The Spring Fling happened in Spartanburg today; I sent my big boys off at 7 this morning, then puttered around all day waiting for news. (Thank heavens for new quilt projects and no other plans!)
Zane swam five events, hoping to qualify for State (happening two weekends from now) in one of them.
B texted after the first event (100 breast): 1:40:37. Not quite quick enough. Then twenty minutes later, the 200 IM. He got a 3:12 at the Tiger Invitational, needed a 3:10.6, but today it was a 3:16. Morning races done, no qualifying. Oh I'm glad I wasn't there. Without us around, B and Z could go get some yummy lunch and reset for the afternoon. I talked to Z right as the afternoon warm-up was beginning. "How are you?" I asked. If he were purely made from me, at this point his tears would have remembered and his afternoon would have been cloudy. Instead, he said "Great! We just got lunch from Jersey Mikes!" Well there you go! Good luck this afternoon!
100 IM was next. The text I got was "1:31. Didn't qualify, but won his heat!" So that was good news, but not awesome news. Then came the 50 fly. I knew it was good news when instead of just a text, I got a phone call. "He did it!" Brandon yelled. "He got a 37.7 too, shaved two seconds off, way faster than the cut, and he took first in his age group for the whole event!" Oh thank heavens. A great, great moment for father and son.
Finally, he swam the 50 breast. Below is a video. B said he didn't take any others because he wanted to cheer. This is a great angle too--you get to see Zane right up close and personal as he makes his turn. He didn't make state with his time (46 something) but he got second in this heat and we are so so proud of him.
Z got a duck each time he won his heat. Token system strikes again!
When Annie heard the good news, she had to make a welcome home banner. Try and look closely at the bottom left corner of the banner: cute swimmer with looooong arms. Love it.
We spent the evening praising our Zane to whoever would listen. Just now he said, "Not great morning + really great afternoon = good, good day overall." Phew!