Swimming: Not the Recreational Kind

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As I dive into the polar ice cold pool, I let the water consume my thoughts. All the stress I had from standing on the swimmer’s block dissipated; however, now I had a more troubling feeling. As I raced through the water, my heart was pounding and my lungs were aching for a gulp of air. I was nearing the edge and I flipped, swimming under water for as long as I can only to resurface and swim back to the dive-in side. I could see the wall and pushed everything else I had in myself. I touched the wall and immediately lifted my head for a breath. I look up at the clock and see that I swam a personal record causing a rush of victory to wash over my body. I didn’t win the race, but the race was now over. Time to get out and prepare for the next one.

Swimming is a very difficult sport. The amount of hardwork and dedication one has to put in is excruciating. Practices are six days a week, two and a half hours a day of swimming, Tuesday and Thursday morning workouts in the weightroom, and then on Saturday the practices are three and a half hours: one hour of working out and then two and a half hours of swim right after. 

Not only are there many practices, the season lasts from October to the beginning of February. In the season, the team has to partake in about fifteen to twenty meets a season. Swim meets last about three hours due to the amount of events and the fact that boys and girls swim together at meets. On top of the abundance of meets, we also have Hoosier Conference, Prelims, and Sectionals, which are all day events against numerous opposing teams. 

Granted this may seem like a hard-work overload, but there are so many incredible experiences one can have in swim. Our team is incredibly close. Everyone on the team is unbelievably close with one another. We cheer each other on, have swim sleepovers, and most importantly, we endure the challenges together.

Swimmer’s are always hungry. With long practices, meets, and only a day’s break, swimmers eat many snacks to cope with the amount of calories burned. My favorite snack is peanut butter and crackers. Our swim team also has a mini party called “pasta parties” once a month during the swim season. Usually pasta parties lay between two big swim meets we’ll have so that we can load up on carbs. Swim practice ends about 15 minutes early for pasta parties and a couple of the moms of kids come in with delicious pasta. My mom usually brings chicken alfredo and rigatoni with meatballs.

In addition, swim is also an individual sport. Though we cheer each other on as a team, the race is all up to one person. As a swimmer, I may not beat other swimmers every time, but if I PR(personal record) than that itself is an accomplishment. I feel like individualistic sports take some of the pressure off of someone because it can make one feel more accomplished if he or she PR’s and loses, versus a whole team just losing.  

Swimming is a sport that has stuck with many girls for years. I know multiple girls on the team have been swimming for years; however, this is only my second year of swimming. Even though I am still practically a “newbie,” I love swimming so much. Gliding through the water and feeling effortless is just a spectacular feeling that one can obtain from swim. My favorite event is probably the 100 backstroke. That is the stroke I have been swimming in since I started swim and I love seeing myself improve in my times for the event. My favorite part of swim is most definitely the meets. The emotions that strike one in a swim meet are numerous, from excitement and eagerness, to anxiety and apprehension. All together though, the girls cheer each other on and keep our hopes high no matter if we’re winning or losing. 

Every year we gain new swimmers, and this year we have gained a freshman from a different school. Lexi Freeman said, “I have been swimming since I was 8 years old. I really like it. The team is really nice and the girls just took me in. My favorite part is spending time with the team, and the meets. They make your heart race but they are fun.”

Hannah Plauschin, a sophomore, said, “I have been swimming since 7th grade. I have really enjoyed this year so far. We are a good group of girls who work well together and have lots of fun while still keeping each other accountable. All of the girls give 100% and really try to do their best. Even though swim is very challenging, the team encourages each other and makes it fun. I am not the best at swim, but I still enjoy it. Some parts of swim are absolutely awful; however, in the end, it’s all worth it. The best part about swim is the team. Our many days together, are full of laughs and smiles. Despite the many practices and meets, we still manage to fit in fun parties and sleepovers to strengthen the team’s bond.” 

Delaney Zeck, a junior, said, “I’ve been swimming for 9 years now. I love the team this year because we are always there to support each other during races and we always push ourselves to do better. Swim can be very tough at times, but yes I love it so much. My favorite part about swim is how the atmosphere is. Everybody is always pushing each other to do better and we are always cheering each other on no matter what!”

Hannah Young, a senior, said, “This is my 12th year of swimming. I think the team is doing very well this year! We have a younger team who works hard and they are all super fun to be around! I love swim more than anything and my favorite part is being around the team. I love the competitive side that swim brings out in everyone too.”

In conclusion, swimming is such a great experience with a maximum effort requirement. I love swimming so much and I know all my teammates do too. If one would like to watch an interesting competition with lots of cheering and excitement, come watch a Lewis Cass swim meet. Swim is a great sport to be apart of and I think anyone who is interested should give it a try, that is if one can withstand the heat. 

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