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I never thought I would be a "Swimmer", but I am now!

posted Aug 19, 2008, 7:33 AM by Craig Oney
When I joined the MWMasters in February 2008, I was at VERY Beginner level.  I basically knew how to doggy paddle and keep myself afloat.  I always knew what the freestyle and breaststroke looked like though!
My first day at the Masters was intimidating, but everyone was so encouraging and motivating.  The on-deck coaches walked me through, stoke-by-stroke, breath-by-breath.
As Coach John Dankert says, I have come a long way.  My first Triathlon was the PigMan Sprint, June 1st, 2008.  I finished the .5K (547 yard) swim in just under 12 minutes and even helped someone to safety on the way in!
Because of MWMaster's training, I feel comfortable in open and deep water and my breathing has become much more relaxed.
I never thought I would be a "Swimmer", but I am now!
Rachel Reed
Iowa Masters Member since 2/11/08
US Masters Swimming