Monday, March 28, 2011

Carrollton aka soggy wet mess

Each year we make two trips out to Carrollton to swim, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Spring is notorious for storms in Georgia and they usually come our way via Carrollton...that meant that when we were at the swim meet, we got the brunt of the storms. Now this pool is pretty awesome, it's a glass green house. The walls and ceiling are ALL glass. It is really a cool place to swim (well-steamy is more like it) but the kids do well here. Friday night Jared didn't have any events. Saturday morning he only had three. That made me scratch my head, why would we drive out there for 3 events? Well, he actually made finals in all 3 events. This was his second Prelim/final meet, something we are still getting used to. That meant he swam in the morning, posted a top 16 time and had to come back that night and swim it all over again...aahhh, now I get it, 3+3=6. Duh. Way to go swim mom. Poor Jared, we learn everything with him.

So as I said, Jared posted a top 16 on Saturday in the 50 Breast, 100 Back and the 50 Fly. In the finals he finished 12th, 14th and 14th respectively. Pretty cool considering we had been there 14 hours by the time he warmed up til he cooled down. A LONG day.

In the mean time, Ryan had the second shift to swim. She had 4 events plus the chance to swim in relays. She usually gets bumped from a relay by a faster swimmer or there are not enough girls to make a team. This time she made the A free relay and she was super stoked, that is until the storms caused such a back up with delays that she only got to swim 3 events and the final event and the relay got cut from the meet. Boo. At least she crushed her times for the 3 events she did swim. That little fish is getting ever closer to a state cut time and she's only 8! I do have to say that even though we were stuck in a leaky greenhouse where it was raining inside and the kids were soaked and so were the parents, it was a fabulous day.

Day two was even better. Jared made 3 for 3 again and finished 16th in the 100 Free, 11th in the 100 Breast and 14th for the 50 back. Really impressive. His times were right on or lower and he was super proud of himself. Way to go Jared!

Ryan's second day was one for the memory banks. She got to swim all 4 events. She was up on her time for one and then way down on her time for another. She would crush her times or DQ, it was really strange. I think timing was off from sitting for two days as well as an impending growth spurt. Her memorable swims came from the 50 back (and the lovely corkscrew DQ), the 50 FL where she totally crushed her time and almost beat our her arch nemesis and the 25 back where she was on an 18 second pace and freaked out, slowed to a stop and went from 1st to 4th. But the pinnacle? Hands down, the medley relay. Gracie (8-back), Sammi (7-breast), Ryan (8-Fly), Ana (7-free) made up the toughest group of 7 and 8 year old girls I have ever seen. The A relay team was seeded 2nd and they pulled off a 1st beating their seed time by a second. Overall Ryan took home three 2nd place medals (25/50 Br and 50 Fl) and one each of 1st (relay), 3rd (IM), 4th (25 Bk) and 6th (50 Fr).

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