Splash - March / April 2011 - (Page 22)
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KeYs tO suCCess
witH OLYmpian anD U.s. natiOnaL teameR
By Bob Schaller Special Splash Correspondent
EMBRACE ChANGE. Change is always good, or it should be. Change is what you make it to be. It can be good or bad. If you go in with a good outlook, things will be great. I was a little skeptical about how doubles would be at the University of Florida, because I didn’t do that at my club, Bluefish. Here at UF we have doubles, dryland and weights, but I believe in my coaches, and I am in it with my teammates, so I embraced the change. It has worked. DON’t BE OVERWhELMED. This is a big one for me. Competing at highlevel international meets, it can be easy to be overwhelmed. You sit in the ready room and are so nervous. If you ask yourself, “Why do I do this to myself?” then you lose an opportunity to get better. You have to want to be where you are. You can’t get too worked up, or you won’t get the lessons you need to learn. So take a deep breath, and take it all in. Try to remember why you are there, how much you deserve to do well, and everything will fall into place. Be happy where you are and make the most of it.
MAINtAIN fRIENDshIPs. Whenever you need someone to talk to, having friends is awesome. I have friends now throughout the world to be able to vent to whenever I need to, or just to talk. At Nationals last summer, I did not do too well in the 400 IM, so I called my best friend from back home. She isn’t a swimmer, but I knew she could make me feel better. She did, and that conversation helped me focus and make the Pan Pac team.
BE PREPARED tO stARt OVER. You never know what to expect when you start a new season, or work with a new coach, or with a new team. Be prepared for the worst but expect the best. I heard Florida was such a hard program, and thought there was no way I would be able to survive it, but everyone here has survived it. So I realized I just had to have the right mindset, believe in myself and my coaches, and I’d make it through. I just had to have an open mind. BE huMBLE. That has a lot to do with having a great success rate. The second you become too cocky or think you are better than someone else, people will start to pass you. You are so caught up in yourself you forget about the world around you. Don’t think you are ever so great, because the underdog will end up right on top of you. I want to be the best I can be. I don’t worry about being the “best” out there, because the second I do, people with more talent and potential will pass me. I don’t want to get caught up in all that. I just want to focus on what got me here and do my best.
SPLASH • March/April 2011
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March / April 2011
Splash - March / April 2011
Swim Briefs/sound Waves
Grand Prix/justin Case
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
Why College Swimming?
So You Want to Swim in College?
2011 NCAA Preview
Top Ten Lists - Long Course Meters
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
On the Ipod
Splash - March / April 2011