The way for her to get faster is [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=188495&postcount=1252"]Tip 265 Train harder, smarter, faster, further, more often, with a coach, with a team, in a convenient facility & at a convenient Time[/ame] (& have fun)
increasing from 4 times a week to 5 or 6 times
increasing from 1200 - 1500 a practice to 2, 3, or 4000 a practice
adding exercises push ups, pull ups, jumps, sit ups, cross training from other sports
Plus shes growing, she's getting bigger and stronger, that will make her faster.
Just watch out for injuries and burn out
I stay focused motivated and excited about swimming with dreaming, goal setting, planning, & doing my plans. All of these focus on preparing for one or two meets at the end of each season.
People can do remarkable things when they are [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=35157&postcount=140"]truly inspired[/ame].
"When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project,
all of your thoughts break their bonds:
your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction and
you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and
you discover yourself to be a greater person than
you ever dreamed yourself to be."
Streamline Dolphin Kicking (SDK) is one of the most important skills in swimming. It's great to start early and it's fun.
There's several Tips on SDK here's [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=196637&postcount=1283"]one with links to videos[/ame]
Hope this helps,
relax, have fun, work hard
be a great example for your kids, show them with your actions instead of your words
I have a friend who's daughters were great runners, they'd go running with mom or dad
sibling rivalries help, I often see families with several swimmers and sometimes the youngest ones wind up the best because they work hard to keep up with the older ones.