Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mardi Gras Meet 2014

Ella's favorite meet last year was the Mardi Gras Meet at LSU. She has been looking forward to going again all year! This year it wasn't on a 3 day weekend which was a bummer, plus we don't have the RV anymore AND the Super Bowl was Sunday evening so we made it a quick trip. We left Friday, Jan 31st, right after school and drove to Baton Rouge. We got settled in the hotel and then we had all Saturday morning to play before heading to the pool. The kids wanted to go mini-golfing like last year and it was much smoother this time around! By next year we may all be able to really play it :-). We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and then headed to the pool. It was a little more crowded but we got a good spot near Ella's buddy Grace and her family and settled in for the rest of the day. The teams did the parade again and threw necklaces. We lowered Preston under the bleachers and he collected what seemed like hundreds of them. He wanted a picture wearing them all but after about half of them they were too heavy and he started to get claustrophobic :-). Ella swam all 3 of her races well, getting B times in them all and she was only 2 seconds from a BB time in the 100 Fly! It was another fun weekend in Louisiana!
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Nana helped us get Ella's new swim bag all ready in time for the meet.
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Ella made her and Grace matching Mardi Gras colored rainbow loom bracelets :-)
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Getting Ready for the Parade
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50 Breaststroke (lane 1, top of screen)
seed time: 54.15
this meet: 50.21
7th/16 9-year-olds
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100 Backstroke (lane 8, bottom screen and blocked most the time by annoying people standing along the pool :-)
no previous time
this meet: 1:40.57
5th/9 9-year-olds

100 Butterfly (lane 7, bottom of screen)
seed time: 1:52.92
this meet: 1:42.51
2nd/4 9-year-olds
These girls were fast. Ella had a great time but I thought she was going slow because of the rest of them :-).
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I'm still a little confused about the scoring for this meet but she got a 4th place ribbon at practice a few days later and she was excited about it :-)!
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