Marian swimmers show their dedication

By J1 reporter Delaney Kottke

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Photo courtesy of senior Jenna Popp

Waking up at the crack of dawn and having to hop into a freezing pool is not something anyone wants to do.

As a swimmer, you practice twice a day and practice a total of 8-10 times a week.“I sacrifice sleep, sometimes school depending on whether or not I have gotten enough sleep and social life,” senior Jenna Popp said. Swimming is a challenging sport in which you make sacrifices every day.

Swimming at Marian has had many accomplishments like winning Metros and State, but there are some things that could still be improved on.“PLEASE LET US HAVE SNACKS!! Swimmers are supposed to consume as many calories as possible and I don’t think I will be able to survive not eating between 5:30 in the morning and lunch,” sophomore Haley Mercer. Food is something that is extremely important to swimmers, and without eating the right amount of food, it is hard to function properly and focus throughout the day.

Athletes are supported by their friends, family, and teammates. Without all of these people it would be hard to be successful in the sport of swimming. “My family and teammates are my support group. They support me in every way possible, especially this year since I have decided that this will be my last year swimming. Having the support of my family and teammates means the world to me,” Popp said.

By being an athlete in any sport you learn how to stay disciplined and show dedication to something you love. “I have learned to be positive and to manage my time. Swimming has given me so much when it comes to unbelievable experiences and great life lessons-like when you have a bad race and you can not let it ruin the rest of your meet,”

Time management is a skill you can use for the rest of your life. “I have learned time management like no other, I have learned determination, teamwork, and how to keep working at something despite the fact it may not work out the first time around,” Mercer said.

Overall, swimming is not a sport for everyone because you have to have enough dedication to put in the time and effort to be successful.

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Sophomore Swimmer Haley Mercer

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