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Sunday, August 02, 2009

End Of The Swim Season

Wow. It's done. The whirlwind that was the summer swim season is over.

The final meet was a doozy.
Nine area swim teams converged on one small-town pool, and took over for a whole day. We stayed at the pool for nearly 10 hours before our events were finished. Other families stayed longer. Thankfully the weather was cooperative - we had sunny skies and temps in the 70s. It was a long, exhausting, but beautiful day.

Braden, Brogan and I arrived at the pool at 7:30 a.m. Our team had the first warm-ups, so we had to be there 90 minutes before the meet started. Grandma and Grandpa came for the weekend, and they drove up with M. at 9:00 am.

It was a little chilly at 7:30 am. But that didn't stop the kids from getting in the pool. Here, Brogan is practicing his starts. Look at that dive! Look at his hand position as he goes into his streamline!

Look at those ribs! I need to get him a sandwich. Or a steak. or something.

It's hard for me to get pictures of the boys swimming. 90% of the time they are underwater when I click the shutter, or they are completely obscured by splash. But here is one of Brogan swimming the butterfly leg of his 100 Meter Individual Medley.

In between races there was snacking, gazing into space, and lots of snuggling and reading.

Brogan took 4th place in his age group in the 100 Meter Individual Medley!

I drew circles over the faces of the other boys in the photo because I didn't have permission to post their pictures. I know there's a way to pixelate their faces, but it will take me too long tonight to find it. The black circles make them look kind of sinister, don't they? That's a shame. They really are very nice boys.

Braden qualified for the finals in the 50 Meter Backstroke. Here's his race. (Sorry about my running commentary.) Braden's in Lane 4.

50 Meter Back Final

He took second! This is his first time on the podium.

Brogan qualified for the 25 Meter Breaststroke finals. I don't have a good video of his finals race, as there were timers between Brogan and my camera. But here is his prelim race. He's in Lane 1, the one closest to the wall.

25 Meter Breaststroke

Brogan took 5th!

(Those white circles look friendlier, don't they? I'll stick with white, I think. )

So now we have a month off before practices start up again. It's nice not to have to schedule our mornings around practices, but I'm looking forward to having a way for them to burn off a bunch of energy again!


At 2:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great swimming, guys! Grandpa will be shaking in his boots when he sees these videos! He's got some work to do if he doesn't want to get beat!
Grandma Ellie

At 11:35 PM , Blogger Meliss said...


At 12:12 AM , Blogger Dy said...

WOW, what a fantastic showing, boys! That was so exciting, just reading about it. Enjoy your break, and be ready to start up again soon.

(Hillary, I have taken to just not taking pics of my boys shirtless, mainly b/c of the ribs. And they EAT. Boy, do they eat. But it's like the metabolize it instantly, and end up weighing less than when they sat down to eat. It's uncanny.)


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