Young kids having some fun 'getting
punk'd'--- Not sure
what that means? Well, watch the video. The kids in the video are all
swimmers. They all swim for the Plantation Swim Team
(PST) and they call themselves the
Piranhas--- And on this day (May 12th) their coaches told
them to go to the team room for a team meeting
about the then upcoming swim meet of May16-18. But just for fun,
someone had a video camera with them, and a few of them came up with the
idea that they'd film the reaction of everybody coming into the room as
they each got 'punk'd.And so they did, and at
the 1:21-minute mark of this video, Skye Downey, followed by her best friend,
Krissa, enter the room together--- not from the doorway, but from the stairway
inside the room. And of course, they too get
'punk'd' just to see what their reactions would
be. And so, if you watch this short video, then you too will know what
getting 'punk'd' is like.
As for the results of the swim meet over this past weekend, Skye
absolutely crushed her previous best times, and in doing so she added to her
growing collection of JO (Junior Olympian) times. She's not quite 12 yet,
and so she has another year yet to get them all in the 11-12 year-old age
Just look at what Skye accomplished over this past
weekend---7 for 7 personal best times and another 4 JO cuts become
hers! And a great part of her success comes from the fact
that she practices swimming every day while wearing a 'drag
suit' --- that, and the fact that she now runs laps 5 out of 7
days a week--- six laps a day--- that's running a mile-and-a-half a
day in addition to swimming laps in every stroke...at every distance...every
What follows here is her mother's (Karen's) account
of how things went for Skye:---
here is how Skye stacks up...
Going into this swim meet, Skye
already has the JO cut in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and
the 200IM ---Individual Medley is where each swimmer swims all four strokes in
the same event. This weekend's meet is the second
long-course meet of the current season, each lap being 50
Last night Skye was seeded 11th out of 21
swimmers in the 400 Freestyle (which is 8 laps of the
Her time going into the race was 5:59.72.
When she finished the race she got a 5:27.74 which is 4.65 seconds under the
JO cut of 5:32.39 for 11-12 year olds. She dropped 31.98 seconds off her
personal best, and in the finals, she ended up
2nd out the 7 best in the 11-12 year old
This gives her 5 JO
Saturday, May 17,
Skye was seeded 2nd out of 18 swimmers in the 50
Butterfly with a time of 37.97 seconds.
When she finished the race she ended up
first with a time of 35.44 seconds, which is 1.35
seconds under the JO cut of 36.79 seconds.
This gives her 6 JO
Skye was seeded first out 14 swimmers in the 100
Backstroke with a time of 1:28.09.
When she finished the race she maintained her
first place standing and received a time of 1:23.59
which is 2.70 seconds under the JO cut of 1:26.29.
She dropped 4.50 seconds in her personal best
This gives her 7 JO
Skye was seeded 7th out of 28 swimmers in the 50
Breast with a time of 51.90 seconds.
When she finished the race she placed
second with a time of 46.22 seconds, just 3.03 seconds away from
the JO cut, but she dropped 5.68 seconds!!!!!
Sunday, May 18,
Skye was seeded 2nd out of 30 swimmers in the 50
Backstroke with a time of 40.98 seconds.
When she finished the race she dropped 2.15
seconds, placing first with a time of
38.83 seconds, which is .36 seconds under the JO cut of 39.19
This gives her 8 JO cuts
Skye was seeded 2nd out of 10 swimmers in the 100
Butterfly with a time of 1:31.21.
When she finished the race she maintained her
second place standing and dropped 6.95
seconds to a 1:24.26, which is only 17/100's of a second away
from the JO cut of 1:24.09!
And in her very last race, Skye was seeded 5th out of
23 swimmers in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:52.42.
When she finished the race she dropped 15.02
seconds, finishing first but is still 3.61
seconds away from the JO cut of 1:33.79.
Overall, she looked strong, she
made 7 out 7 personal best times at this meet, and the best part is
that we do NOT have to go to the Division II
Championships, for we can
go straight to her first all-J.O. meet doing more than just relays.
There are two more meets prior to JO's, and Skye's goal is to
get the JO cuts in the ones she missed
here, and to improve
her times at each meet.
Additional note from
Stuart took the boys to a dive meet
this same weekend, and while I didn't see any of Caleb's events, he
placed second on the both the 1M and 3M boards.
I did not see Logan's 1M event, but he
placed first. I saw
Logan's 3M event and he placed first in that as well.
So, all in all, it was a
great weekend for the
And when it was all over, her father, Stuart, summed up
Skye's achievements this way:---
"It is great to set so many
personal records, hard work pays off and Skye tries hard every day in every
way. I see it and hear it from her every day in every way. We all
know the makings of a beautiful and successful young