10 August 2009

A great, but sockless, weekend

While my badge was off living it up at Sock Summit, I was at a swim meet watching my boys compete. The littlest one (aka The Bear, 6) was debuting in his first real meet, and #1 Son, 10, was having his first anniversary of competition. It was a great meet, lasting two days, and involving the Redwood Empire Aquatic League (REAL) teams. The following is a picture heavy post with highlights from both days!

We were up at 5:30 am both days to get to the meet and get a good set up area. And we totally scored! We got there at 7:20 and snatched up a great place right on the pool deck to set up our tent. Here are the boys getting ready to warm up and showing off their attitude! You can see they have their events written on their arms with a Sharpie, the badge of the swimmer.

Here's #1 Son taking a warm up start before the races.

The Bear got in a start too!

We were sitting right in the middle of a bunch of other team mates, and scored some temporary tattoos. Here's The Bear showing off his tattoo right before he warms up for his first race.

The Bear got off to kind of a slow start on his first race, 25 yard backstroke (one lap). I had to yell to tell him to go! But he won his heat and his 6 and under division! Here he is in the middle.

Here's #1 Son scoping out the competition before his first race.

And his start. He's in the middle.

Here's The Bear getting ready for his second race: 25 yard breast stroke. He won his heat and his division in this one too! He was the only one in 6 and under that had a legal breast stroke. Everyone else was DQed! For the 8 and under kids swimming 25s, they start without blocks.

Getting a little snack and some extra team spirit before the medley relay....

#1 Son showing his Trident!

#1 Son waiting to swim the anchor leg of his freestyle relay. He's the swimmer on the left block.

In the end, #1 Son swam 5 events, made it to all his finals, and then swam the breast stroke in the medley relay and anchor leg in the freestyle relay. His relay team won both their races, and he got a three 3rds, 5th, and 8th in his event finals. Looking back over the year, it's been an amazing one for him! Last year at this meet, he had C times, and this past weekend, he swam A times in all but one event (he hates back stroke), and improved all of his times. Last year, he was an alternate on the B relay team, and this year he was a solid member of the A relay team.

The Bear won his division in 25 back stroke and breast stroke, got 3rd in 25 and 50 free, and DQed in butterfly. He can't quite get his arms all the way out of the water yet! And he swam the back stroke in the 8 and under medley relay. They came in 1st, but were DQed for the butterfly lap. It's a tough stroke! And he loved his first real meet. He was only bummed that they don't have finals for 8 and under kids. :)

Whew. So that's it in a nutshell. It was a blazing hot, but fabulous weekend! I wouldn't have missed it for anything!!!

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Blogger Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

My son is seven and I can't imagine him being that good! How fun to watch your boys compete; good on ya for staying home for that. Sock Summit was amazing (even if there were no nickel sheepie pins to buy :-) but family is more important.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Rudee said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend. Maybe the next sock summit won't coincide with this important event. Your boys are adorable.

7:23 AM  
Blogger knitalot3 said...

Congratulations!!! That's awesome guys. Way to support your boys.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Go, fishies!!!!!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Baldeagle said...

We surely missed you at Sock Summit. But what a fantastic worthwile weekend with your family
Your are an awesome MOM. See you for Saturday knitting soon.

10:17 AM  

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