This past weekend we went to Siena’s second swim meet of the season. It was in Portland, so it was easy to get to and be back home for the rest of the day.
When Siena goes to check in, then stay in line for her heat, and then wait and warm up for her race, I am always trying to find her. I know her race, her heat, her lane. But still, all those kids in swimsuit and caps, seen from up above, they look a lot alike. This picture made me laugh, because it felt she was waving at me, so I can find her.
And then Mark. Also flagging me. Well no, not to me I guess. It was for the head timer, he needed a new timer. But also, it made me laugh.
Both of them getting ready for their thing. Mark timing a new race, Siena readying for hers.
Her first race of the meet is 50 meter Breaststroke. That has always been one race that causes Siena problem. Her kick. She does the scissor kick, and she’s been working on it. She did 100 meter in Hood River last month, and did great. This time it’s just 50, one turn, and that’s it. She did great. No disqualifications and a beautiful swim.
She does it beautifully again. And she cuts three seconds from her last time!
Yup! We are watching you. We are ready. (And we love you too!)
Her second race of the morning is 50 meter Backstroke. Siena is ready and excited for it, but nervous. Last time in Hood River she did fine, but for a while it seems like she was having lots of problem with her turn. Hard to time when to turn before you hit the wall with your head. Maybe for me I guess. Not for these kids swimming. They make it seem so easy. But I know she’s been practicing.A beautiful race. She arrives first in her heat. She gets a heat winner tag to add to her backpack. She should feel so good about that race. She did great. Check it out.
Times. I don’t know them by heart so I take a picture so we can see them and write them later. She talks to the coach and he tells her she’s cut 3 seconds from her last time again.
We are so proud of you!
As in all swim meets, there is some sitting, talking, volunteering, sewing, knitting, playing, and watching of course.
Lots of time in between races. Enough time to hang out together with friends and get to spend time together.
The second day. 100 meter IM, Individual Medley. I love this race. We get to see the kids swim all four strokes and they are so pretty in the water.
Just 8 minutes later Siena has her second race of the day. 100 meter freestyle. She was tired with not much time to rest. But she was OK. She knows she can do her best.
Mark and the other volunteer dad timing, both watching their kids swim… and also not to forget to time the other lane! The both girls raced neck to neck. It was a fun one. Siena finishes second with less than a second. So close and so much fun.
Friends cheering for each other. Supporting each other. That’s all it matters. Having fun.
And last, she has her favorite race I think, 50 meter butterfly. And in this race, she finishes first place in the meet and improves 2 seconds from her best time. She’s improved so much since she started over a year ago. Look how pretty it looks…. OK, you probably knew I’d say that, but really! Butterfly? It’s such a hard stroke and these girls make it look like a walk in the park.
Yes, we are so happy for you my girl. We are so very proud. And you should be too.
(Thank you for showing it to me. It’s all you, you earned it!)
She’s very excited of all she accomplished in this meet this weekend. She can see in her new improved times, her hard work is paying off. Going to practice 3 times a week (and wishing for more!) and always ready, every single time. Her swim bag ready to go in the morning. She waits for swimming all day. Well my sweetie? Your dedication and hard work is paying off. It always does. But I know when she can see it like that, in specific race times, in no disqualifications,… it really helps.
What a fun weekend it was. Thank you my
little big girl. Thank you Coaches too!