Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jonesboro Meet

This weekend was the "Last Chance" meet in in South Atlanta. It was a really exciting meet for all of our friends that were really close in making State cuts. Jared's kind of close in a couple events-but I expect that he might make State next year or the year after. No worries! He swam great and even added a new event-the 200 Breast. I was so proud of him, the only 9 year old in the event! He was right on all his times and he set 6 personal bests out of 9 events---AWESOME!! He had 1 DQ for a brain burp in the 50 Fly-he shaved off 8 seconds but stagger touched on the turn. He knows better and was not happy with himself. Live and learn. :) He's FINALLY starting to not do the anxiety dance every time he's on the block. He's getting more relaxed, figuring out how to get to his lane on time and clear his mind before the race. His starts this weekend were FANTASTIC, I didn't take the camera today, but next time I will get a better shot of him up on the blocks. Here's one of him from practice.Ryan did great yesterday and ok today. She had a new event on Saturday-the 100 back and we were super happy that she broke a 59 seconds for her 50 free. Today she started with the 100 free and that tuckered her out for the 50 breast and back. It's ok since she DQ'd on the backstroke (past parallel on the last stroke to touch the wall). She still swam her heart out and had a great time-that's all that matters. If you're keeping track, she broke 2 (out of 5 events) personal best times this weekend. Oh, and brag alert-we were happy to see that she earned a middle lane for her 50 breast. That's the only time she's been in the middle that wasn't a NT (no-time) race. That means she was seeded higher then anyone else in the heat. :):) Our friends from church have a son, Kyle, who adores Ryan. They spent most of the weekend together. We were SO excited that Kyle made the State cut for his 200 Breast-he missed by 1/100 of a second last year. Ryan rooted him on all the way!!
Here's a shot of her with her coach, Karen. I'll have to get a shot next time of Coach Falco-I think he'd take her home with him if he could ;)
Coach K and Pinkie

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