which was so fun for them and really made all their work feel worth it. I love swimming because it's not about winning. It's about improving on your own performance every time. So far the girls have done really well at improving their times. I was especially proud of Gabby this time around because she shaved seconds off of all her times even though she had taken a 6month break and had only been back in the water TWO times for practice!
Maddy was completely surprised to even win one of her events!
This last Saturday was a recognized event meaning the competition was a lot stiffer. Some of these kids can really swim and have been doing it for years! It's so cute seeing even the tiniest 6 year old tearing it up in the water. I was a timer for this meet and I have to say I don't understand why most parents try to dodge their timing responsiibilites. It was so much fun. Best seat in the house too. This meet was held in Pleasant Valley at their impressive indoor pool. Here in California indoor pools are pretty rare. The chlorine smell is strong in there but at least it's out of the hot sun!
Both girls swam hard and improved their times in all of their events. It's a lot either to get a disqualification in a recognized event and both of them had a DQ in a couple events. I was still proud of how well they swam. It's really easy to get a DQ on a tiny technicality. Maddy had a small issue with the even-ness of her butterfly stroke that resulted in her DQ and Gabby had an issue with her turn in the backstroke. Now they know what they need to work on at practice.
It was so exciting for both girls to get a ribbon at this event. Maddy a seventh place and Gabby a sixth place in breaststroke. Maddy also got a ribbon for Personal Best Time in an event (freestyle). Amazingly she shaved 18 seconds off of her best time! The best part of all for me was seeing Maddy swimming the breaststroke (her favorite event) and seeing her huge smile every time she came up for air. She was obviously loving every minute of the competition and that is truly all a mom can ask for.