For the past two years I felt like I had wasted money on swimming lessons for Kennedy. She would cry the ENTIRE time and not want to participate at all. This year I told myself I would not put her in again. My friends kept telling me to put her on swim team since it was an everyday practice…not just one week or two. The coaches get in the water and actually show them how to swim. I thought they were nuts. Kennedy would not jump in the pool without floaties at the beginning of the summer…how would she be able to join a swim team!?
When we first started going to the pool weekly, she would get a little more brave every time. Pretty soon she was a pro at going under the water and getting rings…all on her own. She had to do it when SHE was ready. I felt a little better about letting her start swim team when I saw her pushing herself rather than me pushing her to join something.
I told myself the goal would be Kennedy participating in practice…period. I did not expect her to swim in the meets, and I did not expect her to swim across the length of the pool. If she participated in practice, then I would get my money’s worth – and it would be leaps and bounds from the past two years in swimming lessons.
After one week of practice, she was swimming across the length of the pool! I could not believe the difference from where we started in May. I was so proud of my big girl…not to mention she was one of two four year olds on the team!
For the first two swim meets, she became a little freaked out. She lined up with the kids, but when it was her turn to swim she started to cry. She told me she did not like everyone watching – since when did this girl not want to perform for people!?
For the last swim meet, it was the same routine…tears when it was her turn to swim. Her dad and coaches tried giving her pep talks, but nothing seemed to be working.
When it was her turn, the buzzer sounded for the swimmers to jump in and she froze again. One of her coaches got into the water with her and they made her swim side by side with the coach. She cried the entire way, BUT she made it across. She never even put her head under the water. Did I ever tell ya’ll how stubborn by girl can be? Thanks to the coaches for having so much patience :)
She didn’t swim the meet like she does in practice, BUT I think that may have been the push she needed to realize that it’s just the same as practice. After all that drama, she had the nerve to smile big when she got out – because everyone was cheering and calling her name. What a diva!
Since she didn’t want to swim in the meets this year, I had to bring my camera to practice to get her in action. She does so well at practice…I don’t know why she didn’t want to show off her mad skills at the meets! Next year…no tears!
Way to go Gators on an awesome season!