Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ella's AA meet

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Ella had her 2nd long course meet of the season this past weekend and it was the best overall meet she has ever had!
Friday night started with the 400 IM, which she had never raced and was quite nervous about. The AA time is 6:01.19 and her goal had been to break 6 minutes, but she totally crushed that by over 10 seconds and is actually quite close to the AAA time which is so awesome for her. She has finally got her backstroke improving and that is helping her IM time so much because she doesn't lose the lead she gets during the fly.
Saturday and Sunday she kept up the fast swimming and it was so fun to watch her accomplish some of her goals. She BARELY missed the TAGS cut for 200 breast (by exactly 0.2 seconds) and came out of the water crying because she wanted to so badly while Mike and I were just freaking out with excitement that she was so close! She got AA times on her 50 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 100 free, missing it only in the 50 breast, oddly enough. That race was pretty close after the 200 fly and she went so hard on that race (missing TAGS by less than 3 seconds) that I think it affected the 50 breast. Watching the 200 fly was my favorite moment of the meet because all her teammates were down cheering her on and it was adorable :-). She has been with a lot of the kids in her group for 3 years now and they are such great friends.
We are really proud of Ella and so excited to see how the rest of the summer goes for her! It was her first meet where she placed top 8 and got ribbons in every single event she swam.
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400 IM
5:49.95
(4th/22)
it was so fun timing her for this race because her head would be out of the water on her turns, unlike her long freestyle races, so we could really yell for her

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SATURDAY
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50 Free (lane 4)
seed time: 35.51
this meet: 31.64
(8th/89)

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200 Free (lane 1)
seed time: 2:36.60
this meet: 2:28.76
(6th/63)

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200 Breast (lane 5)
seed time: 3:17.13
this meet: 3:03.49
(2nd/20)

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We love Coach Bailey and will be sad when she moves out of his group at the end of summer :-(!
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SUNDAY
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200 Fly (lane 3)
seed time: 3:11.68
this meet: 2:46.86 (dropped almost 25 seconds!!!)
(2nd/14)

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50 Breast (lane 6)
seed time: 41.28
this meet: 40.51
(5th/65)

cheering on her friend right before her turn
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100 Free (lane 5)
seed time: 1:13.75
this meet: 1:08.99
(6th/69)

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