Swimming: it’s not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle


Scott Dang, Staff Writer

School sports are athletic programs that give students the ability to participate in a wide range of team building and overall school enriching experiences. It is on such basis that most public high schools, if not all, have their own independent sports program. An example model of such can be illustrated in RHS’s own swim team.

To describe school sports to be a source of a fuel in both the physical and recreational department can severely undermine the biggest part of it all, it is a way of life. When joining a sports team, students are expected to follow a set of practices. That includes preparation for the upcoming matches and team bonding. It is through such routines that it slowly creeps into the mindset, affecting overall character.

In an interview with freshman, Tyler Luu, a current swimmer on the RHS swim team, he stated that, “Swimming is and will continue to be an essential part in forging my own identity.”

An example of such practices are the team’s spaghetti dinner nights. The spaghetti nights are a time when the whole team joins together and feasts upon spaghetti as a means of carb-loading to prepare for their highly intense forthcoming matches. On the other hand, it is not only a matter of simply obtaining energy in the name of physical demand, but also a chance of getting to know each other and forging crucial relationships.

Whether people may or may not see the value in high school sports, it, without a doubt, has it’s value in developing crucial pieces of the puzzle.

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.”– Knute Rockne

The varsity swim team will go up against Hazen on the upcoming Friday for the WCD 3 District Swim Meet at 5, be sure to tune in!

Photo was given by Tyler Luu. Replicated with permission.