This year has been awesome in the fact that I haven't been in charge. Of anything! It's been so nice not to have to stress out about who is in charge of decorating lockers and putting up posters at the Middle and High School and which parents are going to bring treats and which are going to be timers. I was the Head Timer at the home meets but I didn't have to get the timers for them and we only had 3 meets instead of 6. It was really nice.
Sophie and Shayne are totally different when it comes to swimming too. Shayne, at Sophie's age, had already been swimming competitively for 4 years and was breaking all the records. She was EXTREMELY competitive and Sophie is there for the social aspect. I love it! There is no anxiety for me. It is just a laid back, try to beat my own time, kind of swim. With Shayne there were always tears. They usually came from me but they were always there. The seriousness of it all. She had her routine and she never veered from it. You didn't interrupt her before a race. She got in her zone and you never talked to her. You could see the focus and determination in her eyes. She was there for 1 purpose. To win. Many times it wasn't about beating her own time. Just about beating the girls in the pool with her. In fact we had to start paying her $5 for every time she beat her best time to get her more focused on moving forward by herself because the competition in Southern Utah wasn't strong enough to move her forward. Getting 1st place wasn't getting her anywhere. It took awhile for her to see that. But after she learned that lesson I lost $35 in the next meet. It was worth it.
|Sophie getting ready to dive in for her relay.|
|Shayne's traditional kissing of the caps that backfired on her at State when one of them tried to steal a real kiss.|
|SHAYNE COACHING EVERYONE FROM THE SIDELINES|