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From Swim to Water Polo

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Ritchie Photo At the end of February, swim season finally came to a close. Our NEWMAC championships were at WPI on February 20th through 23rd. Since I missed school on Thursday and Friday, I had a lot of work to catch up on, which made the following week exhausting. Like any other week, though, I found ways to get everything done on time. Things are always busy and stressful here, but if you can learn how to set your priorities and work hard, somehow everything will work out.

 

When swim season ended, I expected to feel relieved, but I was actually quite sad. I’ve swam year-round for almost as long as I can remember taking only a few weeks off in April and August. Knowing that the varsity season is all that I have anymore and I won’t be practicing officially again until September was surprisingly upsetting to me. I don’t think I’ve ever missed swimming as much as I have the past few days. As with many swimmers, swimming is a love-hate relationship for me. The season is so long and challenging that many times I wish I had chosen an easier sport, but as soon as the season ends, I want to go back to practice. So the day after NEWMACs, I joined the water polo team. I needed to get a second sports credit for this year, and I figured it would keep me in the water. I had never played water polo before except for conditioning with my swim team. I was uncomfortable during the first few practices I went to because I had never done anything but swimming as a sport. I felt like I didn’t fit in because the team had been practicing for a few months already, and I knew I’d have a ton of catching-up to do. The first practice, I really wasn’t sure if I would stick with it. It was so different from swimming, and I had no skills, but as the week went on, the team really welcomed me and everyone began to help me out and give me tips and tricks to the sport. It’s a much shorter season than swim, but I’m really looking forward to having some fun with it.

 



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