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Confessions of a Butterflyer

Confessions of a Butterflyer

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern.

Sometimes I feel bad for butterfly. That’s right, I feel bad for a stroke. I mean think about it. No one ever picks butterfly for choice during practice. If you tell someone that you’re a butterflyer, their response is most likely “I’m sorry.” Ask a swimmer what the worst practice they could ever imagine would consist of, and odds are it involves butterfly…and a lot of it.

But then, I remember that butterfly actually fools us, and I don’t feel so bad for it. It is beautiful to watch. Gliding on the surface of the water as the momentum carries you across the pool– it can be mesmerizing. But, oh, looks can be deceiving. Underneath the beauty is a layer of torturous pain, only experienced by a rare species– the butterflyer.

As a lifelong butterflyer, I’ve learned the ins and outs of this roller coaster of a stroke. When I was 7 years old, I thought I was the coolest kid on my swim team for being able to legally swim butterfly. As the years went on, and the distances of butterfly didn’t go above a 50, I was thriving, living a butterfly dream.

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