Monday, February 17, 2014

Fun February

 How about I just start right off with a close up of Brian's frozen face. We had the best snow of the year (so far) and came home when my legs couldn't take it any more. Hopefully we'll have a few more of those days before the ski season is over.

 February 8 was Sweethearts dance. Sydney's first dance. She rocked the style department in her dress and converse.
Sam's shimmery layered dress is one I might have to steal. She looked beautiful and had a great time.

The state swim meet was February 14 & 15th. Samantha qualified to swim in the 200 free, 500 free and the 400 free relay. We were overjoyed that she qualified. We were hopeful about the 500 but the 200 was a big surprise. We had an anxious week between the region swim meet and finding out who would swim. She did not qualify for an individual event last year so to have 3 events her senior year was pretty amazing.
Sydney qualified in the 200 medley relay (fly), 200 IM, 200 free relay and the 100 breast. She had awesome swims at region so we weren't anxious about her and she is a sophomore so this wasn't her last meet ever.

 So many swimmers waiting to start the warm up. It is a bit of a mad house when they all get in.

 Sydney is the jumper in the pink suit.

 This is just one third of the pool and swimmers. Crazy!

 The Jordan coaches were pretty happy with their team. 4 girls qualified in 2 individual events, all 3 girl relays qualified and 1 boy qualified in 1 individual event. This is the best the school has ever done.

 Sydney diving in on the relay.

Sydney waiting to start her 200 IM. 
 Sam before the start of the 500.
 Sam after her swim. I love this picture. She didn't know I was taking this. She is just walking back to the other pool so she can cool down. She hasn't talked to anyone or is aware that anyone is looking at her. She is just so happy that she swam so well. Her best 500 swim ever.
 Sydney before the 100 breast. She has combined 2 pair of goggles into one. One lens is black and the other is silver. They look a bit weird to me but she loves them.
 Syd didn't do as well on her individual swims as she wanted to so was disappointed in herself. She had best times in her relays. I am so excited I get to watch her swim for 2 more years.
 The team cheering on the relay girls.
When the meet was over I made the girls and their coach pose for me. The other coach and boy swimmer went out a different door so I couldn't get them. Way to go Jordan swim team!

Going to the state meet is a huge hassle. It's hard to get a decent seat, you wait forever for it to start, it's not really spectator friendly because of how early you have to go to get a seat and then the meet takes hours and unless your child is swimming or you love the sport no one really wants to go. It's annoying and frustrating how little respect and encouragement the school gives to it's swimmers. These students work incredibly hard for a season that lasts longer than football. I feel bad that the only spectators that will cheer them on are immediate family. The high schools cancel class for a state football game but these kids are lucky to get it announced over the pa that they are going to state. I'm sure if I didn't have swimmers I wouldn't care. I bet it's this way for other sports too and I'm clueless about that also. However, I do have swimmers. I do see how hard they work. I am aware of what they give up to compete. This isn't only at my girls' school. This is more often the case than not. I know I'm more bothered by all of this than my girls are. They just smile and do their best.

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