Swimming is a constant battle against the clock
When I was three years old, my parents signed me up for a summer league swim team to teach me how to swim. What started as learning basic skills quickly transformed into my favorite hobby. I continued swimming during the summers until I joined the swim team at Lanier Middle School and later at Lamar High School.
When I got to high school, I realized that the individual nature of swimming did not provide the same teamwork that most high school sports provide. I joined Lamar’s water polo team as a freshman. Now, I am a senior and am still involved in both swimming and water polo. Some of the most exciting times of every year are the regional and state competitions for both sports. Every year, I have been able to watch several of my friends on the swim team qualify for the state meet. However, Lamar’s water polo teams had never qualified for the state tournament, which was disappointing. My junior year, the Lamar boys water polo team qualified and competed in the state tournament for the first time. As happy as I was for the boys, I knew that senior year would be my year to go!
Luckily, I was right and in 2008 Coach Mac was able to take both the Lamar girls and boys water polo teams to compete in the state water polo tournament in Austin. This weekend of competition has gotten each player excited for the rest of the year. The end of the state tournament marks the beginning of the high school swimming season, which is filled with even more competitions and practices.
Swimming is a constant battle against the clock. No matter how the person in the lane next to you is doing, you are always trying to beat your time from the last meet. My closest friends in high school have been those that I met in the pool and I know that Coach Mac’s leadership has played a great role in our team’s success. I have always loved the water, but my swimming and water polo experiences would be incomplete without the people around me.
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