Open Mic: Competitive Swimming Is the Real Deal

Quenton MosleyCorrespondent IJune 18, 2008


You may go swimming in the ocean, you may throw a pool party, or just go swimming to cool down.

Swimming sounds fun to the people who swim for fun, but the people who breathe it, who live in and out of the water, can only know the true meaning of swimming.

Competitive swimming takes more mental toughness to excel in than any other sport.

Competitive swimming is an underground sport that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Swimmers work days and nights just to become the best at what they do.

Competitive swimming only becomes popular when the Summer Olympics roll around. Like it’s every football player dream to win the Super Bowl. It’s every Swimmers dream to compete in the Olympics.

Competitive Swimming consists of four different strokes: the butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and the freestyle. These strokes can be swum in three ways: medleys, relays, or individual.

 There are many events in Competitive swimming. There is the individual medley, or IM, in which all four strokes are swum in the order: the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

There are three relays: 200, 400, and 800, which are all swum freestyle. The individual events for the backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly are competed in 50, 100, or 200 meter races. The freestlye events are 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1650 meters long.

Competitive Swimming is the real sport for real men and women. Through training and all the long hours competitive swimming is the real deal.

If we put Tom Brady in a Speedo and put him in a race, I bet he won’t even finish the race.

To be a competitive swimmer you have to be ready, mentally and physically. This isn’t football it’s swimming.