Monday, November 16, 2009

The results are in...

Remember last summer, when Sam swam a timed 5K at the long course pool in Michigan?

We recently received the results in the mail, and check out his standings (double click to enlarge):

For his age group, he is number one. In the nation.

National Champion.

When Sam gets psyched up for swim meets, it's because he's competing for the top spots among some of the best swimmers out there. It's just so different than what I do when I run. I'm just trying to finish the race and still be standing upright. Thank goodness my sport gives medals to all of the finishers, because I will never get an age group award at any race, which is fine, I'm just sayin', I think it's pretty cool to be so good at something that you have a patch to sew on your backpack that says National Champion.

Sam is a very naturally talented athlete and he can do well at everything he tries (though his sister Lisa and I swear that he could not complete the step-aerobics class we went to this summer; he had much to say about that!). He ran a 1:49 half marathon without trying at all. And you should see him rock climb, roll a kayak, telemark ski down a mountain, or do a reverse one-and-a-half off a diving board. I'll go on record saying that Sam could have been an olympic swimmer, skier or diver if he had decided he wanted to at a younger age.

With swimming, his natural talent means that his strokes are beautiful and he has a real efficiency in the water, but what you may not know is how hard he trains to reach the level of success that he has. For the last few years, he has been swimming 6 days a week. He pushes himself incredibly hard, writes all his own (often grueling) workouts, and almost always swims alone. His dedication is amazing. I guess what I'm saying is: his work is paying off.

Isn't that right, National Champion?


exuberance said...

Wow! Congrats! That's quite an accomplishment and well-deserved.

Carver Fam said...

holy crap, Sammy. I think you are my new athletic hero.

And, Em...I'll stick with you among the proud-to-have-finished class. No shame there.

Lisa said...

WOO-WHOO!!! Way to go Sam. That's awesome! Wow!