Sports Insight Episode 11 EXTRA! Swimming & Diving

Sports Insight Episode 11 EXTRA! Swimming & Diving


Its four fifty am at the Germantown Indoor
Swim Center as the Seneca Valley High School swim team arrives for practice. When it comes to swimming there are inevitably
early mornings involved and for us it’s a 5am practice over at the Germantown swim
center. (Splash) Which means you have your swimmers up at about
four thirty. They’re not the most talkative group on
the way to practice. Swimming is definitely a sport that you have
to be dedicated to. It’s part of you life that is amazing and
knowing that you have to be committed to a sport helps with commitments in other areas
and the swimmers and divers do a really nice job of having a high GPA, and they also know
that school is important. And you know, we really stress at Seneca Valley
that we are student athletes and the student comes first. Even though swimming is an individual sport
you have a lot of support from all your teammates. As you can hear for the diving, we’re very
supportive of each other and love to cheer each other on. And then I think it also helps you focus more
when, you learn this focus and how to work hard in swimming, and it can translate into
your academic success as well. Normally during our practices on Friday we
dive and the swimmers are swimming right near us, and we all have like, we all have bagels
afterwards, the swim team and the dive team, it’s really nice it’s really fun you get
to talk to everybody. And those bagels are usually provided by parents
who come to support the team. Aside from the coaches who may be MCPS teachers
or support staff, the swim and dive program is entirely run by parent volunteers. The swimming and diving community is tight
knit and strong. Everything from the starter to the referee
to the stroke and turn judges to the diving judges they’re all parents. Whereas a lot of the meets you might see in
the Olympics are all automated, our meets are only, can only happen, if you have parents
there and three of them to time. We use three parents because that kind of
allows us to make sure we’re as objective as possible with the times, and basically,
when a swimmer comes in, they’ll all stop, and then the middle time, the fastest and
slowest get thrown out, the middle time is that swimmer’s time. At this meet we’ll have four stroke and
turn judges who outside of the timers, are judging the strokes for their legality, touches,
kicks, being underwater or on top of the water, all that stuff is judged according to the
national high school swimming rules. You’ll have parents taking the times in,
and filling out and going through and double checking those numbers to make sure they’re
correct. The dive judges are all parents and they’ll
run that so it’s really, it takes usually, each team is going to have to come up with
somewhere around 20 volunteers to make a meet happen. And I think it also builds, you know, the
swimming and diving community. Everybody really knows each other well and
we all work together, and the parents are right there on deck. So its, its amazing to see that and I always
make sure that my swimmers are thanking their parents for working and helping out throughout
the entire year. Our parents, as you can see, love to volunteer
and they’re such a big part of our success as students and our success as swimmers.