>I say it is a shame because I have seen future national calibur swimmers
>fall to the way-side due to their lack of dedication to swimming and the
>lure of polo. In a basic sense, swimming takes more effort: you have to
>be in the water training hard twice a day, doing a decent amount of
>yardage. And water polo at most high school levels, does not ask that
>kind of effort. So what you get is a perceived notion that polo is fun
>and easier, and swimmers just migrate that direction.
Funny you should say that. While I was still swimming in high
school, we played water polo for part of practice. It's really
good for exercising the leg muscles. I never had a chance to play
water polo for my high school because they started the program
right after I graduated.
True, swimming does take a lot of energy and training (part of the
reason I decided not to swim in college), but I'm sure with the
amount of treading water you need to go through from water polo,
I'm sure the workout are pretty rough too.
Treading water for 5 minutes with your arms above your head in
streamline position in not my idea of fun.
>I look at California's Central Coast High School Swimming Championships
>held recently at Stanford University. All in all, the meet was SLOW.
>Even absent were the usual standout performances characteristic of a few
>swimmers. I think these mediocre performances were a direct result of a
>season stretched too thin. I watched potential standout swimmers put in
>OK swims, many of these folks the same people who spend 3-6 months playing
I knew a couple of people who swam there, and I find it hard to
believe that some of them had OK times. I've seen them workout
and they put in a lot of effort. I haven't spoken to them
since, but I'm sure that they've put a lot of effort into it.
>All I can say, is that Northern Cali will have a hard time facing the
>competition that abounds in the rest of the US where serious swimming
>takes place. Just my 2 cents.
That could be. No. Cal just doesn't have the "swimming desire" that
the rest of the nation has. I don't think it can be attributed to
water polo, but I do notice this.
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