Jonas has been doing the swim team for about 2 months now. His team had a little "beginner's" meet this past Saturday and so we signed Jonas up. I actually signed him up for 2 events, but then the coaches signed him up for 3 more. :) He only did 25-meter races as he was a little nervous about his flip-turn. But it was such a low-key race that some of the kids who did the 50-meter races didn't do an official flip-turn (but perhaps they got DQ'd - disqualified . . . I"m not sure). Anyways, Jonas did the 25-meter race in backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, free, and then was a part of a relay and did the freestyle for that as well. He told me he didn't really know how to do the butterfly and that he wasn't good at the breaststroke. But he tried them and finished them both - albeit last in his heat. Apparently he did something wrong (perhaps the stroke itself) and was DQ'd in the butterfly and breaststroke.
But his first race was the backstroke and he took first in his heat. That was a fun way to start! :) He ended up getting 3rd (out of 5) in the backstroke, 6th (out of 7) in the freestyle, and 9th (out of 14) in the relay. So we've got lots of room for improvement. But now he has some race-times that he can work on beating.
He had a fun, fun time and loved it - so it was totally a success!