Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sweet 16

It's another big day in the Hyer house today. Sydney is 16. She is currently in bed, sleeping off an amazing evening of swim. She and Sam swam at the region championships yesterday and they both put in some of the best swims of their lives. I can't stop smiling, I'm just so happy for them! You remember my post from the country club championships this past summer about Sam kicking it on the 100 fly? Well, let's repeat that for last night (except for the team coming in first place, that will never happen). Sydney swam the 200 IM and the 100 breast while Samantha swam the 200 free and the 500 free. They both swam in relays too but this year they weren't on the same relay teams. 
This was a super important meet for Sam because she is a senior and it's only a possibility that she will be able to swim at the state meet.  She has swam the 200 free and the 500 free in most of her meets since she joined the team as a freshman. She got her best time at regions as a sophomore and then had been unable to better it her whole junior year and until January of this year. She beat it once mid January and then again at the final regular season meet. That was pretty exciting because she and another girl from her team who is much slower were the only two girls swimming it. Sam was able to swim hard with no one to pace off of and drop 3 seconds. She danced out of the pool and down to us, it was awesome!
Sydney on the other hand has not been stuck for two years with no improvement but has been a tiny bit intimidated by some particular swimmers on another team (at least that is how I see it, she will probably disagree with that statement). Last night she had to swim against these girls and she rose to the challenge and gave it her all. It might sound a little like I'm being mean but I was thrilled to see Syd pull herself out of the pool after she swam her 200 IM and lay on the pool deck because she couldn't move. I'm not concerned with how my girls place but I am concerned that they swim hard. Sam & Syd both swam as hard as they could last night and Brian and I are as proud as we can be.

So these hard swimming girls dropped time. Samantha - 2 seconds in the 200 free and 4 seconds in the 500 free. Sydney - 6 seconds in the 200 IM and 1/2 a second in the 100 breast. They both swam great times in their relays and now we get to wait and see what happens about state. 

The birthday girl wishes it was a weekday so we could run right out and get her driver's license but alas, that is not the case. She will have to wait, poor thing. Brian works today so we will be driving to Provo when he is between shifts and then we can have a family birthday dinner. We will have to hurry home so Syd can get back in time for her date. 16 means you are old enough to date and how fun for her that she has one lined up.

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