Following our two days on the Apache Trail, Leslie, along with about 50 SaddleBrooke Swim Team members participated in the Ron Johnson Invitational. The competition was held at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center at Arizona State University (1st picture). And just in case you were thinking that this was only for a bunch of senior citizens —
There were 6 world records broken (based on age group) at the meet. Two of them were by current Olympic champion Cesar Cielo and two by Swimming World’s Jeff Commings. Cielo was using the meet as prep for next month’s short course world championships. Darian Thompson, a former Olympic champion broke a record in the 100 free and Brent Creager broke a record in the 200 butterfly. So, we did get to see some great swimming.
Now for the real story. Leslie showed what happens when your goggles are not on right. They came off and fell under her nose in her first event. She was brave though and swam the whole race that way. After that it got better, as she kept all of her equipment in the proper place during races. She even got to try her recently improved strokes (she took some lessons) during a few events. No records here, but she did swim 14 events and scored points for the team (which won the meet) which was her goal.