The CHS boys with their trophy after the meet. Matt is in last row, far right. Very exciting for all of them to win the trophy for the school.
Another great swim meet for Matt yesterday. CHS hosted the MIC Championships, so there were eight teams competing. Carmel boys & girls team won the meet. Swimmers can swim up to 4 events (2 individual events; 2 relays or 1 individual event; 3 relays, which is what Matt swam yesterday). All three of his relays came in first by quite a good margin.(Photo shows Matt finished and waiting for Gus to come in for the 200 Freestyle.)
He won his 200 Freestyle hands down against an old friendly foe from NCIN, Gus, who he has been swimming against since he was seven years old in USA swimming. A formidable foe indeed. Matt went in at 1:44.55 and came out with a new best time of 1:42.07, which might, with the exception of Kyle W who is Olympic bound, make him the fastest in the 200 Free in the state at this particular moment. If not, he is very close.
He and Gus were laughing afterward as Gus said, "My coach said, 'Get in there, all you have to do is beat Gerth, you can take him, you've done it before,' and I thought, 'Yeah, I can do it.' Then when you came out like a shot out of a cannon, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to to catch you within the first ten seconds!" Usually Matt and Gus are very close on times. Yep, the boy had a great meet and was all smiles all the time. They were all having a great time.
And, another fun shot, this one of father and daughter goofing at the intermission: The Judge was officiating and The Swimmer/Singer came to support her USA teammates since she goes to Brebeuf and not CHS and swims for them from October-February. Laurie was also there, eager to go home and finish the Ellie soup I made this week as Ali decided to go to the meet after Laurie was already in prep for the soup. Great to see them all, since during the high school season, Ali is not allowed to swim with her CSC team, high school rules, so other than choir, sightings of her around the pool are rare.
And sometimes, when you have four boy swimmers, this IS date night...so cute seeing Ron and Sue (Mike's parents) spending time timing together at the meet. They are one busy family with four boys swimming in four different groups and sometimes different meets on the same weekends in different states...I don't know how they do it!
IU had a great first half against the Illini last night, but the youngsters just cannot seem to play a great 40 minutes total...we are patient, their time will come, who would have thought they would be this good this year? Yep, we are the patient sort when it comes to good team building.
It's another cold day. Matt is off to choir rehearsal this afternoon and it is still up in the air whether I can move Mark into a museum visit this afternoon or not. It might just be a day for hanging out staying warm and cozy at home.
Taking all the Christmas decor down and packing it away until after Thanksgiving. Each year I think that sounds like forever, and each year it comes sooner than I can ever imagine. Have a great week.