I was on a swim team of one sort or another from 1980 to 1990, but I never competed in the breaststroke because the name made me uncomfortable. In 1989 I made it to state as an alternate for the 4-by-100 freestyle relay. Yeah. That’s right. The highlight of my swimming career was warming up at the state meet. I pretty much sucked, and not even shaving my legs helped.
But I have two BFFs who were big-time collegiate swimmers. One of them, Ron Lockwood, is now the head coach of the Wasatch Front Fish Market, the most successful swim club in Utah. He built the team from scratch, going from 8 kids to 265 kids in four years because that’s how Mormons do it.