Another week has past and we have seen this young man achieve much at a swim meet. Going into the meet, J a bit nervous as they had assigned to him his first IM in practice. An IM in this league is 100 m, but each 25 m, they switch strokes, from Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke to Freestyle.
J competed in a Medley relay (each member did a different stroke), an individual freestyle, individual breaststroke and the aforementioned IM. Dropping seconds in each event, the biggest difference was with the IM where he dropped over 1 minute from his base time! He was not first in the heat, but he didn't care since he dropped his personal time. "That's the neat thing about swimming---you may not win the race, but you may beat your time," as J would say.
Each of the weekly meets are two teams from the league. There are volunteers for timing-3 people per lane and meet half, volunteers to help the little swimmers, volunteers to be judges, to be scanners, to be computer people, to run the concession stand, to assign ribbons, to calculate scores, to be water runners, to organize the kids into the right lanes and lifeguards for safety. There are referees, and the meet directors and announcers. It is a major undertaking and a lot of work done by the swimmers and parents. That is just for the meet itself. There is also set up and clean up and the duties of the coaches to assign events and to match abilities with the other teams. J's mom has assigned ribbons, making sure that all of the statisitcs for the earner is securely attached to the ribbon won as well as an extra hand during the practices with paperwork, etc. while J is swimming. J's dad is a timer at each of the meets. It really takes everybody to make it happen and work together. J's grandfather was amazed at the precision and effort to make it a success for the kids.
The swim league is based on neighborhoods in the region. J's team would also be considered the city team. The family has had great success with the teams and coaches and couldn't ask for a better. This is J's 2nd year on the team.