Take a look around the pool during a swim meet and you’re bound to notice the different “types” of swimmers. One of the great things about swimming is the diversity of its participants…anyone can have fun swimming! Here are few you might see:
1. The Social Swimmer.
These swimmers might love swimming, but they love spending times with friends more. That’s probably why they chose to do summer league this year. They enjoy being at the pool with their friends and competing and being in shape is just a bonus. These swimmers are usually the ones who almost miss their event because they were talking to their friends. Sorry, coach!
2. The Year-Around Swimmer.
These swimmers come back to summer league swimming every year because it’s a fun way to do what they love, in a more relaxed environment. They probably started swimming on a summer league team, so returning is like a walk down memory lane. However, there are two types of Year-Around Swimmers: the ones who are still extremely competitive and are looking to break some records, and the ones who are just here to spend time with friends—they probably don’t care about their times, they’re simply there to help the team and have fun.
3. The Rookie Swimmer.
These swimmers are making their Summer League Swimming debut, and it’s obvious. They are probably walking around the pool with wide-eyes trying to figure out when their event is and what the “Clerk of Course” is. If their coaches signed them up for their first 50 yard butterfly, chances are they are also crying and begging their parents to let them go home.
4. The Focused Swimmer.
These swimmers are here to race. They don’t want to socialize, they’re here to go best times and win. Often times these swimmers like to get pumped up before a race to some music, so if you see a swimmer with head phones in, don’t disturb them. Feel free to talk to them after the race, because the work will be done by then, but let them stay in their zone beforehand. They are also extremely competitive, so if they lose or don’t go their goal time, it might be best to give them some time to cool off.
5. The Goofball Swimmer.
These swimmers are the class clowns of the team. Don’t dare them to do a belly flop off the block before their race, because they will do it and your coach won’t be happy. They’re all about competition, but not in a typical sense. They want to see if they can do a 50 Freestyle with no breath, or a 25 Backstroke kicking all the way underwater. If they get DQed doing it, it’s probably worth it to them. These swimmers keep meets lively and entertaining, but they might stress the coach out.