The music for the routine was somewhat mambo inspired , so Teresa and I came up with the idea of putting a black mamba on the suit.
The swimsuits finally arrived a week before they were to be used, and they were tight! As in one-size-too-small-but-we-don’t-have-time-to-return-them-tight. And working with stretchy fabric stretched to the max is not really my expertise, so I decided to make the snakes and attached them only when they were all done. Here are the heads:
Wonderful green snake eyes (on sale at JoAnns....) and glittery black tongues. Every zoologist would know that this is exactly how you identify a black mamba in the wild!
And here are the girls in their suits (I am quite certain that not all of these young ladies would like to be recognized on this picture. A few of them looked incredibly dorky as I took the photo, so you will have to do with this):
Unfortunately the glue for the tongue did not survive in the chlorinated water and all the poor little snakes will need a new one - with better glue - before the next meet.
The meet yesterday was a so-called “Midwest invitational” for kids aged 12 and under. Teresa does obviously not belong in this group but the whole team went and all the older girls showed their routines anyway. I was assigned timing duty:
Which is making sure the the girls get in the water within 10 seconds after the music starts, and that the length of the routine lives up to the assigned standards. We were 3 people watching with stopwatches. And that might seem like overkill, but do you have any idea how easy it is to screw up the buttons on these things? Just sayin’!
On a positive note the other Mom and I got along really well. To the point where we made plans to get all the moms together to set up a synchro routine to show the girls. We had plenty of ideas, like doing our deck work to the theme of Jaws for instance. Let’s see how it goes, but I can only imagine that doing this will be anything by boring.
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