We just had our first swim meet. Both boys swam. J chose one race in each stroke (even fly!) and O elected to do 3 25s, and a 50 in freestyle. He even tried his flip turn.
I think J was really in it to win (which he didn’t), so he was disappointed. But O was so happy. When we walked into the pool, he started to skip and said, "It smells like the pool!" Other than the disaster of losing his goggles for a few minutes (under his towel), all was well. He spent most of the meet poolside cheering strangers on.