10 Reasons to Marry a Swimmer

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By Ailish Dougherty (Swimming World Archive)

While every swimmer certainly has their own individual personalities, there are a few characteristics unique to competitive swimmers that have the potential to make them great spouses.

Thus, here are a few reasons why it might be wonderful to spend the rest of your life with a swimmer…

1. They have great bodies.

Usually tall, lean (but not too lean), with strong shoulders and insanely defined six-packs, swimmers have some of the most attractive, fit physiques of all athletes. Swimmers are also very vigilant about their physical fitness, so they won’t let their toned figures disappear in retirement.

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2. They’re confident.

Let alone having to parade their scantily-clad bodies around in front of hundreds of people at swim meets and even on television, swimmers must be mentally confident and self-assured in order to perform to the best of their ability. Great swimmers don’t let doubts and fears affect their performance, and in the same vein, they won’t let jealousy or mistrust get in the way of their relationships.

3. They have gratitude. 

Swimmers have surely been humbled at some point by a setback that they have had to overcome, and it has only made them realize how lucky they are to be able to participate in the sport that they love. They give credit where credit is due– to their coaches, parents, and teammates who have helped them succeed. They will never take their spouse for granted.

4. They’re smart!

Swimming is one of the smartest sports out there. Swimmers consistently have high graduation rates and GPAs, and a recent survey of Division I programs showed that nearly 40 percent of all female and nearly one-third of male swimmers and divers pursue degrees in STEM fields. Hard work in the pool translates to hard work in the classroom, and hard work in the classroom often translates to success in the job field.

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5. They aren’t quitters.

In order to succeed in swimming, an athlete must be goal-oriented and focused, and they mustn’t let hurdles and frustrations discourage them to the point of giving up. Swimmers have the ability to push past any adversity – be it an injury, a missed cut, a bad time, or personal setbacks – and keep pushing to succeed. Swimmers won’t give up on a relationship just because of a little spat. You can count on them to put in the time and effort to make compromises and work out a solution.

6. They’re committed to personal excellence.

I wouldn’t go as far as to call them perfectionists exactly, but swimmers certainly strive to be the best that they can be in each and every one of their endeavors.

7. They’re always up for a quiet night in.

Swimmers are certainly familiar with making sacrifices, such as missing a fun night out for a good night’s sleep. They know exactly when they need to do what’s best for themselves and spend a night at home curled up with a book or a great movie, and they will have no problem sharing it with a partner.

8. They can accept constructive criticism. 

Years spent listening to coaches and parents nagging them about stroke technique conditions swimmers to have respect for authority and to be able to take suggestions and advice with gratitude and humility. They don’t offer excuses, they offer solutions. Swimmers are always open and willing to change and improve.

9. They’re hard-working. 

Swimmers are the opposite of lazy. If they are able to wake up at 5 a.m. for a morning practice, they can make it through a dinner with their in-laws. Focused, dedicated, and disciplined, swimmers have the capacity to be fantastic husbands and wives, and even better parents.

10. They’re supportive. 

Being a part of a swim team for years instills in swimmers a sense of community and pride in their team. They would do anything to support their fellow teammates, because they see them as family. Imagine how devoted and loyal they would be to their real family!

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

211 comments

  1. Ce Cil

    Joe Lumbang Jacob Matthew

  2. Karen Shaw

    9 and 10 yes. Think we will skip the rest !!! Hehehe

  3. Harriet Lee

    On to a winner the Laurie ‘swedish’ Pirie !! Remember that lol x

  4. Susan L. Lansbury

    Alice O’Leary McClenahan David Schraven Julie Lerner Nations Debbie K Jaeger Nancy Fee Hummer Ariel Lotz Miryam Lissette Bohabot-Firtag☺️?

    • Jenni Wloka

      not true.chlorine. but you’ll get used to it. 😉

    • Susan L. Lansbury

      Jenni Wloka chlorine smell is pleasant compared to the alternative?

  5. Mike Dale

    Deana Welch and Kristi Sytsma Sherman hit the jackpot.

    • Deana Welch

      There are so many adjectives to describe this jackpot you mention, Mike.

