By Rosa Soto
While the water goes in your face, there is this thought in your head saying you’re going to drown. But you keep going, trying to regain the energy back for the flip turn.
“Swimming is harder than you think,” states Mr. Mundorff, the coach of the East High School swim team. Swimming requires practice, focus, and dedication. It's much more than just propelling yourself through the water. You need enough strength to push through the water, which is where swimming gets more difficult, because that’s where heavy breathing comes in. If you do not know breathing skills while you’re swimming, it will become more difficult, and you might choke or run out of breath because of water entering through your nose or mouth. Practice makes perfect, and if you want to win games, you have to push yourself at practice. Although winning is great, having fun is better. We win some, and we will lose some, we learn and have fun.
On December, 7th East competed against Monroe, and Edison at East High School’s pool. Everyone on the team was nervous, and there was even doubt in some people's face. But the support we all gave each other was so strong it gave us hope. When you swim a race you put all your strength into your legs flutter kicking to flow through the water faster. When you finish with your race, you’re all out of strength, and the water presses against your chest making it hard for you to breathe, but since there's not enough strength to get out the pool, you concentrate on breathing, and when you look up your teams right there cheering you on, regardless of whether you won or lost. They make sure you’re okay.
In this recent meet, I really couldn't breathe, and I was panicking. My friend Talayna gave me an asthma pump, a hug, and kissed me on my forehead. Along with my other friend Ciara they told me I did well, and everything was going to be okay. Also Mr. Mundorff is an amazing coach because he understands that we try our hardest, and doesn't push us to win; he motivates us to at least try. But he wants us to have fun. We not only swim at practice but we play around, laugh, and support each other, which is the most important part.