February 11, 2019
LMR Championships Meet write up
On February 9-10 28 of our Knights congregated at Watermania in Richmond to compete in our regional Winter Championship. In the mornings it was the 11 and under girls along with the 12 and under boys and in the afternoon it was the 12 and over girls along with the 13 and over boys competing. For several of our competitors it was their third meet in 4 weekends! The first two meets’ results being as great as they were, it made it quite a challenge to surpass one’s own previous accomplishments.
Many lessons were learned during the course of the meet. For some the main lesson was in deepening their understanding of the relationship between the “it hurts too much” threshold and the amount of caring (how much it matters to one to swim fast). For others the lesson was in realizing that their bedtime dreams of success and fame must start at one point or another to materialize themselves in leading races from start to finish as oppose to racing comfortably behind one’s opponent until the very end.
Many had races where the importance of learning to spread one’s efforts wisely became very obvious and I’m certain we will start seeing more swimmers paying attention to the clock in practice.
It was the last opportunity for the swimmers to qualify for the Winter Age Group Championship formerly known as Tier 1. This is the first level of Provincial meets. Eric qualified in the 200 IM and as he was already qualified in another event he will now be competing in two weeks at the Championship in Vancouver! Congratulations!
Also, 4 of our female Knights who also were fighting to qualify for the Provincial Championship learned a very valuable lesson.
It isn’t over until it’s over.
Although they missed qualifying in the 200 IM on Saturday morning, which meant they wouldn’t be able to compete at the Championship no matter how many other races they would qualify in, they kept fighting in each of their races to qualify in at least 1 event. As fate would have it they did not meet the qualifying time in any of their races. However after their last race, before the relay on Sunday, they were made aware of a special rule of the Championship which allows a team to have two “relay only” swimmer race in the relays at the Championship. Ella, Yu Tian, Nandika and Judy were selected by the coaches to be these swimmers. Their determination in practice and at the meets as well as their attendance and punctuality and their capacity to operate outside of their comfort zone were all considered before selecting them.