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“Hey man you’re up after this heat.” I nod my head and thank my coach, upbeat music pounding through my headphones. I felt like I had been sitting on the same metal chair for a lifetime just waiting to be called. I stand up and stretch one last time. I quickly grab my ankle and pull my leg up, feeling the strain of the muscle as it slowly stretches out. “Quads, hamstrings, and shoulders” I quietly said to myself, a phrase coach Marsh always had us repeat in our dry land warm-ups. The loud electronic noise of the buzzer blares through the whole aquatic center, bringing everyone at the edge of their seats as the first heat begins. The whole crowd sits totally engaged in the ongoing 200m . I begin to walk over to the stands and prepare for the 100m breast stroke. Ever since I was a young child I had loved being in the water. In the neighborhood I lived in I was able to go to the pool every day in the summer, and it became a second home to me. Many long days were spent at the YMCA pool in Cornelius where I would play common pool games and compete in races with all the other kids. As I grew up I continued to stay in the water with the introduction of new hobbies such as surfing and wakeboarding. After what appeared to be ages, senior year came around and I decided I wanted to swim competitively for my school, something I had never done in the past. After training for a couple of months I found myself doing well and after a great season I ended up swimming in our regional championship meet. With the ongoing race coming to a close, I stand up and cheer for my teammate. “You’ve got this Elliot finish strong, only a few more pulls and you’ve got him!” The race ends, every swimmers’ hands touching the walls within seconds of each other. Coach Marsh walks over to the edge of the pool and congratulates Elliot for qualifying for the final round. “Go sit down and…...

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