Personal Narrative Essay On Swimming

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When I was eight years old, I joined the Shaker Sharks swim team. I was put in the lowest group and struggled to swim even a 25. I considered swimming a hobby at best, not even realizing it was a sport. Two years later, my family and I moved to Solon. I switched teams to join the Solon Stars Swim Club.

The environment was far more competitive, which I noticed immediately. I was also beginning to understand the value of a team, a support system greater than oneself.

One time at a meet, I had been entered to swim the 100 butterfly. I had never swam more than a 50 before this, but I gritted my teeth instead of scratching the event. When I stepped up to the block, I saw a few swimmers with the same striking blue and red swim caps as me at the other end of the pool, but didn’t think anything of it. During the race, I could feel my limbs growing sore and my lungs aching to breathe normally again. Above the deafening splashes of water around me, I picked up a different sound: cheers. “Go! Go!” Yelled the Stars swimmers that I had never talked to before in my life. They screamed for me at the end of my lane knowing that I was going to get last place, knowing that I wasn’t trying to swim fast but just trying to survive. That’s how I made it to the wall. It just shows how much the Stars family means to everyone in it. A couple of older swimmers had identified me by my suit and cap, and that was all
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The friends I’ve made through the Stars program will be my friends for life. The hard work I’ve been through makes me a stronger person today. Swimming has taught me that challenges are nothing when you have loved ones by your side. My freshman year the upperclassmen used to always say: “Bring honor to the family!” It sounded out of place back then, but now it makes sense. The Stars family really is a family. Not only do we have a lot of fast swimmers, we have a whole lot of heart that can’t be found
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