10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Dating A Swimmer

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10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Dating A Swimmer
In this lull in competition, we revisit this piece from the past for a bit of levity.
It’s hard to escape dating a swimmer when your primary interests include swimming, swimming, and more swimming. Luckily for you, swimmers are an incredibly appealing breed of athlete. Here are ten reasons why you should consider making a swimmer your next partner:

1. We’re always clean (or at least heavily chlorinated).

Jul 14, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Katherine Mills of the United States splashes herself with water before the women's 200m butterfly swimming final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

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Who says chlorine should only act as a perfume? Chlorine is an all-inclusive antibacterial, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. What a bargain.

2. Eating a lot…together.

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If you want to pig-out and feel good about it, try eating with a swimmer. Carbo-loading is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fact that the person you’re sitting across the table from can eat twice as much as you (and probably more if given the chance). There is no judgement.

3. Who doesn’t love watching swim meets?

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Why not go on a watch-my-partner-dominate-the-pool date? Swim meets are the perfect occasion for you to support the team and yell about how much you absolutely adore your partner. Later, take time to watch, talk, and maybe even play other sports. Just stay a safe distance away from us because despite our natural prowess in the water, we’re usually clumsy on land.

4. That swimmer’s body.

Muscles, abs, shoulders, and a tight suit…need I say more?

5. The transformation from sweats to clothes.

Unfortunately swimming, like so many other sports, forces us to choose between convenient comfortable attire and what’s “in.” We generally prefer the former, but for those special someones who request monkey suits and skimpy dresses, we’re willing to do a temporary costume change.

6. Clocks are our frenemies.

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Swimming takes time, so do relationships, eating, sleeping, and studying. Don’t worry, we’ll squeeze you in.

7. We typically have less body hair (at least during taper).

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Photo Courtesy: Richard Masoner, Flickr

Have you heard of No-Shave-November? That’s okay, keep enjoying our smooth naked mole rat skin and we’ll fill you in later.

8. Netflix party anyone?

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Before practice, after practice, between practices: Swimmers need lounge time. Stop by, meet a teammate (or ten) and relish in the non-productivity.

9. We’re dedicated.

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Photo Courtesy: Shannon Edelbrock

We’re dedicated to going back and forth across the pool hundreds of times for hours, days, years all the while staring at the same black line and pondering what our time will be when we touch the wall. Chances are, you’re worthy of dedication.

10. We like to be prepared.

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Photo Courtesy: Jack Hiniker

Wait, showing up to a meet with five pairs of goggles in a swim bag is weird? What about swimming five hours a day to finish a race after 20 some seconds? Swimmers are prepared mentally, intellectually, materialistically, physiologically…Amorously? Probably.

7 comments

    • Peter Storm

      Glen Silvers you definitely should not date your kid’s team mates. I agree.
      Big nono.

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    PNS boi

    Not if it’s a teammate… In the immortal words of my father: don’t take a c**p in your own backyard.

  2. Cerra Alicia Turner

    This article is a few years old. Does this mag recycle stories? I swear I sent this to my boyfriend now husband years ago

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