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Mom Dad Grandpa Marisabel Barragan Danl Murray Christopher Ashton Danielle Meerholz Surco Swim Team Delta State Swim Team


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swim路ming [swim-ing] Swimming is not a sport you can define easily. Moving your arms and legs during several back and forward trips in a hole filled with water sounds dumb, but there is so much more than just speed in this sport. It is about technique, physics, strength, mind power and strategy what makes a swimmer be a real competitor. It is not how much you do, it is about what you do. For me swimming is not just a sport, it is a way of living.


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swimming not only builds character it tests it.


Most swimmers that swim in college started swimming by the age of 8, and by the time they get to college they are 18.


If we add 10 more years to the last 4, most college swimmers swam at least 3 times the width of the U.S.A.

Delta State University Old Pool. Alejandra Torres


not easy Waking up at 4.30 in the morning four times a week is not easy. Having to get out of bed when it is cold is not easy. Jumping in a pool that is not necessarily warm, is not easy. Having to perform while you are half asleep is not easy. Feeling pain, and getting over it, is not easy. Learning to loose is not easy. Learning to be humble is not easy. Having perseverance and patience with results, is not easy. Missing a chance of winning by a tenth of a second is not easy. Swimming is not easy. But it is worthy.


Underwater Photograph. Alejandra Torres


what is worthy... Touching the wall first is worthy. Excitement of achieving a goal is worthy. Saving your parents money through a scholarship is worthy. Making friends is worthy. Being successful is worthy. Knowing what it means to loose or win is worthy. Being part of a team is worthy. Being a swimmer is worthy, but being a competitive swimmer is priceless.


Delta State University Old Pool. Alejandra Torres


“We start easy. We Feel breezy. We Swim longer. We Fight stronger. We Strain more. We Cry sore. We No breath. We Face death.” Poem by Danielle Meerholz.



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