5 Reasons Why Swimming Gets Even Better Sophomore Year

5 Reasons Why Swimming Gets Even Better Sophomore Year

By Abby Bergman, Swimming World College Intern

My second year of college swimming is just ending and I wanted to look back and reflect on what sets sophomore year apart from first year. Though I am not ready to accept that I am halfway through my college career, I have been reflecting on all the benefits I have received from my sport up to this point. While some people find that sophomore year leads to a “slump” in athletic and academic performance, there are many reasons why the second year of swimming is superior to the first.

When you are in your first year of collegiate swimming, everything is new and this provides the expected feelings of excitement but also the challenge of performing well while adapting to entirely new environments. The pools are unfamiliar, the meets are run in a weird order. I had to make the switch from racing outdoors to indoors, from events spread out over three days to events crammed into three hours. As a sophomore, you arrive at meets already knowing the warmest spots on deck and the best lanes to warm up in. Not only does this make meets less stressful, it also leads to more success in the pool.

You were once the little first year enthusiastically mumbling along to the chants to which you were just learning the words. Now you’ve had two whole years to perfect your cheering technique right down to coordinated splashing (Smith College has a splash cheer). Cheering really helps to pump up the whole team even as we are about to compete alone. Cheering and demonstrating team pride are some of the best moments at our big meets.

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