The weeks leading up to swimming sectionals and swimming state find the boys enjoying various activities, meals, and fun times together, each milestone marked with a dwindling number of swimmers as they swim their way toward cut times, some making the cuts while some will try again in the coming years.
There are 18 out of the 55 boys going to state with individual swims and/or relay times. Tonight they met to eat a pre-state dinner and to hear encouraging words from one another and the coaches. As the moms brought in contributions for the dinners, 4 very large lasagnas, three huge salads, 4 large loaves of garlic bread, 2 dozen yeast rolls, cheese, crackers, milk, chocolate milk, apple juice, water bottles, three angel food cakes, a huge container of strawberries, whipped cream, sherbet....I was thinking, "this is a whole lot of food." How much was left? I think Matt said maybe one or two slices of cake. These boys can eat after a practice!
Two more days until we cheer them all on at state: Go Greyhounds! While they, of course, are hoping for another state title, we are all so proud of each and every one of these guys, and all the rest of the guys who make up the team just for being who they are in or out of the water. Each of them is already a winner!