After taking the summer off from the swim team due to an overloaded summer schedule, and then getting a rocky start back to swim practice at the beginning of the school year, Alex Rider finally made it to his first swim meet of the season! Today he swam 4 events:
- 50 Freestyle
- 100 Breaststroke
- 200 Breaststroke
- 200 Freestyle
I was concerned that he would not do as well as his last swim meet (back in May) because he hasn’t been to practice as much as he should and I thought that he hadn’t built back up to his pre-summer level yet. But he proved me wrong!
Alex Rider made Personal Best times in ALL 4 Events! On top of that, he achieved Nevada State Finals Qualification times in 3 out of 4 events! The only one he didn’t make a state time for was the 200 Freestyle. But this was the first time he had swam that event since this time last year at his very first swim meet! Even so, he cut over 30 seconds off his time! (30.86 seconds, to be exact.)
All in all, he had a great day and a great start to this year of swimming! He really wants to try to get a Junior Olympics qualification time in at least his 100 Breaststroke and maybe even his 50 Freestyle, but he needs to be more consistent getting to swim practice each week to make that goal. It looks like he only needs to shave off 6.62 seconds on the 100 Breaststroke and 0.65 seconds on the 50 Freestyle, so it’s definitely within reach!
Here are today’s times, for those who are interested: