Monday, June 27, 2016

Ella's Swim Meet at A&M

The weekend of June 17th Ella had a long course swim meet at Texas A&M. She was very excited about the meet and had high goals to get A times in most of her events because she wanted to qualify to go to the A Champs meet in July that her best friends would be swimming at. She woke up Friday morning not feeling her best and I think that rough beginning carried over for awhile.
She dropped just a second on her 400 Free and then the next day started out with 200 back. Backstroke is her least favorite (because it is her worst stroke) and she was frustrated by her time. Her next event was 100 Breaststroke which she was really looking forward to. She had literally NO time between the two races and she looked great but missed the A time by 0.24 seconds and was crushed. So frustrating to be so close!!!
She had a few hours before her 200 Fly and was pretty pumped up for the race. She had never done it but has been feeling confident about the improvement in her fly. She started out so strong but her cap fell off during the race, which is pretty much her worst nightmare. She finished it but was sobbing as soon as she got out of the pool. Her sweet buddies were all hugging her and comforting her and totally made me tear up from way up in the stands. We love Coach Val and it made me laugh to hear the exchange they had after this disastrous fly race. She asked Ella why she was crying and Ella told her because her cap came off so she didn't get her A time. Val told her she could have still gotten her A time with no cap :-) and then she told Ella a funny story about when her own cap had come off.
The last day of the meet Ella had 3 strong events to try for her A times, 200 Free, 100 Fly and 200 Breast. On the 200 Free Ella did amazing and got 2:37.85 and guess what the A time is? 2:37.59!!! She missed it by 0.26 seconds. 100 Fly was very soon after and Ella had another great race, but again just barely missed her A time by AGAIN 0.26 seconds! Poor Ella shed more tears at this meet over these close times than she ever has before.
She had a long break before her last race and we told her how great it would be to be at the BB champs meet instead with these times that were virtually A times because she will be able to do so well. Ella was so ready to kill it on her last race of the meet, one of her favorites, 200 Breaststroke. The A time cut off is 3:21.09 and she didn't even cut it close this time, getting 3:17.13 and 5th overall.
It was a fabulous way to end an emotional meet and now we get to see her rock it next month at the champs meet she qualified for!
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Ella at the same pool two years ago and now...it is amazing how far she has come in that time!!!
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400 Freestyle
11th/29
Seed: 5:35.80
This Meet: 5:34.92
(lane 6, 3rd from right)

SATURDAY
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200 Back
13th/26
Seed: NT
This Meet:3:09.94
(lane 8, very right)

100 Breast
10th/61
Seed: 1:39.49
This Meet: 1:34.03
(lane 6, 3rd from right)

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200 Fly
6th/7
Seed: NT
This Meet: 3:18.41
(lane 8, very right)

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SUNDAY
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200 Free
10th/32
Seed: 2:41.21
This Meet: 2:37.85
(lane 8, far right)

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100 Fly
8th/38
Seed: 1:27.60
This Meet: 1:22.15
(lane 3)

200 Breast
5th/24
Seed: 3:27.23
This Meet: 3:17.13
lane 8 again :-)

we survive these meets with electronics....especially when they can go sit in their own area to play them ;-)!
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