On Monday the swim team was busy practicing skills on all four strokes as we were getting ready for our first meet on Tuesday. When practice was over the team celebrated by having a huge “Splash Off” in the pool! Everyone jumped in and made the biggest splashes they could! What a fun way to end hard weeks of training.
Tuesday afternoon we had a Double Dual Meet against Montverde Academy and East Ridge High School. We didn’t win the meet, but the CCS swimmers did a fantastic job. Our team is made up of mostly high school only swimmers where many other schools have a large number of year-round club swimmers on their high school team. This fact does not daunt our team! They always give 100% in the pool and then cheer on their teammates while they swim their events. I am very proud of the job our team did at this first meet!
At the end of the meet most of the team celebrated by going out to Chick-fil-A for supper. It was a wonderful time of fun, food, and fellowship for swimmers and parents alike. The late hour did not daunt our spirits, and no one was in a hurry to leave.
Wednesday’s practice was Sprint Day. The team had thought that they would have an easier practice since we had just had a meet, but it was time to get ready for our meet next week. The sprint sets were designed to help our swimmers build their endurance so they would be able to swim the 50 Yard Free event and the 100 Yard events faster and with better technique. Most of the swimmers in Lanes 3 & 4 are now swimming over 3,000 yards at each practice, Lane 2 swims around 2,500 yards, and Lane 1 swims around 2,000 yards. Each week they increase their distance while improving their technique.
Improving technique on the walls was a huge part of our practice on Friday. Ten to fifteen minutes was spent on improving our freestyle flip-turns. Everyone worked hard and took their flip-turns and breakouts to the next level by not only improving their walls, but also not breathing on the first stroke off the wall. Not breathing on that first stroke is hard as your body is crying out for oxygen. The improvement they made was AMAZING! They almost had me in tears. I was so proud of them!
We started our Distance Challenge right after practicing our flip-turns so they would be able to put what they had learned into practice. Lanes 1 & 2 swam 300 Yards Freestyle and Lanes 3 & 4 swam 500 Yards Freestyle without stopping. It was hard work to swim distance with their new and improved flip-turns and breakouts, but they persevered and all finished well.
Our next meet is on Wednesday 9/6 at 4:30 PM at Montverde Academy. We will be competing against MVA and Crooms. I can’t wait to see how well our swimmers do at this meet!
See you at the pool!