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Jenny Joins the Swim Team



Jenny Joins the Swim Team
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.74

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    backstroke, breaststroke, hundred-yard, unders, excited, laps, easily, especially, stopwatch, pistol, platform, timer, accept, racing, yards, year
     content words:    Dolphins Swim Team, Coach King, Mary Stern, Judy Von Bell, Jenny Love


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Jenny Joins the Swim Team
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Jenny was especially excited about summer this year. She would be joining the summer swim team. Jenny's mother taught her how to swim when she was very little. Jenny wanted to be able to swim every day, so she asked her parents if she could join the Dolphins Swim Team.
 
2     Jenny was such a good swimmer; she and her parents agreed she was ready to swim in competition this summer. The youngest swimmers on the team were the "six and unders." Jenny turned seven in April, so she would be swimming with the "girls eight and under" group. She was very excited. It was the first team Jenny had ever tried out for.
 
3     Coach King was a tough but fair coach. The pool was fifty yards long. Jenny swam in tryouts and made the team easily. Team practice was at ten o'clock in the morning every day, except Sundays. Practice consisted of swimming laps for an hour, and then everyone did timed racing every day.
 
4     Jenny loved to do the freestyle stroke, but she was also pretty good at the backstroke. Coach King had everyone swim laps in each of the four strokes: back stroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and butterfly. Jenny thought the butterfly was the hardest. You had to build strong arm muscles to pull yourself through the water for the butterfly stroke.

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