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Long Course Swim Meet in Wenatchee

Last week we took an overnight trip to Wenatchee so the kids could compete in a swim meet.

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Wenatchee is a small city nestled in the mountains of Central Washington and it’s really a lovely place. We put Pace up with the neighbors. Of course, the car started acting up, sputtering and engine light flashing, so just to be safe, we rented a vehicle and split up on the way home: me in the Jetta, everyone else in the rental. Once we got back home, the car ran fine. Note to self: never take Jetta out of town again.

Earlier this year we enrolled the kids in one of the USA swimming clubs in our area. They have worked really hard at the daily practices on top of their normal load of homework. They have an exceptional coach and I hope to post more about him later. For now, know that I am really pleased with their performance this year.

This is the time of year when they compete at Olympic-size swimming pools, called long course. Fifty meters one way! These pools are a sight to see after competing in the more common 25 meter pools most of the year and in rec clubs in prior years.

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2010 Swim Championships

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A-Bomb–otherwise known as Mr. Pink.

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Kennedy gets a good start.

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Aaron “flipping out.”

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Chin up, girl. Yo. “Not as the giant of their dreams, nor the dwarfs of their fears.”

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Thirty painted toes.

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Momma.

More swim pictures from the entire 2010 season.

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Butterfly


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How to Make a Girl Who Just Joined the Swim Team Happy

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With an athlete like Aaron in the family, Kennedy is always getting the short shrift. It’s not that Kennedy isn’t an athlete. She just has a much different approach to sports than Aaron. But swim team is the right sport for her. With all the kids milling about, the meets feel more like afternoon picnics than sporting events, and Kennedy really thrives in this kind of environment. She’s also pretty fast in the water.

I was explaining all this to my in-laws last week at the reunion. Kennedy was within earshot. I said I remembered standing on the side of the pool and noticing an enormous rooster tail of water making its way from one end of the pool to the other.

Grandpa Jim raised his eyebrows and nodded his head.

I told them I couldn’t figure out what it was, but it looked like a motor boat and it was getting all the parents in front of us wet. The rest of the swimmers were cheering.

I asked Holly what it was and she said, ‘Silly man. That’s your daughter.’

All the in-laws smiled and politely shooed off my tall tale, but I didn’t care. I was watching Kennedy, who looked up at me with her googly eyes and a smile that just wouldn’t quit.

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