Wednesday, October 27, 2004

College Swimming

As a college athlete with an extremely busy schedule, I've come to live by this quote: "Take each day as it comes, but plan ahead!!!" I participated in softball, basketball and swimming in high school. However, I didn't take part in any sports in my first year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the summer I decided to start swimming again. I then realized how much I had missed it.

My high school swim coaches encouraged me to try out for the UWM swim team, so I decided to give it a shot. I called Head Coach Dave Clark and set up a time to meet with him. He told me it wasn't going to be easy. However, if I worked hard enough I could achieve my goals.

So I started swimming early August in hopes of whipping my body back into shape before the season officially began. My breathing pattern was off, and my strokes weren't as strong as they used to be. But what did I expect after taking two years off from the sport?

I wasn't satisfied with the times I ended with in high school. I didn't want to always wonder: "What if?" What if I swam in college? How fast could I have gone? After weeks of busting my butt I made the UWM swim team! I was extremely excited and satisfied. I proved to myself that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. My times have gotten faster since the beginning of the season. I've become a stronger swimmer, both mentally and physically.

What I Usually Swim:
- Sprints
- 50 freestyle
- 100 freestyle

'Mighty' Martha's Top Swim Times as of Oct. 27th:
- 50 freestyle 26.99
- 100 freestyle 58.5
- 100 backstroke 1:13.35