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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Unity

Last night, we had a very tough swim meet. It was against a great team from Nashville, and I am so proud to say that we won!

I, however, swam horribly. I was so proud of my teammates, but I couldn't help but focus on my own personal failure instead of boosting them up for their accomplishments. I even wrote my college essay on this problem of mine - not being a good teammate when I need to be.

Before the meet, I spoke to the girls and told them that instead of swimming for a score, a place, a time, or a record, that tonight we needed to swim for each other. I told them that tonight was a night where all we could do was swim the best we could and be proud of ourselves, no matter what the score ended up being, and I told them that tonight was a night where we would remember the hours and hours we have poured into practices and workouts, and for that, we should swim not for ourselves, but for each other.

This was the first motivational speech I had ever given. I said all of these things before the meet, and I was so excited to get in the pool and compete. But when I had yet another rough swim, I was so disappointed in myself. I felt like a hypocrite. I told these girls that they needed to swim for each other, and yet when I dove in, I swam for myself, and I failed miserably.

But, as always, I learned another valuable lesson - even though I didn't swim well, that wasn't my failure. My failure last night was not being a good teammate. I encouraged them to support each other, and I hardly did it myself.

Our final meet of the season is next Thursday. It's against our rival, and we have a great chance to win. I am scared of my own personal failure, but I shouldn't be. I should be proud of my team, because every single day, they persevere and power through the tough practices, the bad swims, and the rough days. For that, I am proud of them, and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing team.

xx, Victoria

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