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As a former age grouper, High School, College swimmer, then a coach, now a parent, the author has come full circle.
As a former age grouper, High School, College swimmer, then a coach, now a parent, the author has come full circle.


A Competitive Swim Meet Can Be Much Like "The Lion King" and the Circle of Life

You know, a competition swim meet is much like The Lion King "The circle of life."


I have been to hundreds of competition swim meets over the years from the Olympic Trials to NCAA, High School, USA, YMCA and summer league competition swim championships and have always felt comfortable and within my realm.

This past weekend, I was at a competition swim meet and for the first time in my life I found myself asking questions and in a capacity I was not familiar with. Me of all people UN easy, looking a little lost, having to buy a psych sheet, where the heck was I! Well, after a quick reality check, and a reflection in the mirror, the realization was I was a parent.

A parent of two young kids swimming in their first year around USA swim meet. They were having fun playing with teammates, video games, acting silly, but dad a nervous wreck. There were 900 swimmers of all ages; hundreds of spectators so shouldn't a 5 and 7 year old feel scared and timid.

After realizing my children didn't really care if they missed their event and their only concern was "is my battery charged on my Nintendo DS", I soon had my confidence back.

Looking around and seeing numerous people that I swam with growing up made me think "there has to be something in the water". What attracts us to this sport? You put on a little biddy brief of a swim suit, you get wet, your swimming in the cold water while following a black line at the bottom of the pool……….really it doesn't make sense?

So to watch the youngest swimmer in the swim meet have no fear, to the oldest swimmer in the pool thrive to be a collegiate scholarship swimmer is a reflection of my past. As a former age grouper, High School, College swimmer, then a coach, now a parent, I have come full circle.

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