Swimming Success

After a gruelling two days of extreme high temperatures and a lot of humidity we came to the end of the 2009 National Swimming Championships.

Over 250 children from all over the country came together to compete for the coveted National titles.

JMan and Miss C were among them.

Miss C surpassed all expectations with 8 out of 10 swim being personal best times. She won bronze medal and also achieved gold with her freestyle relay team.

JMan had 6 gold medals, 3 silvers and one bronze and took first place over all in the 15-16 year age group. He also had 8 out of the 10 as personal best times and got 2 silver medals in his relay teams. One of his races he is less than a second from the National Record for his age.

We are thrilled with all their hard work and effort over the last 12 months to get to this stage and so excited for them. Now for a little well earned time of before we beging to think about the next step. 🙂

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The A Nationals.

What a weekend! Not going yesterday was the right decision. The sandstorm and wind were just awful. Thankful it blew hard all night then settled around 4.30 am…not long before we were up.

The dust was hanging around in the air but dropped as the day wore on and the sun burnt a lot of it off. The wind kept up but not as gusty. More of a strong gentle breeze. Having said that that temperature was about 40 celcius so having the breeze was essential.

The meet is called the A Regionals. It is the Eastern Province finals and somewhat like a state final.

Some action shots.

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Suck in the air boy!

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Keep going honey.

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More air?

The result of all the hard work. Both swam ten races. Miss C surprised herself with equal  5th place on the podium. The girl she shared with was the one she pipped at the post for the same spot last year. She is very sweet and it was nice to see the both of them up there together. It had come down to their placings on their last race and if Miss C had not made the right place in that race she would have not made the podium. They were both pleased to be sharing the place. Miss C swam very well over her races with five out of ten being personal best times.

Please excuse the terrible indoor photos. School gym, no room to set up the tripod, kids too far away, and terrible terrible lights. Add in my hot shoe flash piking out right as they started handing out the trophies. Not impressed!

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Just look at the smile on that face. Can you tell the result?

JMan swam five out of the ten with personal best time improvements. He also took gold with a clean sweep winning all ten. First place in the A Regionals.

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Nice trophy plaques for the wall.

Looking forward to the rest tomorrow. Then the focus will be on the National Championships in two weeks time.

Swimming Finals

This weekend is the regional or state swimming finals for the older two munchkins. Side note – one of them is bigger than me, it may be time to change the munchin tag. 😀

It is also stinking hot, blowing a gale and a dusty sandstorm has blown in. Yuk!

The two day meet is held about an hours drive away and we’ll need to leave home about 6am to get there for warm ups. So on top of the yukky weather it is an early morning start.

Jman is hoping to win this year after a 3rd place last year. He has been ill this last week with a head cold, stuffy sinuses, dripping nose and sore throat. When he came down with a cold sore last week I knew it was coming. We have been doing all the healthy stuff this week and he feels fit enough to compete. I just hope that it doesn’t hamper his goals.

Miss C is swimming because she enjoys it, though she is not overly competitive. Last year she came 5th and was very pleased with that podium finish and trophy.

Anyway – it will be pretty quite around here for the next couple of days, I’ll be back after we have recovered.