Corvallis has a beautiful aquatic center. We’ve never been there, so it was fun to get to see it.
They have bleachers downstairs by the pool, but also upstairs with windows, making it much cooler.
We watched the meet from up there, more comfortably unless when Siena was racing.
The first race of the day, the Medley Relay. Siena did the butterfly.
Soon after that, she had the 100m Butterfly.
She did great. This is the race she’s going to State Competitions next month. We are so proud of her.
We watched from up there. The team relays, other teams, her team mates. I really enjoy swim meets. 100 backstroke. And then to an evening in Corvallis. A short visit to OSU campus and bookstore, and to watch crazy OSU fans get ready for a basketball game on campus.
A second day of swimming. This meet, Siena had her sessions in the afternoon. That was very nice for a change not to have to wake her up super early, when her body is not quite ready to start the day. A calm pool… for a little while.
I do enjoy seeing and feeling the energy the swimmers bring. Everyone getting ready, putting caps on, goggles, waiting by the end of the pool. All ages, from different cities.
The official says over the speaker that the pool is open for warm ups, and there they go. Sometimes there’s music and the kids sing, do a little dance in the water or while waiting for their turn to dive.
And then we play Where’s
Waldo Siena? I like finding Siena in the midst of all the swimmers. Trying to find a girl, with blue swimsuit, a cap and goggles… in a mix of 300+ swimmers, most of them wearing dark swimsuits and goggles… the caps narrows her down. But we can almost tell which one she is by her swimming style. And we wait and wait. Knitting in hand. Yes, knitting always helps.
Lucas gets ready to film her.
And then she races. If she could do more of those 1,000 m races, it would give us more time to watch her swim. but for the most part, 1 or 2 minutes tops, it’s quick, and then more waiting until next race. This one is one of my favorites. Her 200 IM. Butterfly. Backstroke. Breastroke. Freestyle. And she’s so close to a State time. We are crossing our fingers for the next meet to see if she can make it.
The weekend is over and we are heading back home. Some tea, a frozen juice to snack, and some more knitting while watching the pretty scenery go by outside our window. Bye Corvallis. You are as pretty as always.