My daughter competed in the final District Meet a week or so ago. She struggled on her diving a little bit after over-rotating on an inward tuck and smacking her calf and both heels on the board in warm-ups.
She still swam and did every one of her dives. While her travel team got her a place on the team as one of the better swimmers, being on the middle school team has cultivated an unexpected team spirit that my daughter needed. The travel team is all about dropping time and making Junior Olympic cuts… Being on the middle school team is about helping her team so feels an ownership to do the best she can, even when it’s difficult, to help her team.
My daughter’s team won Districts by more than 100 points. It was an absolute drubbing (it’s a long story, JO’s were the weekend prior and disqualified several swimmers from competing in the final meet – competing in too many US swimming events means a one year ban from competing in school the entire next season). So many kids swam the JO’s on one team they didn’t even bother showing up.
Anyway, the next day, during announcements, her name was called as the second leading point scorer for her school team over the PA.
She swam with a scraped and bloodied calf and two bruised heels. You can bet your butt I was proud of my baby. I love it when she shows some tough.