      I’m guessing this article was written by a swimmer. Kristi, we should write our own article.

    • Hannes Frank

      Puh ich dachte schon du schreibst was anderes???

    • Stephan Fandel

      Das halte ich für ein Gerücht 😀 aber mir gefällt der Artikel und da ist viel Wahrheit dabei 🙂

    • Hannes Frank

      Als würde ich Gerüchte verbreiten??ja trifft schon sehr gut zu der Artikel

    • Ro Man

      Nur nachts schlafe ich nicht sondern esse ?

    • Lisa Propson

      ???? hier stinkt es grade so richtig nach Arroganten Menschen ???? und übrigens auf die Figur achten und “smart” sein trifft aber nicht auf meinen Mann zu!!!!!

    • Hannes Frank

      Wenn Fußballer das täglich in allen Medien machen, dürfen wir das hier im kleinen Kreis doch auch mal? die haben in dem Artikel vergessen, dass das mit dem auf die Figur achten hauptsächlich für Singleschwimmer gilt ? ?

    • Ro Man

      Außerdem achte ich auf meine Figur ich esse nur mehr ?

  6. Mariam Perez Vila

    Porque estan buenisimos?????????
    Jajajajaja
    Que GRANDE ERES !!!!! Phelps….

  7. Carolyn Rios

    Josue M. Hernandez thats why!??? love you my swimmer.

  8. Paula Alyson Phillpott

    And if you are lucky enough to marry a water polo player you get all that in spades but he’ll be poor as a church mouse!

    • Paula Alyson Phillpott

      My son played polo from age 11 for 26 years. We lived on the south coast of Scotland of England and all the good polo was London, Midlands and the North. National League cost us a fortune! Wouldn’t change a day of it.

    • Paula Alyson Phillpott

      Sorry, should say South coast of England. Respects to the Scots, you must find the same with travelling.

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    Cynthia mae Curran

    Well, Michael Phelps has ADHD and was not the greatest student as a kid. I think he had some of the learning disabilities that come with it sometimes. I have Aspergers and at one time was thought to have ADHD as a child. I also have learning disabilities, a poor speller and bad at writing. I was an average age grouper since I was on the short size for a swimmer at 5’4″. There are several elite swimmers that had learning disabilities, Amanda Beard has a mild form of Dyslexia as well as OCD.

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    Cynthia mae Curran

    Well, Michael Phelps has ADHD and was not the greatest student as a kid. I think he had some of the learning disabilities that come with it sometimes. I have Aspergers and at one time was thought to have ADHD as a child. I also have learning disabilities, a poor speller and bad at writing. I was an average age grouper since I was on the short size for a swimmer at 5’4″. There are several elite swimmers that had learning disabilities, Amanda Beard has a mild form of Dyslexia as well as OCD.

  11. Jodi Mavrinac

    And if you then have children who become swimmers they will do all the early morning swim runs because they’re used to getting up at 4am!

    • Jenny Snedden

      Sitting in car at 5.30 am in freezing Scotland whilst 12 yr old son is training. All Hail the taxi driving parents of swimmers!

  12. Toni Rakitić

    Ivona Mlakar definitivno i neke karakteristike vrijede za mene xd

  13. Jeni Sanderson

    I was going for “they’re used to getting up damn early…” Sarah Bailey xx

  14. Jim Bowser

    If your spinal area is stiff or hurts, they are good at BACK stroking. If your pectorals are sore they are good at breast stroke.

  15. Pia Lenarduzzi

    Ginger Mahoney read about all my qualities❤️❤️❤️

  16. Maggie Mak

    yep im marrying a swimmer Emily Lo Alexis Tang

  17. Tanya Dean

    Eben White your future is looking good 😉

    • Lauren Slimming

      Harry Slimming yay 10 more reasons to love you…didn’t need them! 😘

  18. Thomas Snook

    Poihaere Tracey💁🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♂️

  19. Francisca Alencar

    Even if that swimmer is Ryan Loche ( correct the spelling of his name if I spelled it is wrong)? I don’t think those reasons apply to him.

    • Alice Hall

      Caitlin Donnahey not sure about the “don’t let their toned figures disappear in retirement” I certainly have😂

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