The big day has arrived! It was Oscar's first ever swim meet and the first swim meet of the season. If he was nervous, he didn't show it, and he did great.
While Oscar's goal was to finish the races and not get DQed, Irene was working to beat her old records in the 3 races she participated in today: 50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, and 100 IM. She destroyed them all with a time of 54.21 in the breast stroke, which is less than 1 second off of getting a "B time" (there are a series of milestones for swimmers to meet ranging from B, BB, A - AAAA. They are goals for them to reach and often there are special meets only for swimmers who have achieved at least a B or BB time. Irene is shooting for the times set for girls age 10 and under, so if, at age 8, she manages a B, who knows how far up list she'll get!) Oscar's freestyle time also puts him within striking distance this season, I believe. Anyway, she cut off over 30 seconds on her 100 freestyle for a time of 1.37.12, and shaved off 7 seconds for her 100 IM with a time of 1.50.94. In all, she's very satisfied with her times (as are we, of course!)
We also tested out a new method of communication this meet - the walkie talkie. Sometimes it's really hard to talk since they are down by the pool and parents aren't allowed down there. Johan didn't feel ready enough to participate in today's meet, but he'll be doing his first 2 weeks from now. With all 3 of them down there, I think the walkie talkies will be a big help!
Below is Oscar doing his 50 free. I know it's blurry, but he's 4 lanes from the top.