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Gabe on the wall

photo credit: Leslie Sallberg

At the beginning of the swim season, Gabe set a goal to make All-Stars this year.  At eight years old, he’s at the older end of his age group, and he’s been swimming with 8-unders since he was five. 

This, he said, was his year.

He worked hard this season.  He improved his times, he improved his starts, he improved his finishes.  And it all paid off: in the Divisional meet, he came in 2nd in back stroke, 1st in breast stroke, and 1st in 100M IM (a 25-meter lap of each of the 4 strokes).  He killed it. 

Despite the fact that we don’t swim in the fastest division in the league, his times were good enough to get him into All-Stars, not in just one, but in two strokes. 

This past weekend, he swam in his first All-Star meet. 

We are so proud of him.  And, even better, he’s so proud of himself.

Sometimes, the universe hands you a perfect teaching moment all wrapped up with a bow on top.  Look, my son:  HARD WORK PAYS OFF!

Just Keep Swimming

O goggles

My favorite thing about summer vacation is swim team.  It’s just FUN.

My kids have swim practice every morning for a few hours.  I hang out with other parents from the neighborhood while all our kids run and play and swim.  Occasionally I’ll swim laps while the kids practice and then I marvel at how much better than me my kids are at swimming.  Like, WAY, WAY better.

O vs. Q

We have meets one weeknight evening and every Saturday morning and it’s fun and competitive.  My kids love it and so do Matt and I.B and G

We’ve been swimming on this team for six summers now — since B was just 5 years old — and all my kids are FINALLY old enough to actually participate in the meets every week.  Q could NOT be more excited that he gets to swim FOR REAL.  He’s only been waiting his whole entire life for this.

Q first official A meetSo even if we struggle to get into a good rhythm at home, at the pool, we’re always happy.

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