Heath and Kirkham did a great job this year considering the practice schedule was erratic and the coach is laid back. The team is a mixed boys and girls team. Only 5 of the swimmers are boys so the practices are really geared more for the girls. Anyways, they did well. It was Kirkham's freshman year so his season was over a few weeks ago after he competed in the JV Championships. He was happy with his end times but I can't remember what they are. I'll ask him when he gets home today.
Friday was prelims for the championships. Heath had tapered really well and had prepped himself for a good race. He needed to be in the top 12 to advance to the championships the next night. He was set to swim in the 200IM and the 100 Breaststroke. He was seeded 8th in both events and he dropped 4 seconds in EACH event! Wow! That was a great drop. He was very happy with his times and was psyched for Saturday nights big event.
As we drove in to town on Saturday, just Dave, Heath and I, we talked about his events and his goals for today's meet. He wanted to drop more time but didn't know if he could. The day before I had promised him Costco muffins if he dropped time and I had followed through and brought him Costco muffins at the end of his meet. As we drove along I challenged him to drop 4 more seconds and I'd reward him with another treat.
"Four more seconds!" he exclaimed. "Do you know how hard it was to drop the first four seconds?" He was incredulous. I said yes, grinned and insisted "No drop, no treat."
He totally shocked us when in his first event, the 200IM, he dropped 3 seconds. I was floored. I hadn't really expected he would be able to drop more time. I was very proud of his super effort. His end time was 2:16. That was an all new personal best. We were even more surprised when he was able to pull off another second off his 100 Breaststroke for an ending time of 1:10.8. I said four seconds and he took off four seconds :-)
After the meet we stopped by Sports Authority (Heath wanted to buy himself some new shoes) and then we got his treat. We told him we would take him anywhere he wanted for dinner. He said KFC. Dave reminded him, "We'll take you anywhere. Outback, Applebees, Kahuku Grill, Lui Buenos. Are you sure you want fast food?" Yep, he wanted fast food. As we pulled into the parking lot we spotted a Jamba Juice. He timidly asked if he could get a Jamba Juice too. Of course we gladly obliged.