let the swim season begin

DSC_0061 copyCamera, snacks, and swimsuits packed.  The first swim meet of the season.

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Warming up.  Legs, arms, kicks, butterfly, backstroke… everyone at once, all together at their own speed but truing to keep up, to warm up, to be ready for their own.

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I like seeing the excitement, the energy of everyone. The kids the coaches, the parents.

DSC_0320 copy DSC_0344 copy DSC_0356 copy DSC_0360 copy DSC_0364 copy DSC_0366 copy DSC_0369 copy DSC_0370 copy DSC_0376 copy Eight laps.  200 meter IM.

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First individual race. 100 Freestyle. A second place in her heat with 100th of a second difference, and finishing in just over a minute.  Now, a new goal for this girl of ours.  She has it in her mind now, I know she has it in her.

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We watch from the bleachers but get right in her lane when she swims, to cheer her on. We wave and smile from the other end until she’s ready.  We are there for her.

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Smiling as always.  Water is where she feels the best.  “Chlorine is her perfume”, as a t-shirt reads, and we know that’s true.

DSC_0401 copy DSC_0405 copy DSC_0416 copyBack and forth, back and forth.  Eight times again.  She’s so strong.

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This time, her hardest stroke.  200 meters of breaststroke, something she’s never done before.  Not even half of that.  But at the end, she felt so good for being there and now with a new time to beat the next time.

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One more turn, one more reach, one more touch.  And just like that she did that morning what she loves the best.  And we were so lucky to be there with her.

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One thought on “let the swim season begin

  1. Glendie October 22, 2015 / 7:57 am

    !!!WONDERFUL!!!

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