The atmosphere of swimming that meets in Red Lion’s natatorium is like that of no sport event I have ever attended.
As the swimmers get set to jump in, complete silence fills the air. The moment they enter the water, chaos erupts from the crowd. Each time the swimmer comes up for air, their teammates scream at the top of their lungs, “GO!”
If the race is close, the volume of the fans’ cheers increases to an almost deaf-like level. Even the individuals such as myself who are not very familiar with the world of swimming can feel their anxiety rise as the race comes to a close finish.
Many are not aware of the work that the swimmers put in prior to their meets. Each week, they have three days of dry land, where they run...and run...then run some more. Then they head into the pool, where they typically swim between 3,000-6,000 yards, burning anywhere between 900-1,500 calories.
A common misconception most people have about swim meets are that they have adults who set up the pool for them. This is incorrect. Sophomore Anne Mitzel, who has been competitively swimming for five years, says the work is done by the swimmers. “The lane lines, the flags over the pool...that’s all done by us.”
She went on to elaborate upon that the team greatly appreciates acknowledgement from students and the large attendance they have been having at home.