Since I haven't blogged in ages, you may not know that my daughter Emily is swimming with the Raleigh Swim Association (www.swimrsa.org) and this weekend was her first big swim meet.
In summer swim league, she swam with the 6-and-under group, and her races were only 15 yards. And that age group did not do Butterfly.
In this meet, she was swimming in the "12 and under" age group. The races were 50 meters (across the pool and back again), and she did all four strokes! 50 meters is a VERY long race for her. All we really wanted was to see her finish all four races. Which she did.
There were very few 6 year olds entered in this event. There were only 2 six year olds (and zero 7 year olds) entered in the 50 meter butterfly!
Anyway, we were super proud of her. The results haven't come out yet, but I think she came in dead last in 3 of the strokes and was disqualified for improper strokes in freestyle, but now she's at least got a seed time so she'll know next time if she sets a personal best. She's competing against herself and not the other swimmers at this point.
She really had a good time, once the initial nervousnous wore off, and we asked her if she wanted to swim in the next meet in a few weeks, and she said she does.