Well, as aforementioned, the 2009 Big Kahuna Open happened this weekend. We only showed up for Saturday, the day of Sierra’s two events. It was a long hot day and we couldn’t see and we were perched on the side of a hill and there were people everywhere but it was a good time and we had great fun bonding with the rest of the team and their families.
Sierra ran the 25 meter freestyle and the 25 meter backstroke. For the first, she was one of the few (even among older kids) to dive off the blocks, which were significantly higher than the ones at home. For the latter, she thrust off the wall with such velocity (see above), it was really delightful to see.
Most of all, she had fun, even despite the fact she had to do the backstroke twice. There was a long whistle and then a short whistle and then a horn to at last signal the start. This confused one of the girls who took off on the short whistle. I was confused, too, so I yelled “go” and off they went. All of the kids finished the whole event and after 5 more heats, ran again.
Sierra’s coach was very proud of her, as were we. Also, we had a lot of fun and look forward to future events, especially if it ends with a little ocean swim. We had a get together at Sunset Bay State Park where we actually managed to get in and not be cold.
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