Monday, August 1, 2011

The Final Results!

Quick update! I am stamping like mad for our release TOMORROW, but here are a few pics and and info about the swim meet! Jonathan finished fourth place in both his events at the Summer Games of Texas in Waco this past weekend, with personal best times in each! My boy!! Only first, second and third place go to nationals, so unless someone drops out, he won't be heading for nationals this year. He looks pretty okay with that though posing with his ribbons, doesn't he? :)
Here he is getting ready for his 50 yard, freestyle, his first event. Love the laser-like focus he seems to have here! He managed to take 2.34 seconds off his time from the city meet, coming in at 36.79.
Here is the finish of his 25 yard freestyle. Oooh, it was soooooo close, I cheered myself silly! It really looked like all the three of the top finishers in his heat came in at once, Jonathan finished at 16.89, (his previous best time was 17.07). I thought he came in third looking at the results from that heat on the scoreboard, which was the final heat of that event and had all the fastest swimmers, but it turned out one boy from the previous heat came in even faster than any of these kids and took first. Jonathan ended up just .08 second from coming in third to qualify (and only .23 from 1st).
We couldn't have been any happier with how he did, I am still just amazed at how strong a swimmer he is and how much he improved his times from meet to meet all summer long. I only would have been disappointed if his goggles came off or he fell off at the start, you know, something like that* which would have really hurt his time and been something he would have regretted happening and that kept him from performing as well as he wanted, that's all I was hoping and praying for, for him to have fun and do well, feel his hard work had paid off! Not qualifying for nationals at this point I think is really a blessing, he has a goal to work towards now and I just don't think he is old enough or ready for that pressure, he has been pretty stressed with the meet coming up these past couple weeks never having done anything like this before.
Here is the crew at the meet, we're all wearing our team T-shirts (except for Jonathan in the middle holding his ribbons, my stepdad gave him a Mavericks Championship shirt that morning so he was eager to try it out!) From left to right: Me, Jonathan, William, (ready to eat!) back row stepfather, my brother (who took off work to come to the meet!) and my husband. By the way, all three of them are named Paul, can you believe??) My mom is taking the photo, "Grammy" was there too!

So anyway, thank you again for praying! We had a great weekend! Although Jonathan seemed to be a little relieved he didn't qualify after it was over, now that he's had time to reflect he's really hoping he might get to be an alternate at nationals next summer (which may be just because we heard it's going to be in Hershey , PA, chocolate factory here we come??!), we'll see, Lord willing, it will work out! I'm just looking forward to him hopefully making it to state again next year, it's going to be in Corpus Christi, can you believe I've lived in Texas my whole life and never been there?)

Thanks for reading and letting me share! See you back here tomorrow morning at 8 AM CST for a card using my new set and an official invite to our party tomorrow night, starts at 7PM CST, hope you can make it!!

*Okay, one thing did threaten to ruin the meet: remember the tattoo I mentioned him wanting me to draw? Well, it looked awesome, a goggle-wearing salamander just like on the shirt and SALAMANDER in bubble letters going all the way up to his knee in different colored Sharpies, (it is the first time he'd ever had anything written /drawn on him for any of his meets, and when we arrived for warmups one of the coaches got mad and said any writing on a swimmer's body was not permitted at the meet and grounds for disqualification, yikes, I had no idea, swimmers had been doing it all season at the neighborhood meets!!! It really rattled him, we got it off with baby oil, but it took several minutes of scrubbing! I am so glad he was able to shake off the worry about that and still swim fast! It all worked out! :)

21 comments:

Joan V said...

Way to go, Jonathan. Love reading about your adventure in this swim meet. Keep up the good work and I hope to see the next swim meet pictures, too. Display those ribbons proudly. You really deserve them !!!!!

Joan V said...

Melanie, thanks for sharing your sons accomplishment.

Misti said...

WOO HOO!!! Great job, Jonathan!! We may be in Hershey next year for archery. Both of my boys qualified for the Sooner State Games. If you feel like you are being stalked, don't worry, it will just be me trying to find you!!! *grin*

Jan Castle said...

Good show Jonathan! It's all about doing your best, and everyone is so proud of you!!! Enjoy your ribbons!
Jan

Cheri said...

Yay, Jonathan! So proud that you accomplished such an outstanding award in your swim meet. You must be quite a good swimmer in order to earn such an honor. Congratulations! WTG!!!

Mom and family, congratulations to you too. These years go so quickly.

joy said...

Oh, I bet that was a screamer of a meet!! My daughter swam in high school and I remember how much fun it was. Congratulations to him on his wins and beating his own records!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Great pictures! Congratulations to Jonathan for a job well done!

Michelle said...

Congratulations, Jonathan! That's an awesome job of working towards a goal and beating it. Personal best times! Well done.

Tina Gilliland said...

Way to go Jonathan!!! You rock!!! Keep swimming strong.. you'll sure to go even further and FASTER next time!!! *HUGS*

Sandy said...

Way to go Jonathan!!! Had to laugh with about the Paul's. My hubby, my girlfriend's, her daughter and another friend's are all Mike! It's hilarious when we are all together:)

catdidit said...

woohoo!! How awesome Jonathan!! You should be VERY proud! and Mom too! and Dad, and Grammy, Uncle, and DH! LOL! William looks VERY hungry in that one photo, LOL!

Mary said...

Congratulations to Jonathan on his accomplishments!

Darla said...

Congratulations to Jonathan!!!! Those are awesome times!!!

Nancy said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad that the temp tattoo came off and that your son was able to swim his best! Can't wait to see the new release tomorrow! :)

Anonymous said...

Very happy for your son! :) He's been working hard and deserves these awards.

Shala

jean w. said...

Awesome Jonathan! Congratulations!

Pat Jandacek said...

What a great (and good-looking) team of supporters Jonathan has and beating his own time is fabulous. TFS

lisa808 said...

Congrats Jonathan.

Anita said...

Congrats! Glad the baby oil saved the day! What an awesome photo of everyone!

Payne Holler Cards said...

WAY TO GO! super congrats there kid-oh!!!

Betty Neville said...

Congratulations Jonathan! You did a great job and should be very proud!