Our swim club's annual Spring Fling swim meet was this weekend, Friday through Sunday. I think they call it a fling because it is our first meet of the Long Course season (April through July) and the coaches use this meet as an opportunity to place the swimmers in swims they don't normally swim, i.e. swims that are not their specialties. For instance Matt swam the breaststroke...I remember a time in his younger years when it was clear early on that Matt's stroke was not going to be the breaststroke, Kirsten, his coach at the time, looked at me and said, "You know, I think there are times out there that he is not actually moving forward at all, just sort of treading water with the breaststroke." Well, times have improved since then and he swims it in the IM, but it still is not anywhere near something he would say that he excels at with any regularity. The meet saw some new best times, some pretty much even times, and a couple of real stinkers, which is about the way this meet usually goes at the beginning of the season. The swimmers all fared about the same and all seemed to be having a good time. The photo at the top is Coach Chris reeling them all in for some instruction and direction during warm-ups. The photo below is a photo op when they spotted me in the stands with the camera. The next two below that, more of the same, the kids and coach a blur as they were jumping and carrying on, no way to get a good still of that shot with my camera as it is.
Nik leading the cheers, Matt and Harrison the two tallest boys in the center without caps. Lots of fun to make a lot of noise for your team!
Mike, Daniel, Matt, and Nik having a good time before their swims.
Charles, Michael (back from college for the summer, Matt, Kiernan, and Harrison, surrounding Charles' mom as she searches through the heat sheets for swims, orders, lanes, etc. Let the season begin!