Monday, May 10, 2010

The Boy® Has Good Swim Meet

The Boy® meet three C-Standards at the Twinvite meet held at the University of Minnesota this past weekend. This was a long course (50-meter) he had to meet the boys 9-10 year old long course standards as designated here.

He did well, meeting C-Standard qualifying for three events: 50 Backstroke, 50 Freestyle, and 100 Freestyle. And he is well within striking distance of achieving B-Standards before the long course season is over.

For the 50 Butterfly and 50 Breaststroke, it is all about technique. And he has some work to do in both those areas. It will come.

I was especially impressed with his 100 freestyle swim. I had emphasized the need to balance his 50 splits. Neither going out too fast or too slow. We were shooting for a 56-second split going out and 56-split coming back. He did a 52-53 for a 1:45. I thought that was pretty amazing to hit his splits like that. With a 10-year old, you are never sure if they are actually paying attention to you or not!

The other thing we were looking for was a good start. During warm-ups, he had a start from the blocks in which his legs were spread wide apart as below.

So we discussed keeping those legs together, and for his 50 Breaststroke there was dramatic improvement as below:

So, a weekend of little victories. The confidence is growing with this young Jedi each week.  We just hope we've found a sport he will stick with and carry into adulthood. And he has the right coaching staff with the Plymouth Swim Team to help keep the sport in perspective and not be hating it by the time he is in high school.

Next up: The Lakes to Pines Triathlon in Park Rapids this coming Saturday (May 15). Bot myself and the Boy® are entered. I'm just hoping for start time highs in the 50's and no wind. But I half expect temps in the 40's and gusty winds. Argh!

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