15 Things You'll Always Remember If You Were On A High School Swim Team

15 Things You'll Always Remember If You Were On A High School Swim Team

11. What happens in the locker room, stays in the locker room...

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I competitively swam for 6 years of my life, my team was the Howell Sea Serpents. Some of my best and my worst memories came from being on the swim team. There were the stereotypical mean girls, but I also met my best friend during these years. She's the only one of my swim team friends I really still stay in touch with.

There are some things that people just don't understand when it comes to swimming, and they never really will unless they were ever part of a swim team. Here are 15 of those things...

1. Dreading the freezing cold temperature of the pool.

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Ugh, hopping in to a freezing cold pool is the worst and leaves you shivering until the coach tells you what to do for warm up. And there is no taking time to slowly get in or you'll sure hear the coach yelling at you to "just get in the water!"

2. Trying to rock a swim cap and goggles.

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Ah yes, the most unattractive style is a swim cap, goggles, and an extremely tight one piece suit that shows off every bulge and curve in the worst way.

3. Swim cap and water bottle wars

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Good times before coach got there and after coach left. Water bottles were a great weapon of choice, especially filled with ice water. But if you wanted to got right for the throat, a swim cap full of icy cold water was your best bet.

4. Getting dizzy from flip turn practice.

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Sure practicing flip turns was probably the easiest of the drills but you can only do so many flips until the pool starts to spin.

5. The fear of falling to your death off the diving block...

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Those things are so much scarier than they look! The feeling of towering over your team mates is not any fun, it feels like you're on display for all to judge you. And the fear of falling off and hitting your head is real.

6. Dodging band-aids or other gross floaties.

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Band-aids, hair balls, and other unknown floaties are absolutely disgusting and avoided at all costs. Just thinking about them makes me cringe.

7. Cool down with a stroke of your choice!

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One of the most amazing sentences to come out of your coach's mouth: "alright cool down with a stroke of your choice." Back stroke was my go to, it was the easiest in my opinion and my favorite stroke.

8. Apologizing for smelling like chlorine.

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Chlorine was a constant perfume and it seems like everyone can smell it but you.

9. Defending your sport!

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All those football players laughing and telling you that swimming wasn't a real sport was the most annoying thing ever! Like... I'd like to see you swim a 200 I.M. in 2 minutes! Chances are they don't even know what the heck and I.M. is or how to properly swim all four strokes, if they know all of them that is.

You don't see me challenging your sport, so leave mine alone!

10. Trying not to slip while trying to get to the locker room first.

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There's only a certain number of showers so if you want to be the first to get one, you better be willing to risk slipping and falling because there are puddles everywhere!

11. What happens in the locker room, stays in the locker room...

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Enough said.

12. Dry land = not wanting to move the next day.

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2 laps of lunges around the pool. 100 push ups. 150 crunches. 5 minute wall sits. I'm getting sore just thinking about it...

13. Having a song stuck in your head the entire practice.

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And you don't quite know all the lyrics, so it's just the same part on constant replay in your mind.

14. Getting super mad at someone tugging on your ankle to pass you!

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I don't know about you but some of my team mates got really nasty when they wanted to pass. Its annoying enough that you have to stop swimming to let them pass, but when they use their nails to scratch or grab your ankle and pull you back its hard to control yourself!

Oh, and then when you want to pass them, you get kicked in the face! Or they won't let you! Passing can get mean y'all...

15. All the memories.

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Despite it all, you'll always remember the friends you made and your favorite and least favorite coaches. You'll always have some funny stories to tell, and hey, maybe one of your most inspiring moments came from those years on the swim team.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Liverpool's Darren Till Is Ready To Take Out Everyone

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He has called out all names but he has not hesitated to express his interest in getting that rematch with the champion "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley because he knows and is confident he has the skill to defeat Tyron. The Gorilla is definitely ready to be the Main Event on the London card in March but there is no clear set opponent yet.

Rumors began to spread in the mix martial arts world that Darren Till would be facing Colby Covington but it was not set in stone. Darren would have much more to win if he took on Colby and dismantled him. He would resolidify himself as the #1 Title challenger as Colby would have a lot more to lose. Colby Covington does not seem to be on the best of terms with the UFC as is so it seems like this would be the most appropriate fight to make since Kamaru Usman vs Tyron Woodley was booked for UFC 235 for the belt.

Darren Till is absolutely ready to get back into action but many would like to see him step into the Middleweight division and show what he can do. He does not want any rest and wants to fight 3 times or more in 2019 as it looks to be a promising year. The Gorilla recently received a call out for the London card by #9 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal as they both share the same amount of interest in the past but the fight was never booked.

Another huge fight he has interest in is with the "Style Bender" from the middleweight division, top prospect Israel Adesanya which would be absolute madness and would be a huge sell for the business. But in the meantime, he does believe he will stay at welterweight even though the division is in a very weird place right now. He expressed his dislike for Colby but knows the game Colby Covington is trying to play. A fight between Darren Till and the (Former?) Interim Title holder Colby Covington would definitely put a clear understanding to who the next title challenger could be in the division for Tyron Woodley.

The 26-year-old has 17 wins and 1 loss with 1 draw in his mix martial arts career. The last time we saw the #3 ranked "Gorilla" Darren Till was when he took on Tyron Woodley who become the first person to finish and stop Darren giving him his first loss at UFC 228. It is very exciting to see Darren so hungry and eager to get back in the cage. Hopefully, it will be in the Main Event in London.

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