Swim Meet- Championships!

>> Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Here we are again for another swim meet! Last night was the Championships! The final meet of the season. It was another hot, humid, sweaty night! LOL! 

The whole family came out to cheer Alayna on! :) 


50 Backstroke.....








50 Breaststroke....


  






50 Butterfly....









 Alayna did pretty well but not as good as she was hoping. Backstroke was the only event she had a chance at medaling in. To medal you must be in the fastest heat and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Most events had 2 heats going into the Championships. Backstroke was the only event she qualified for the fastest heat. And unfortunately, she didn't place high enough. Last week she was in 4th place and we were crossing our fingers she could pull up her time to squeak into 3rd. But sometimes athletes just have an "off" night. 

6th place- Backstroke
2nd place- Breaststroke
6th place- Butterfly

But winning isn't always everything. More is learned from our "failures" than our "successes". It teaches us to dig deeper into ourselves to try harder, examine ourselves and how we can improve in different areas of our lives. It teaches us humility and meekness. In sports, it teaches good sportsmanship and the art of accepting not everyone is a winner. Especially in this "everyone gets a trophy for trying" world we now live in. It's such a disservice to our children. It's a rude awakening when they grow up and find how tough it is out there. Our failures teach us to try again and not give up. They teach us to problem solve and think! They teach us to reflect and grow and change. 

Of course winning is more fun and it feels much better to win! I'm not taking anything away from that. :P But life is full of ups and downs. Since it's a roller coaster, it's better to learn how to hang on through all the twists, falls, and drops so that when you reach the top the view is that much sweeter! <3 


Great season Alayna! We are proud of all your hard work and dedication this summer! 


In the 11+ age group they don't list the kids the same as the younger kids. They just lump them all together even though they still compete in 2 yr. age brackets. Alayna competed in the 11-12 yr. old age division. She's 11 and on the younger side of age bracket. 

I was only able to see how many girls she competed against by looking at the Prelims Program which isn't an accurate number of all the girls that did swim team this summer but it gives us a number nonetheless. :P There was a total 36 girls this season. She is a strong swimmer! These were her standings for each event. :) 




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Volleyball Playoffs & Championships!!

>> Saturday, July 14, 2018

 Today was the BIG day...Playoffs and Championships!!!

Alayna has been nervous and excited all week. I can say I've also been on pins and needles! They have been undefeated all season. I was so nervous for them! 






The BEST big brothers a girl could have! Cheering their little sister on! <3 




First game...Ice WINS!!!




It was a nail biter! My nerves were frayed and I was sweating bullets! LOL! But Team Ice came to play! They moved on to the Championships! WooHoo!!


I think I was too stressed to take pictures of the last game cuz this is the only pic I have... Walker stretching (we were there 2 hrs) and Eli making fun of me imitating my happy dance. LOL!!!



They played a 3rd match but Jared must of called it a win and didn't keep score. LOL! 

Team Ice won the Championships!!!!!!!!!!



Team Ice brought the season to a close UNDEFEATED!! 🎉🎉 WooHoo! 🥇🏆



All of these kids are in our Ward! Catalina has some talent! <3  Proud of these guys! 😊


And especially proud of this player!!! Congratulations Alayna!!!


A shoulder ride to the car was of course in order! LOL! 

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Swim Meet- Prelims

>> Thursday, July 12, 2018


Today was Prelims. It's the longest & hottest meet of the year. 


Two hot and sweaty parents trying to support their little girl and trying not to die from heat stroke! Lol!  

Alayna competed in 3 races. She was in the fastest heats in all three. Only the top 16 swimmers move on to the Championships. 

First up, Backstroke...



















Passing the time between races. :) 


The boys look thrilled..Haha!


2nd race, Breaststroke...















  


3rd race, Butterfly.... 













She had a pretty good night. Not her "best" but she did enough! :) 




We think her seed time for backstroke is incorrect. This must have been the race her coach didn't pay attention and clock her time. That's a dramatic improvement in time! LOL! :) 




Not sure what happened with her breaststroke today? She still did pretty well though. 





Since she already qualified for the fastest heats going into the Prelims and she placed 4th, 6th, & 11th,  she qualifies for the Championships next week! 

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