Swimming in Paradise
Many people may not consider swimming to be a real sport, but despite
their opinions, it is. The Holland Patent Swim team is a great experience
both physically and mentally. You get to get a great workout and you
get to meet many people from many different schools. Whether it’s RFA,
Proctor, or South Lewis you meet great people, swimmers, and friends!
The Holland Patent modified swim team is led by Coach K. He is nice
and knows everything about swimming. There are four essential strokes
you need to know. Those are Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle, and
Backstroke. All of these are difficult at first, but get easier as you
practice. For example, Butterfly is a stroke that takes a lot of body
strength and determination. To help train for it, I would consider
practicing exercising in Gym class. Breaststroke is basically putting
your hands in a circular motion while simultaneously kicking your legs
to SWOOSH through the water. To practice this I would practice running
because you would be losing fat, and fat is your worst enemy in
Breaststroke. With less fat your body will be able to move quicker
through the water. Freestyle is the main stroke in swimming. It’s just
like regular swimming, but you kick your legs while moving your arms over
your head through the water. To practice this, you can also lose body
fat by exercising and practicing exercises we use in Gym class. For
example, jumping jacks will help you move your hands faster through the
water. Backstroke is the last stroke available in swimming. Basically,
it’s freestyle but on your back. One important rule is to always
look up at the ceiling because if you don’t, it will slow you down.
Also practice kicking your legs faster in jumping jack exercises.
There were 7 kids on the Boys swim team for the year of 2013-2014. I
was a newbie the first year, and believe me, I was willing to work
harder than I did in summer practices. My stroke was Backstroke and
Freestyle. In Backstroke I achieved a lot. In our first practice meet
I was Backstroke in the relay, and the only 7’th grader participating.
Three 8’th graders and I all together working together to achieve the
same goal. . . to win the relay. I was first with Backstroke, and I
was the first to finish! Then it was up to my teammates to finish. In
the end we won the relay, and It was the start of my swimming
experience! Swimming has many options for meets. You can do any of the
4 strokes in 50 meter for Butterfly, 50, or 100 in Backstroke and
Breaststroke, and 50, 100, or 200 in Freestyle. As you progress
through swim you will work your way to 500 meters in Varsity! Also in
Varsity swim you don’t have to try out, you automatically make it!
They are always looking for new recruits. So whether you’re looking
for a sport to try or a new experience to try, sign up for Boys or
Girls Modified Swim for the year of 2014-2015!