October is officially here. That means one thing. HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING! So, let’s address the elephant in the room… are you actually cut out for high school swimming?

Answers are as follows:

  • You’re not fast enough!
  • You’re not a team player!
  • Swimming is an individual sport!
  • Too much training involved… blah blah blah!

Okay, shock value from the title of this article aside, I am glad we got you here. It’s time to discuss if you or your friends are cut out for swimming in High school. The answer is YES!

Their benefits are endless, but the most important one by far is the fact that it’s responsible for developing the character that so many high schoolers so vitally need.

Let’s establish a few ground rules;

  1. You don’t have to be the fastest
  2. You don’t have to be the most athletic
  3. You don’t need to dedicate your entire life, and sacrifice your academic future for it

Now that we’ve cleared that up, here are a few things you DO need to be;

  1. Willing to be a good teammate
  2. Willing to work harder than anybody else around you
  3. Willing to sacrifice some free time
  4. Willing to be accepting of shortcomings
  5. Willing to not get too high or too low in winning/losing

You see, High School swimming is more than just figuring out who is the fastest in the state. It’s a matter of bringing friends together that otherwise would have never met, even though they could be at the same high school, and even in the same class. It’s understanding the fact that entirely dedicating yourself to a seasonal goal of improvement, takes a lot of effort, and yet is entirely doable. It’s straying away from some of the more negative influences that school, in general, brings into play, and replacing that time with self-improvement. It means accepting failure for nothing more than a shortcoming and letting it make you stronger. Finally, it means leaving your ego at home, coming into meets and just giving it all you’ve got.

High School swimming is one of the best tools available to develop your youth, and not a single person out there should discourage you from participating in it. Whether you’re Caeleb Dressel or a last minute addition to the squad, get out there, and reach for that wall!

Written by Ryan Rosenbaum