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Old 08-14-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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High School Swim Mom

A whole new era starts tomorrow. First high School Swim Team practice, followed by a shitload of meetings and paying for gear type things. Stuff like this doesn't happen in the UK, so it's all new to me. School doesn't start for another three weeks, but they will have had three meets by then! CRAZY. Plus, my kid is actually pretty good, so that kinda adds extra something because she will probably be noted by the local news and may go straight to Varsity even though she's a freshman..... scary but cool....

I intend to use this thread as a blog about being a high school swim mom over the next 4 years, so tune out now if you are bored already......
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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She was put into the Varsity practice group... but practice was lame... and we're $100s poorer. $250 for suit, caps, warm-ups and bag, and $40 for the front snorkel....
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:30 AM   #3
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Front snorkel?


Funny, if I don't know what it is, pretty much everything sounds dirty.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:55 AM   #4
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Never used one of those. Of course, I never trained within a team. I always considered swimming as fun. And I usually never worked on speed, more on endurance. My longest distance being 50 km in one session of 12 hours.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:00 AM   #5
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That's a lot of Kms and a lot of hours
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #6
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24 years later, I'm still able to do 7 km in about 2 hours.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:57 PM   #7
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I love long distance swimming too. Once, in a previous century, I swam from Log Boom Park in Kenmore to Gene Coulon Park in Renton. It took all day and I had a boat (not a chase boat, they actually were off to the side to keep from poisoning me with their exhaust). It was a fundraiser and I made a bunch of money for the cause. Google maps pegs the distance at about 17 and a half miles, by road of course, but that's probably close, call it 15 miles as the fish swims.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:20 AM   #8
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #9
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First week of practice done. Whew. This is a whole new level for sure, with lots of equipment and instructions i don't even understand and I've been poolside for many years now. Who knew there were a bajillion parts to each stroke and someone had taken the time to name them all? The coach is all miked up even though there are only 30 girls swimming at the moment (the rest are at orchestra camp)

20 hours of practice a week, the swim taxi drove over 300 miles and the pool is only 10 miles away. Swimmer Girl coaches between practices (and from next week will do an hour of synchro too). here I was thinking I'd get loads of cleaning and sorting done between pool runs and be ready for a yard sale today. Wrong.

The coach has tweaked her breaststroke kick and changed her freestyle completely and says that she is very coachable. She says she feels faster but she has yet to really test them at a meet She did get put in the Varsity practice group. First meet is next Thursday, we're hearing coach makes all the freshmen swim the 500. She has never raced a 500 -the 200 is like pulling teeth.

She just got together with her summer team buddies who are going to the other schools and they are practising nearly twice as much as the other teams. It's their first year with seniors and first year in Division 1, so I guess they have something to prove. The coach's husband is there coaching most days. He's a former U of M swim coach. I think they mean business

The coach is definitely a one for having favorites, I wouldn't like to get on her bad side, but right now it looks like Swimmer Girl is going to be a favorite, so it's good for now. And I think the early sport involvement is helping ease her into the new school. She's still apprehensive about getting lost etc, but she knows kids in every grade and at least knows her way around the pool and gyms.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:28 PM   #12
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Been savin this for just the right occasion...

Here's to swimmer girl!
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #15
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Watching an army drama... swim team practice isn't a whole load different from army training!
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