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State champs

We headed out early this morning to catch our great nephew Jordan's swimming match in Birmingham. We were heading to COSTCO afterward, but this match was a big deal. Jordan's been training for this since swim season ended last year.

He's been to swim camps and has practiced three days a week with his swim coach without fail. The local high school in Jasper wants him to attend there.

During the swim camp at my Birmingham Southern, my old alma mater, one of the people over scholarships at the school expressed interest in Jordan. She asked about his swimming, about his grades, and she talked to him about the facility at Birmingham Southern, He turned 10 in January.
I couldn't spell college when I was 10.

We arrived at Birmingham Sportsplex about 30 minutes early and sat by his nanna while he warmed up.

The swim-a-torum was PACKED and it was toasty in there. They keep it warm for the kids, but when you get that many people THAT close together, you're glad you showered and put on deodorant before you left home.

His first race and the only one we could stay for was a four boy freestyle relay. When the whistle blew, the first boy dove off the blocks and the race was on. Teams from all over the state were competing in the race. The noise level approached the level made by an F-111 at takeoff.

The second boy launched off the blocks and he held his own. Jordan was the third and he hit the water like a dart. He made up time, but his team was still trailing when he tagged the wall launching the fourth boy. He was tied for second place when he hit the water but I think I saw smoke on the water behind this kid. He tagged the wall a full second before the other two finished.

Jordan's team are state champs. I don't remember screaming, but I'm hoarse tonight. When I looked at Jilda and Jordan's mom Samantha, we all three had tears of joy on our faces.

We are so proud of our young'un.

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State champs


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