Saturday, March 14, 2009

My Personal Best; Too!

I spent the last few days in Washington State at the Western Sectional Championship Meet at the Kings County Aquatic Center. My son Taylor qualified for sectionals in two events which allowed him to swim 4 events as well as swim time trials. All races count toward best times. I am extremely proud of his accomplishment to get to this event.

He is here with his coach Roger and team mate Jackie Cromer who has been accepted to Texas A&M and will be swimming for them in the fall. She has had a great meet as well. She has come back in a number of finals and we have had the chance to see Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists and many Olympic trial qualifiers swim at this meet. The competition has been awesome.

Taylor just turned 15 this year and I know he has a great future in swimming if he continues the dedication he has shown at this meet!

He had best times in his, 200 Back, 200 Free, 100 Back, and 100 Fly. The only event that he struggled with was the 1000 Free.

The 200 Back which was a bonus event turned into another sectional time. He swam a 2:01:02. He swam the 100 Back twice, once in the main event and once as a time trial. He had best times in both. He swam a 57:22 in the first swim and a 56:74 in the time trial. He swam the 100 Fly and he swam a best time of 57:98 and his 200 Free was a best time of 1:53:05.

Overall he had a great meet. I am so proud of my two swimmers, and the discipline and dedication it takes to achieve swimming success. Watching this level of competition is humbling for many of these kids. I keep telling Taylor with a 4 second drop in his 100 back (that’s 1 second per 25 yd length) and a 7 second drop in his 200 Back (that’s less than a second per 25 yd length) he would have made the finals. Many of the finalists are 17 and 18 years old. He just turned 15. That gives him sufficient time to get where he wants to be. I know he can if he wants it.

In the meantime I am so proud of where he is now and how he got here - no matter what he chooses to do in the future. This son of mine is AWESOME!
Congratulations on a great meet!


(aunt) tricia said...

WOW! Way to go Taylor!!!! Much to be proud of Rich :)

Thank you for the updates.

Anonymous said...

Great job, Taylor!!!!!
Wish we could be there to cheer you on, but know that we are with you in spirit. It must be exciting to be in the company of so many outstanding swimmers.
Love you!

Aunt Sheri said...

Excellent job Taylor!!!! Keep up the hard work/dedication and tell your dad thanks for the pictures/updates, we love to see you guys in "action"!!!