Yesterday afternoon we had our first team meet of this season. And to be honest i was nervously excited. How would the newbies on the team do, how would the rest perform, where will the team stand?
For some years we as a team Neptunia ’24 are competing in the D1 league, before that we competed in the C league (4th league of the national Dutch competition). That’s the level we want to return to, but realistically that’s gonna be a very very long shot. As a team we’re small (only 2 or 3 swimmers per age group) especially compared to the teams we compete against. So just as long as the swimmers improve their times and have fun i’m a happy camper and if we maintain our spot in the d1 league we’re doing good.
And we took a big step towards the maintaining. The meet went well. It went very well. Just about everyone swam a personal best, there was only 1 (1!) disqualification and the relays swam exceptionally well. The girls relay (11- 13 years) was even F***ing great!
I was very happy with all the great results, surely you understand. But what made me even happier was that we were a proper team. From getting the pool ready for the meet to putting away the (backstroke) flags and lane lines. Helping each other, motivating each other and definitely cheering for everyone. With the meet continuing i felt the atmosphere getting better and better, with the grand finally during the last relays. Where the other teams had hardly to none supporters on deck, i did have swimmers next to me. And not just a few, no my Whole team was there sheering and screaming. And that is so important during a team element in an individual sport. Goose bumps… Team spirit to the Max!
So i’m content and proud on the day after. Can’t wait for the next meet! Until then we’ll practice and prepare for even more pb’s and Neptunia power!