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.
We got there by 7:45am. They warmed up outside the pool.
Practiced the strokes.
Did you see Siena’s self portrait?
Then the non-competition competition starts.
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:
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.