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Post by Ascar » Sat, 08 Jul 1995 04:00:00


My question is, "Can a person be a successful swimmer if they start later
in life."  I am 15 year old girl, and I just started swimming about 6
months ago.  I'm on a year round team that practices about two hours a
day, five times a week.  I have gotten better, but my progress is slow.
Please write back!!!
 
 
 

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Post by Cory Macki » Sun, 09 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>My question is, "Can a person be a successful swimmer if they start
later
>in life."  I am 15 year old girl...

Yes, absolutely!  Keep up the two a days for a while, and concentrate
a lot on good stroke technique.  You probably feel like you started to
compete at a really advanced age, but there have been lots of people
who didn't start competing until they were joining a master's team.  I
think Mary T. Meager didn't start until she was 11, and she set a world
record at 14!

I started competing when I was 8, took a year off when I was 10, kept
swimming through my freshman year of college, and then wasn't in a pool
for about 7 years until I started swimming masters at 26.  I can
honestly say that masters swimming is a lot more fun than age group
swimming.  One of the best things about swimming is that you'll meet a
lot of really great people - smart, hard-working, goal-oriented, and
fun.

If you have any intention of being active when you get older, don't
give up now.  Your muscles will retain a "memory" for how to work most
efficiently if you train them well now.

 
 
 

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Post by chadse » Sun, 09 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Nothing wrong with starting at 15! Swimming is a lifetime sport,
something you can certainly enjoy forever.

 
 
 

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Post by David Swarbric » Sun, 09 Jul 1995 04:00:00

]My question is, "Can a person be a successful swimmer if they start later
]in life."  I am 15 year old girl, and I just started swimming about 6
]months ago.  I'm on a year round team that practices about two hours a
]day, five times a week.  I have gotten better, but my progress is slow.
]Please write back!!!
]
The answer must be unequivocally yes.

But also it depends.  There are three possible standards against which you
might judge yourself.

One is 'Can I be the best there is?' - can  be world champion.  Well, it
isn't for me to say no, but the answer must probably be no.  It will
also be true that virtually all world champions start by eleven or well
before.  But if coaches were always honest with their charges, the chances
of any one child swimmer being the very best, are hundreds of thousands
to one against.  Say they are one hundred thousand to one against for
a child who 'gets serious' at ten.  For you, the chances may be two
hundre thousand to one against.  True it would be more difficult for
you, but also in truth the chances of this measure of success are so
minute that doubling it will make no practical difference.

The second measure is whether you win against the people you compete
against. The answer here, and it is one which applies to everyone who
doesn't succeed under category one above depends upon who does not
turn up.  Whatever race you swim in means not a lot, because there is
always some faster who might have turned up.  Most swimming meets are
limited in some way to an arbitrary class 'under twelves from Wisconsin'
or 'over forties from Brighouse' but all such categorisations are a bit
of a cheat - they are a way of hiding the fact that the vast vast
majority of us are not in category one.

All is not lost however, because for every one who might have turned up and
beaten you there will be a hundred who didn't bother turning up because
in effect they knew that there would be someone around like you who
would beat them.  It is very easy to lose sight of this and concentrate
on the other side.

In any event, trite as it sounds, the only valuable measure of success
is your own internal standard.  It is just plain silly to judge yourself
by what the lass in the next lane does.  It can be difficult to avoid
doing this, but it i swell worth the effort.  If you pin your happiness
on who is in the next lane, your success will be virtually arbitrary.

Sorry to be so heavy

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Post by Anonymous Use » Mon, 10 Jul 1995 04:00:00

I have do disgree with the last response...

in fact, there was a very famouse world class swimmer who did not begin
to compete untill he was a senior in high school...

His name is Rowdy Gaines!!!!!!


 
 
 

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Post by brian nah » Tue, 11 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>My question is, "Can a person be a successful swimmer if they start later
>in life."  I am 15 year old girl, and I just started swimming about 6
>months ago.  I'm on a year round team that practices about two hours a
>day, five times a week.  I have gotten better, but my progress is slow.
>Please write back!!!

I swam when I was a kid and I was good.  But my family moved and I stopped
doing it.  I did it on and off for a while until last year.  On an impulse
I decided to try swimming for my senior year in highschool.  I had done summer
league before but nothing like the club swimming I got involved in last year.
Anyway, I did very well.  Made it all the way to regional finals in highschool
and did great in club.  I did this all in one year.  
  I had not swum competetively for a long time before I started, but I was in
good shape from playing other sports, so it wasn't from ground zero.  Plus I
am 6'4" so the  height helped a lot.  I had a lot of thigs going for me going
into it, so it was probably easier for me than it would have been for other
people.  My advice to you is stick with it if you are having fun.  I had the
best time of my life last year.  It is entirely possible to start late and
become good.  You just have to work hard at it.  It is all desire.  Progress in
swimming is very slow.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying.  
Swimming is a sport of tenths of seconds, not minutes. -Brian
 
 
 

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Post by Cheshire C » Thu, 13 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Although I'm no Olympic speed swimmer I'm doing all right in Masters today.
I didn't start competitive swimming until I was a senior in high school.  I
was always a basketball player, but my knees gave out and I started swimming
for therapy.  Someone saw me swimming lap after lap on my own and suggested
I join the team.  I've been swimming ever since!
--
Andrea
aka Cheshire Cat
 
 
 

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Post by ===>Lady Reape » Thu, 13 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> My question is, "Can a person be a successful swimmer if they start later
> in life."  I am 15 year old girl, and I just started swimming about 6
> months ago.  I'm on a year round team that practices about two hours a
> day, five times a week.  I have gotten better, but my progress is slow.
> Please write back!!!

You can start swimming seriously anytime you want, and practicing year
round will really improve your skills.  Successful though depends on your
personal goals, do you want to be a pro, do you want to reach the
olympics, or just swim in college.  Successful is an undefined term and
only is defined by yourself.  If you have more questions post them and
someone will reply to you.

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