PHOENIX, Arizona, November 24. AROUND every holiday, we at Swimming World usually begin to get some poetry submissions from various people within the swimming community. This year, one submitted by Tripp Montgomery, a coach at Carolina Aquatics Swim Club, submitted a poem written by Kelsey Green.
Green is an 11-year-old rising star out of Columbia, S.C., who swims in Carolina Aquatics' state/sectional group. She developed a poem around a Carolina Aquatics theme entitled "It's All In The Details."
Drop my towel on the ground
And wait for the whistle,
Soon I will hear it come
The whistle blows and I step on
The blocks, my heart is pounding
And it just won't stop. The buzzer beeps
And I dive off the block and streamline
Through the water like a bullet. I kick
And pull once I come up I flip at the wall
Neck and neck with my opponent. I repeat
The same thing all over again but this time I
Reach the red zone and put my head down,
I touch the wall before my
Opponent and hear the loud screams.
I throw my cap and goggles on the ground
Feeling very excited, I hug my opponent and tell them
Good job, everything seems to change.
I may have green hair but that doesn't matter,
I just won my race. I go to my coach and he tells me
It was all in the details.