This past weekend, Alex Rider had his first swim meet since October – and a very successful swim meet it was! Going into the swim meet, Alex Rider had already achieved a Junior Olympic Qualification time for his 50 Freestyle (short course, yards.) This meet, he added the 100 Breaststroke to his JO Qualifications! And every other event he swam, he achieved personal best times!
This meet had an odd schedule. Friday evening, when they usually only have a few long events, like the 1000 Freestyle and the 400 IM (Individual Medley), this time they included the 50 Freestyle (which many swimmers swim every meet!) So we drove down to Carson City (nearly an hour drive) so that Alex Rider could swim the 50 Freestyle! It was worth it, though, because he took 1.10 seconds off his previous (JO Qualification) time.
The next odd part of the schedule was that Saturday (but not Sunday) was a prelims/finals day. So in the morning, he swam his chosen events (200 IM, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Freestyle) as prelims, then swam in a 400 Freestyle Relay, had a 2 hour break, and then swam Finals! For the 15-and-over age group, they had the top 8 swimmers for an event swim a Final and the 2nd 8 swimmers (ranked 9-16 in the morning prelims) swim a Consolation Final. Alex Rider swam 2 Consolation Finals (200 IM and 200 Free) and a Final for the 100 Breaststroke. All-in-all, he swam a total of 7 events on Saturday alone, made it back home by about 9 PM, turned around and went back to Carson City again the next morning. Sunday they didn’t do prelims/finals, so he only had to swim his 3 events (100 Free, 200 Breast, 500 Free) and a relay (400 Medley Relay.)
Some swim meets, they group the swimmers as 15-16 years old and 17-18 years old for purposes of place and ribbons, and other meets are setup so that all swimmers 15-and-over are grouped together. This meet was the latter, so effectively, Alex Rider was ranked against not only his age group, but the 17-18-year-old boys (men!) Alex Rider placed 5th in the 100 Breast, 7th in the 50 Free, 200 Breast, and 500 Free, and he was on the 1st place Medley Relay team. Here are his best times from this weekend, for those who might want to compare: