This summer, the boys participated in swim team for the first time. JMC was invited to join the team by his swimming teacher, and JT asked to join the team with his brother. At the beginning of the summer, they had each had 2 semesters of lessons, and though comfortable in the water, neither one could actually swim.
By the end of the first week, JT could swim the backstroke an entire length of the pool (25 yards)! It took JMC several more weeks, and he still prefers lessons and practices (when his teacher is in the water with him) to meets when he is on his own. By the end of the season (after about 6 weeks) JT could swim freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke; JMC could swim freestyle about 15 yards.
Swim lessons begin up again this week, and I'm excited to see how much they'll continue to improve. JA takes swim lessons, too, and we hope that she'll be able to join the swim team next summer as well.
Update: JA, JT, & JMC all participated in swim lessons this fall, and the most improved was JA! She is now excited to try swim team next summer. Lessons begin again in February, and I'm sure they will all continue to improve. :)