Saturday, October 30, 2004

Swim Meet!!

Well, it wasn't very much like I thought it would be. First I didn't have any events on Friday night, I had to be there for warm-ups at 5:00pm so it was okay. Today my mom was working in hospitality, so we had to be at the Nat at 6:15. Warm-ups were fine, you know its kinda funny we swim more in warm-ups then we'll swim in the whole meet! Anyway my first event was the 200 free, I was in the very first heat after warm-ups which I guess was a good thing. I wasn't very excited, and I almost cried before I started. I was worried that I would be swimming the last lap all by myself, but I got 2nd in my heat and got a 2:34:04, which isn't bad, but I swim that fast when I don't dive in, and by the way my dive was fine.
My second event was the 50 Free. I was more excited this time, because I now knew I wasn't as bad as I thought. I got first in my heat!!!! My time was 30:13, and I got 24th overall in the whole meet! I'm happy. I know that doesn't sound all so very good, but there are kids there who swim their 50 free in like 24 seconds, so I placed reasonably well.
My third event the 200 breast was okay. My breakstroke has some problems, my head goes up and down too much,( if you ask me I can show you what I do wrong. ) Anyway I got 4th in my heat, and everybody told me that was good because it was the first time I had ever swam it. Therese (my coach) said I looked good, little too much head motion, and my first hundered was fast then my second, and its supposed to be the other way around. So I'm fine with that - I have stuff to work on.
And my last 4 events are scheduled for tomorrow morning, and I'm just going to scratch. If they were in the afternoon I could still go, but I'd totally miss morning service, and I don't want to put swimming first in my life. It's a hard decision, but my parents agree.
Now, I'm sure to all you people who don't swim that sounds very boring, but I really don't have anything else to post about. I should re-tital my blog: How I swim or Swim News, etc.!!!
I'm going to the hayride at the Koss's tonight. I don't know how long I want to stay. I'm really tired. I might come for dinner and then go home!
That's it!!

Monday, October 25, 2004

I'm so busy!!

This past week end I went to Southfield Michigan with my Fall Ministry Team. I had so much fun. Our team was led by David and June Whitla. We had 7 guys,
Luke Long
Jay Neel
Kevin Fulk
Jason Sprou
Joel Edwards
Daniel Sturm
and Andrew Doerr, and 5 girls,
Charity Blackwood
Ellen Edwards
Laurie Filson
Alissa Magnuson
and Me!!! :)...
all of who drove up in the Long's big 15 passenger van. That was intresting, we only had fifteen seats and there was all of us, and then we all had sleeping bags and pillows plus all our junk. All the girls stayed at the Porter's house, and the guys split up and stayed at two other people's houses.
We worked at a older lady named Esther's House fixing it up so she could have an old peoples home in her house. I worked with Kaie Porter building these steps out of brick. And I'm not going to go over all the rest of the stuff we did because it might start being boring.
I think for our trip being in the car for 5+ hours helped us get to know each other better before we got there. I had so much fun with Charity and Ellen when we dyed our eyebrows blue in the car on the way home! :)
I think one highlight of the trip was when Scott Porter got out his guitar on Saturday night and played for us. You should all visit his blog at: .Charity and I both think he should make a CD!

This Friday and Saturday I have a big Rivi swim meet, and I'm not all that excited. I got the e-mail saying what I was swimming today,:
200 Free
50 Free
200 Breast
100 Free
200 IM
100 Breast
100 Fly
I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, I can't dive off a block. I'm not worried about the swimming part of this meet, but I'm worried about me making a fool of myself when I dive off. You can pray that I can find sometime to work on dives before Friday.

And that's all I have to say, two busy weekends in a row, pretty much summed up in this post. The End.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Friday starts Fall Ministry. I'm really excited! Yesterday I got an e-mail from James sayng that if you wanted to go to Southfield Michigan you needed to e-mail him and then be at the church at 4 pm instead of 7pm on Friday. I e-mail him and then called him, and so as far as I know I'm going to Michigan. And I really wanted to go ever since I knew they were sending a trip there. I have no idea who else is going to Michigan, so if you are reading this and you are going to Michigan please, please comment!! :) The only down side to going to Michigan is that you have to leave earlyer and you don't get to be there when "everyone" is there on Friday night. :(

Okay, next subject. Next week end is my first Rivi swim meet. My coach told me that I either have to swim the 500 free or the 400 IM. I think I'm going for the 500 free, because at this point I don't know if I could complete a 400 IM, at least at a meet! My coach also told me that she will work with me on dives because all my swim meets before this have been ones where you start in the water. It will be exciting! :)

So I guess that's all I have to say for right now, our computer is kinda messed up right now, so it won't let me read anybody else's blogs, so if you feel like I don't comment on your blog and you comment on mine, I'm sorry! :

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

What happened yesterday!!!

Yesterday was almost the best evening of my life! I went downtown to sing at Conceco. I've been down there every night since Thurday, (except Sunday) singing the national anthums for the National Swimming chamipionships! So it was the last night of the swimming, and the USA swimmers were throwing shirts to people so my eveing started out by me catching one! The swimming was really cool, there were several world records set, and then it was bascially over. We were supposed to get dismissed at 10:05 pm, but the closing cermiony's were going on and everybody wanted to stay and watch the sincro swimmers.
Then I saw Jen, non of the people that read my blog know her, but she is Andrew's swim coach, and she and I are really good friends. Anyway she had been working down there, and was like, right there with the swimmers, like Jenny Thompson asked to borrow her comb. So I saw her coming towards me with Brendon Hansen. Now for those of you out there who really don't follow swimming you will have no idea who he was, ( don't feel bad, my mom didn't even know.) She started calling my name and I stood up and was like "Jen" she told me to come down, and this is the best part, Brenden gave me his flowers!!!!! Now if you don't know what that means I'll explain. When an athletic wins a metal, they recieve their metal, ( gold, silver or bronze ) and flowers. Sometimes, ( like at the olympics ) the flowers are in the shape of a crown, but here at the swimming championships it's just a boquet. You have no idea how excited and happy I was to recieve his flowers. The worst part is that our choir was leaving right after I got them, and I had to go so I didn't get to get his autograph.
After we got out in the hall, everybody in my choir wanted to know why I got a shirt and a boquet, and they wanted to know how I knew Jen, etc., but I was too excited to talk!
Walking out I saw some of my friends from Rivi and they said they would trade their autographs for the boquet, but I'm going to save it until I get my own!
Got to go!!! :)
ps. If I spelled stuff wrong I'm sooooooo sorry I'm in a hudge hurry!