Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cancelled Swim Meet

Our first swim meet was scheduled for last night. Last week, though, we found out it would be cancelled because the team we were to swim against didn't make. They didn't end up with enough kids to make it worthwhile I guess. So, our team scheduled a practice meet - a "pentathalon" - where every swimmer gets to swim every event, rather than just 3 as at a usual meet. It's a great way to get the kids to try out all the strokes. They've done this the last 2 years and each time several kids are surprised to discover that they really can do butterfly!

So last night A is all ready to do 5 events (all 4 strokes plus the IM) and both relays. IM was first - and this was a first for A. Last year the coach didn't make him try the IM. It's 4 lengths of the pool, one each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. 100 yards is a long way for the little ones to swim, especially when it includes butterfly. A complained a bit, but he took his place and swam his race. He wasn't fast, but he looked pretty good, considering. He finished it in just over 4 minutes.

The forecast was for thunderstorms, but we started off fine. But then we heard distant rumbles of what might be thunder - or could be jets above the clouds. But then, just as the 11&12 year old girls got into the pool, CRASH BOOM FLASH. Beep beep beep beep went the starters whistle. Everyone out!

We waited around for at least a half hour, with light rain and thunder (and very occasional lightning). The coach got the parents together to try to figure out how much longer to wait. We had just about decided to wait 30 minutes when we got a big flash of lightning and a report from one parent that it was storming badly about 30 minutes west of us. The decision was made to cancel.

So, we all packed up our stuff, and as we headed out the gates, the SUN came out. Yes, the sun! No more rain, no more thunder, no more lightning! I was so mad.

I had really hoped to see how A was doing in all the different strokes - times as well as whether he was doing them correctly. A wanted to see which events he was doing best at, so he could choose events for the next meet. He definitely wanted to do breaststroke and freestyle. I told the coach to put him in backstroke or long free (2 lenghts of freestyle), depending on which event had fewer other kids entered. This early in the season, it's likely to be long free.

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