Swim Team: Celebrating Teammates
With many swimmers wrapping up summer training and heading back to school, it’s a great time to remember one of our favorite aspects of our swim team: teammates! Best buddies. Family. Our weirdest friends. Whatever you call them, they are the people we see day in and out, sometimes for hours at a time.
To on-lookers, it may appear that swimming is an individual sport with one person racing in their own lane, swimming for their personal best time. Behind the scenes, it's so much more than meets the eye.
Teammates are with us doing our best sets, or when we false start at a meet. It's one of the aspects that make this sport so amazing. From playing cards between sessions to celebrating best times after a meet, teammates are there to make those little victories sweeter and pick us up on our toughest days.
When we were young, relays were always the best part of meets because we got to swim with our best friends. Now, you got to share the victory not only with yourself, but with your teammates who all contributed equally to that win as well.
Swimming has its brutal moments, too. From early morning practices to adding time at an important meet, we lean on our teammates for inspiration and words of wisdom to shake off the negative vibes or put the last race behind us. This encouragement lifts our spirits from warm up to warm down. If we’re having fun at a meet, chances are we are going to swim faster or drop time. The locker room shenanigans and uncontrollable laughs are indelible memories of most people’s swimming experience.
For swimmers who spend so much of their time in the water, these teammates become your best friends, sometimes for life after your retire from the sport. Bonding between heats and finals or challenging each other in the lane over during the last set of practice creates friendships that stay deep within us.
Most swimmers stay in touch with their club or college teammates. After your time spent in the pool, you become an alumnus, which means alumni meets and dinners become all about fun. No matter how many years pass, you will always be a part of your team. Some might argue swimmers are a little different from the athletes that compete on land. Maybe it’s linked to all the extra chlorine we swallow, but it's an instant bond when we find others that are just as "unique" as we are.
Leave a comment below with your favorite thing about your swim team teammates by September 6 and you'll be entered in a random drawing for a SwimOutlet.com gift pack: goggles, cap & swim towel.
Email Address Invalid. Please enter an email address in the format: email@example.comEsther
2 years ago.favorite thing about my team...
best friends, being able to verbally and physically push (and pull on) teammates to swim harder!
Best friends = best rivalsMichelle
2 years ago.Love everything you guys do...Wendy Moyer-Drabick
2 years ago.My daughter has been out of the pool for 1 month now. Just started junior high and ready for practice to start! But we need some practice suits, so glad u r extending your Labor Day sale!Libby
2 years ago.See my teammates strive and get better while still having funLibby
2 years ago.My favorite thing about my teammates is their strive to get better and get best time and complete their goal while still having fun and and making lifetime friendsAlyssa
2 years ago.Swim team = familyEmily Waehles
2 years ago.My favorite thing is not only are teammates but were one giant familyWilliam Wheeler
2 years ago.If it weren't for my great teammates, I probably wouldn't be involved in Masters swimming. I really look forward to Bagel Fridays and breakfast after Saturday morning's practice.Ben
2 years ago.Great article!Elise Fuller
2 years ago.I really love learning from and helping my teammates. I love cheering for them and swimming Wouldn't be the same w/out them!Mary Sue
2 years ago.I'm looking forward to joining the local masters swim team.liz
2 years ago.Its always good to be around people who motivate you to do your best, and my swim team does that and more. We've been through everything together, from bad meets to days when I was depressed my teammates always had a peculiar way to cheer me up without me even asking, I love them so much! They are the weirdest and mg best est friends, and I look foward to spending the rest of my 2 years with these amazing people!?Alex
2 years ago.Love my coaches and teammates I wouldn't trade them for the world. We are like family!Paul
2 years ago.Nobody else understands. "Oh your a swimmer? How fun!"brice
2 years ago.I love swimming. I love my team that will tease me like siblings, push me like a dad, baby me like a mom, love me like a grandma, and wont leave me like my family. I also love that feeling you get when your on the block, things rush through your head; you can do this, do it for them, beat your time, go fast, beat that girl next to you! then when that buzzer goes off it all leaves and your mind blanks and your just free.christie
2 years ago.Life was never dull with my COM boys. Practices were always loud and fun, and swimming was never a chore with my lanemate Billy. They helped me get through first my knee surgery recovery, my first wreck, then my dad's cancer diagnosis 15 days after my wreck. Those boys were my life for several months and I owe them a lot.Helene
2 years ago.My masters swim team has saved my life!!! They have been kind and supportive and gentle at a time in my life when I truly need it. They continue to encourage and inspire me on a daily basis both in and out of the water!! I've done more than I ever dreamed possible!!Mary
2 years ago.Companionship and going through tough practices together!Anna K
2 years ago.My teammates are the only ones who understand my shenanigans and are also the only ones who understand the pain from the brutal workouts that we all hate but secretly need and maybe slightly enjoy. :). Love you girls. Swim on. GNN Girls <3Alison
2 years ago.My 7 yr old says she loves laughing with her girlfriends!Allison
2 years ago.My swim team was literally my life in high school. We went through everything good and bad and always had one another's back. We are all still super tight and supporting each other through our college ventures. Once a swimmer always a swimmer :)Dante
2 years ago.It doesn't matter what age or group we swim in. We are like a family who supports each other, cheer and encourage each other. I'm a beginner and just knowing that the older swimmers are there for me makes it easy for me to jump in the outdoor pool in the cold rainy winter. I hope I can do that for some beginners someday. I belong to the best team and family!Taylor
2 years ago.The best part about my ten is that no matter how much we hate eachother in the water, when its all said and done we are best friends!Emma
2 years ago.I love how we are best friends and work as steam but we are also each other's competition and push each other to do our best!Zoey Cavey
2 years ago.my favorite part about my team is just being able to be yourself and watch other people grow doing what we love!Add a Comment
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