Maria had her first competitive swim meet tonight. It was an in house meet and she did great. She raced in three events 50 fly, 50 free and 50 backstroke. Her first event was the fly and her nerves got the better of her but she stuck out the event and finished last. The next two events saw her gain her confidence and she finished 3rd in both events.
She just just started training about 3 weeks ago so this was a great first step. It was fun for us all to be there along the side of the pool cheering her on. This was a fun day for her once she got over her initial nerves. It was rewarding to see her hard work and practice pay off.
She looks forward to competing in more meets and beginning to race against other squads as she grows as a swimmer. As her mom I am glad she finally found a sport or activity that she really enjoys and excels at.
I have to say a thank you to Michael Phelps for getting her interested in swimming and motivated to try competitive swimming herself. After watching the summer Olympics and all of his races she really became interested in swimming and has started her journey gradually but at a good pace for her. Here is to many more years hopefully of such a healthy sport.
I am proud of you and your hard work Maria.