It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of the swim season and I have not posted any information about the kids' swimming this year. They are having a great year and learning a lot. After L was done with her highschool swim team experience, she rejoined her Blazer team. AJ and A-girl are also on this team.
The kids had their Sectional Swim meet today to determine who qualifies to go to State in 2 weeks. Its an intense meet, with lots of kids vying for only 3 spots to move on to the State meet. The teams in the league are divided up into 4 sections. The top 3 swimmers for each event automatically advance to State. There are 4 Wild card spots for each event that then go to the next 4 fastest times in the State so if you placed 4th, you might be able to go depending on your finishing time.
After the preliminary results, all 3 kids (LJ doesn't compete) will be swimming at State. A-girl finished 1st in the 25 back, 50 free and 100 IM. Both her relay teams (Medley and Free) placed first as well.
AJ finished first in his 3 personal events (50 Free, 50 back and 50 Fly) and his relay teams finished both events in third.
L finished her 100 Breaststroke in second, 200 Breast in 4th and 200 IM in 5th. Her relay teams finished first in the Medley and 4th in the Freestyle. She also picked up a Regional time (set minimum time standard to be able to go to the Regional Meet) for the 100 Breaststroke.
State is 2-17 and then they have 2 weeks off before the Regional Meet. A swimmer can qualify for Regionals by swimming at least the minimum time for each event. A swimmer is allowed to swim in a maximum of 7 events (regular meets is a max of 3 events and 2 relays) but can qualify in as many as they are able. L moved up an age category this year and the other two are at the max age of their categories for this year. Both AJ and A-girl have qualified for 8 events and L has qualified fro 2. Another team mate has qualified for 6 and another 5. The remaining 13 qualifiers have between 1 and 3 qualifying events. We may be a small team in comparison to the other area teams but we are a strong one. We will have a very full swimming weekend.
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