first swim meet

30 Sep first swim meet

How I pictured B’s first swim meet: She’s the youngest, so I assumed she’d probably finish last in each race, but I hoped there wouldn’t be a huge gap between her and the other finishers. I wanted her to feel like she belonged on the team.

Turns out my expectations were too low. B was the youngest in the “10 and under” category, and she came in 4th place in each of her heats. In the 25 freestyle, she almost snagged 3rd place. But more importantly, she was smiling the entire time… especially at the finish when she looked back and saw how far she’d come.

I wish I could show you all of it. The cute swimmers in their team suits, cheering each other on. Their imperfect dives off the blocks at the starting bell. But, I don’t put other kids’ images on the blog unless I have permission from their parents (and the kids). You’ll just have to take my word for it.

It was precious.

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