Tuesday, July 21, 2009

At Last - The Florida Swimming Junior Olypics

Last week marked Colin's second trip to the Florida Swimming Junior Olympics. He and I made the 6+ hour drive to Fort Myers, which is officially considered "South Florida" for the 4-day competition. This time around he had posted qualifying times in the 50 Meter, 100 Meter, 200 Meter, 400 Meter, 800 Meter, and the 1500 Meter (aka The Metric Mile) freestyle events. He was also chosen/assigned as the Anchor leg in the 200 Meter and 400 Meter Medley relays as well as the 200 Meter and 400 Meter Freestyle relays. This means he swam 10 events total - ALL freestyle stroke.


Above, Colin is spotting his "hand-off" swimmer as he readies for the last leg of the 400 Meter Medley Relay.He held his own for most of the meet; swimming personal bests in the 50 M and the 1500 M events. He also swam personal bests in the relay events. All-in-all, a good experience for him. Below, Colin is well into the 1st 50 Meters of his relay leg: 100 Meters Freestyle in the 400 Meter Medley Relay.

We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with friends of ours while we were there. Let me tell you, that made the entire heat and sun filled trip a bit more relaxing. Not-to-mention, my parents flew in for the competition and were able to spend a lot of quality time with us and all of Colin's team mates and their parents. It must have been the HOTTEST 5 days in history in Fort Myers. And, I joke that I am still suffering from the effects of heat stroke and sun poisoning. Not in reality, but definitely in my mind. Oh, my gosh, I literally sweat buckets upon buckets this weekend.

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