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Isabella Shows Dad How It’s Done…


November 2012

My daughter, Isabella, can swim.  Not just a little bit, this kid’s got my “fish” gene plus some…  She can swim.

She was doing 25 meter repeats last night for swim class, just your typical freestyle and here are the few things I noticed:

She’s the fastest in her class.  The other kids are a grade older than she is, she’s the youngest.  Her form is amazing – it’s better than mine (I’m not playing liberal with the facts, she slices through the water).

In fourth grade, she’s beating 5th grade boys who are taking the class to get ready for the middle school (6th grade) swim team, and she’s not beating them by a little bit…  She’s beating them by a quarter length of the pool.  We’re obviously going to start looking at the middle school swim team when that opportunity arises next year and I’ll be helping her to stay with swimming.  She wasn’t too enthused about the swim team until I mentioned that she’d get her name up on the score board – now she’s all in.

She’s nine.

Congratulations to my baby, she’s not a baby anymore.  Now if I can just push her into triathlons…


  1. IowaTriBob says:

    Swimming is such a great sport and something she’ll be able to do for years and years to come. I have an 11 year old that’s such a better swimmer than I am so I can completely relate to the better form comment. It won’t be long before she’ll have to slow down to let Dad catch up in those triathlons to come.

  2. says:

    Great to hear she is rocking in the swimming class. Give her my love.

  3. meganjanicke says:

    Yes! Get her in triathlon! And is she willing to give lessons? 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    Hopefully she’s young enough that anything that Dad suggests isn’t immediately dismissed! I look forward to the first time you have to write, “well, it happened, my daughter had a better time in today’s tri–and I couldn’t be more proud!”

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’m just happy that she’s got a sport that she’s naturally talented in. I’ll love the day she smokes me in the swim leg… But I’ll give her trouble on the bike leg. Running? That’ll be a toss-up… She goes out too fast so it’ll be a tortoise and the hare situation. 😉

  5. neonspndx says:

    I vote… stick with swimming and head for the olympics… Sounds like she has real talent!!!

  6. isabella says:

    i love you daddy, hi laura

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