Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ella's Summer Champs Meet...the season finale!

This past weekend we spent 3 long days in Pearland for Ella's long course champs meet. Initially she was pretty bummed about this meet because she barely missed the cuts to go to the A champs meet, but once we told her how on the bright side she could rock it at this meet she was excited. And rock it she did! She ended up coming home with 4 new A times and 7 medals for the 9 races she swam (2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze). The days were long (driving an hour to the pool, prelims in the morning, killing 4 hours in the car between the sessions, finals and then an hour drive home), but Addie and Preston were troopers and watching Ella so happy with how she was doing was a blast!
Ella has been 11 this past year, so in the younger half of the 11/12 group at all her meets. The fact that she has done so well despite that has us all looking forward to the next year! She works so hard every day and it is definitely paying off! I also love her fun group girls that she gets to hang out with every day!
(Ella got her first trophy from a swim meet for being the runner-up high point 11/12 girl! We left for vacation the day after the meet so we need to pick it up still, but SUPER exciting!)
There are tons of videos below, for our records mostly, but definitely check out her first place finishes...the finals for 100 Breaststroke on Saturday and for 50 Breaststroke on Sunday! We are all looking forward to a break from swimming and life in general for the next few weeks :-)!
FRIDAY
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200 Breast Prelims (2nd place)
seed time: 3:17.13
this race: 3:20.80

200 IM Prelims (2nd place)
seed time: 3:04.95
this race: 2:58.21 (A time!!!)

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100 Back Prelims
the only race Ella didn't qualify for finals in...24th/33
seed time: 1:37.00
this race: 1:30.96 (BB time! Backstroke is her struggle :-)

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200 Breaststroke FINALS
3rd place/33
(this was the only event she didn't get a PR on...her first A time from last month)
prelims time: 3:20.80
this race: 3:18.80
(I always love that they announce names at the finals, although the Saturday guy was the really good one I remembered from last year)


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200 IM FINALS
3rd/21
prelim time: 2:58.21
this race: 2:57.15

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My parents were able to come out for finals Friday night before heading to Florida to welcome Mack and Cheryl's new baby. Always fun to have extra support cheering Ella on!
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SATURDAY
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most of the prelims were swum all ages combined so it was hilarious to see Ella next to all these older girls...just wait for the next race!
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200 Free Prelims (4th)
seed time: 2:37.85
this race: 2:37.44 (A Time!!!)

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Ella was in the 1st heat of prelims for 100 breast and look at the ages of the girls she was swimming against! She ended up taking 4th in the heat still!
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100 Breast Prelims (1st!)
seed time: 1:34.03
this race: 1:32.03 (A time!!!)

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100 Fly Prelims (2nd)
seed time: 1:22.15
this race: 1:22.56

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200 Free FINALS
(3rd/28)
prelim time: 2:37.44
this race: 2:36.60

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100 Breast FINALS
(1st place!!!/22)
prelims time: 1:32.03
this race: 1:32.20

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100 Fly FINALS 
(2nd/21)
prelims time: 1:22.15
this race: 1:21.96
(the A time is 1:21.89....SO painful! The silver medal was good consolation though!)

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Ella's face when she noticed I was taking pictures of them haha!
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SUNDAY
(Ella hadn't swum these first two races all season so her seed times were weird)
100 Free Prelims (11th)
this race: 1:13.75 (still 1 second off A time)

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50 Breast Prelims (1st!!!)
this race: 42.38
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200 Fly Prelims (1st!!)
seed time: 3:18.41
this race: 3:11.68 (BB time)
200 FLY PRELIMS VIDEO
Ella had literally 4 minutes after this killer of a race was over before her turn in the 200 free relay because no boys were entered to swim 200 fly. There was some relay drama this weekend (like the fact that she was the best breaststroker from her team there but wasn't on the A or B medley relays for some mystery reason) and Ella should have been on the A relay end of story. I think the fact that she wasn't really motivated her though haha. She had a great split time despite being exhausted.

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100 Free FINAL
(12th/43)
prelim time: 1:13.75
this race: 1:13.95

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Ella was pretty bummed not to be in the A final of this and then was mad at herself for adding...we pumped her back up for breaststroke though ;-).
50 Breaststroke FINAL 
(1st place!!!!/21)
prelim time: 42.38
this race: 41.28

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I think Ella was dead at this point ;-)...so mean to make them swim this twice on the last day of the meet!
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200 Fly FINAL
(2nd/5...one DQ'd in the prelim)
prelim time: 3:11.68
this race: 3:12.60

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