happy when swimming

Siena had her first swim meet last week. My first swim meet as well.  I’ve always loved to swim too but I never competed.  I can’t even do that turn for all the practice I did.

Last year Siena wanted to start swim lesson again, after almost a year break. She started and learned all the strokes pretty easily.  She was fast and soon swam across the pool with not much effort, or so it seemed from outside of the pool.  She was so happy every time we went to class.  She still is.  A year later, and many lessons after, with no more levels to go, she’s enjoying swimming so much, she could be in the water every day, all day long.  I understand her, I do love water too.

Siena started in this non-competitive team, practicing every week with 8 other kids, and she’s loved it from the moment she tried it.  There’s no reason to skip a class. We are always there, every week. It is so much fun seeing her swim and learn new techniques, improve her strokes, learn to dive off the board, learn to turn.  It’s lots of fun even from outside the water.

Last week was their meet. Ten teams in Portland, all learning, all different ages, and they all seemed to be having fun.

We got there by 7:45am. They warmed up outside the pool.

And inside the pool.

Practiced the strokes.

Can you see her smile?

She’s always smiling when she’s swimming.

Even while she is swimming!

Butterfly stroke.  Siena said it was the hardest stroke for her.  It is for me too and I think for lots of people is.

Did you see Siena’s self portrait?

Yes, smiling again.

Then the non-competition competition starts.

We are excited to see Siena and her team mates. And really it’s fun to see all the kids swimming looking like they are having fun.  It was great.

Here they are waiting for their turn for the first race.  By now, they’ve all practiced diving from the board twice already.  They are ready to start.

Their teacher/coach.

It is very hot inside the swimming pool, especially looking from the bleachers.  Lucas and Mark went outside to get fresh, cold air for a little bit while Siena had a break from her races.

Do you see a smile again?

Readying for one more race.

We are having fun too watching Siena swim.

Smiling again!

Smile.

Siena when she went to try her first class in the team, she told her teacher that she wasn’t sure if she was going to like it because she couldn’t do the butterfly stroke.  He told her that she will practice it in class, not to worry.  Siena is also taking another swim class, and I know whenever she gets a chance, she practices butterfly.  When they give her “free style”, she chooses butterfly.

I know that she’s learned it and gotten much better in the last month or so, with all the swimming, but she’s worked so hard in making it the best she can.  It seems that the hardest something is, the hardest Siena works at making it her best.  Right now, she told me, not surprisingly that butterfly is her favorite stroke.

I know I’m her mom, but you can see how pretty it looks in this short video in the butterfly race:

The almost complete team. Smiling!  We all had so much fun. Thank you Siena.

After swimming we went to have lunch with Grandma and her friend Denise who came to Portland to see us and to see Siena in the meet.

The Spaghetti Factory.

We sat by the window where we could see the river.  It is full, you can see the current is strong, carrying large branches down the river.

Really good, heart food.

Perfect for that day.

And ice cream of course.

A fun day for sure.

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5 Responses to happy when swimming

  1. Laurie geren says:

    Wow Siena what a great swim meet. You swim so fast and your butterfly stroke is perfect. Love Grammies & Grandpa

  2. mclainclan says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of the meet, Marcela! They’re beautiful and Siena did a marvelous job. :)

  3. megan says:

    i love it siena! you are amazing!

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