Thursday, April 16, 2009

Walk on

Swam with Eric, next to Tom and Jordan, Kirk, James, and Jeff. Alex coached.

300 swim, 200 kick, 300 pull
8 x 100 left arm, right arm, catch up, and six beat kick by 25 @ 1:45
3 x 300 IM @ 4:30, averaged 4:12
4 x 150 IM (no free) @ 2:15, averaged 2:05
100 easy

Today my daughter received an email back from the coach at A&M telling her that her 100 breast time (1:09.88) wouldn't be fast enough to walk on to the team in the fall. This despite the fact that she dropped 13 seconds since joining Longhorn Aquatics just 18 months ago. Interestingly, although she had informed him that she was planning to train long course this summer with TXLA, he did not suggest a time that would place her on the team. Apparently at that level the coaches are not interested in developing a swimmer, which really should come as no surprise given the number of scholarships awarded (by state universities, no less) to foreign athletes of proven ability. Character, the kind reflected in hard work, commitment, and perseverance, does matter and in the end will serve her well regardless of what happens in the fall. I am reminded of a line from New York City Serenade, one of my favorite Springsteen songs: "So long, sometimes you just gotta walk on, walk on."

1 comment:

  1. Almost two weeks later... and he still hasn't sent me a goal time.