Today she swam 4 races. I'm not able to compare her times from today to her old times to know if she did a personal best or not. I learned from Andi's dad (past amazing swimmer) that there are 25 yard pools (which is what Alissa practices in at home), 25 meter pools, and 50 meter pools. You have to convert a 25 yard short course time to a 50 meter long course time. In a 25 yard pool you are doing extra flip turns and pushing off the wall more often than in a 50 m pool, which, of course, produces different results. I think its hard for kids that practice in short pools to adjust to swimming the long course pools. There isn't the wall there to break up the race into shorter segments. Her coaches said that they didn't do the conversions in the heat sheet correctly so we don't really know if she swam amazingly or more her usual times. But, the whole thing is exciting either way. I'm so proud of her!
I include this picture to show how cool an outdoor pool is, how far the 50 meters look, to show the hills in the background, and so that you can get your magnifying glass out to notice that it is Alissa on the block at the end of this lane.
Signing off from the Apple Capital Invitational Swim Meet in Wenatchee, Washington.