Short Course State Champs, Virginia
If you are a swim mom or know a swim mom the best thing you can do is give her a cup of coffee whenever you see her. For the last three days, Ava and I have been up at 5:30 a.m. and spending an hour in the car heading west in the mornings towards Richmond for Short Course Virginia State Champs.
By the time the morning sessions were over it was barely noon. Friday after competition as her and I stood waiting in line to get her a sweatshirt for her commemorative item, I told her this. She looked back at me with her eyes wide. "It's ONLY noon? I thought it was like five."
Yes, this is the life we swimmers and swim parents lead. I have always been a night owl and this new lifestyle has been a bit of a challenge but it's fun. When you get done you have an entire day to do whatever you want-- even if that means a nap at two.
Ava has only been swimming for the Williamsburg Aquatic Club for the last three months so when she made State Champs we were surprised but very excited. She had the qualifying time for the 100 Breaststroke. Although this was all she qualified for, she really helped her team. To enter in a relay, two members from her age group entries had to make champs. After two made it, then two extra members could swim too. This helped bring two other girls into the state meet.
Friday was the 400 Medley Relay. Four girls swim 100 yards of each of the four strokes in swimming. She swam the 100 breast and the other three swam the fly, back and free.
Saturday opened with the 200 Medley Relay: Four girls swim 50 yards each of the four stokes again. She swam the 50 breast. You see a pattern right? She then competed in the 100 Breaststroke in which she had the qualifying time in. She didn't make the top eight but she did well. The day ended with the 200 Freestyle Relay. Each of the four girls swam a fifty free,
Today, Sunday ended with the girls swimming the 400 Freestyle. They came into the race ranked 16 of 17. They wound up shaving 15 seconds off their time and finished 13th. These girls have never swam as a team before and after this weekend they were that- a team. It was fun to watch and see these girls grow to being a team.
We are already looking onwards to the beginning of long course. Ava has six weeks of training before we head to Annapolis, Maryland for her first stab at this new adventure.
I'll be ready for bed and I know Ava will be ready for school tomorrow. At least she gets to sleep in until 8.