Varsity Swimming - As Scary as the Legend Says?
Story By: Joshua Lim Editor: Eileen Kwon Web Designer: Andy Yoon
Splish. Splash. The sound of 36 hands completing one stroke after another quickly fills up the SIS 24.5 meter swimming pool as the Varsity swimmers start their warm up. Mr. Thomson, Ms. Presse, and Mr. Kim supervise, quietly observing how the team has progressed over the season and discussing what event each swimmer should take part in at the upcoming swim meet. Every single member of the team has one goal in mind though - to come out victorious in KAIAC.
In middle school, students were given the option to participate in MS Swimming, an afterschool event where the students could participate in friendly swim practices and mock meets. However, when the eighth grade population was asked about the Varsity swimming program, many were clueless. Frequently asked questions ranged from: “What do you do in the HS Varsity tryouts?” to “Are the practices as difficult as they are rumoured?”
When approached with these questions, coaches and swimmers on the team had various answers. Coach Kim, who requested not to be on camera, says, “Middle school swimming is for fun. High school… it’s much more competitive and focuses around points for the whole team.” He also noted that, “Unlike in middle school swimming, in high school, all times are recorded and ranked.” Similarly, Jeremy Nam, a freshman, said that, “[varsity] is much more challenging - middle school is much easier.”
Although varsity swimming is much more competitive than middle school, swimmers also had much more bonding time. All of the people interviewed stated that they became much closer with one another during the season because of all the hardships that they had to endure together during practices and meets.
At the end of the day, varsity swimming has it’s positives and negatives - even though the practices might be lengthy and difficult, the season also creates relationships and bonds across grade levels, helping to create a more opportunities and a friendly learning environment.