What Would Swimmers Do Without the Support of Their Moms?

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What Would Swimmers Do Without the Support of Their Moms?

By Abby Boone, Former Swimming World College Intern

Super Swim Mom

To the tune of Spongebob Squarepants

Who takes you to practice at five in the morn?
Super Swim Mom!
Who knows all your times, even ones you don’t know?
Super Swim Mom!
Who has extra goggles in case yours might break?
Super Swim Mom!
And who cheers you on each and every race?
Super Swim Mom!

Super Swim Mom, Super Swim Mom, Super Swim Mom, Su-Per Swim Mooooooom!

In all seriousness, the sport of swimming survives largely because of the dedicated team of swim moms who support their kids and their kids’ teams. Swim moms are the brawn and brains that make it possible for everything to happen, in and out of the pool.

They make sure their kids get to practice and make sure they have the gear they need to practice. They cheer as loudly as they can and support their children every race, whether their child swims a best time or not. They are willing to be timers, age group parents, learn how to be officials and run the computer system so that they can be more involved in the swimming community. They budget time and money so that their child can be at practices and meets and can have the expensive swimsuits and goggles that they want.

Who was at every single one of Missy Franklin’s meets? Her mom. Who was the first person Michael Phelps looked for after he races? His mom. These super swimmers would be nothing without the love and support of their super swim moms.

My own mom learned how to run Meet Manager and Team Manager so that she could be bigger part of my swim team and my sport. My friends’ moms have become coaches and officials; some are timers at every meet. They do the most they can possibly do to help their child and the sport be successful. They are all willing to help at practices and meets because they want to make a difference.

Swim moms are a breed of their own. They are dedicated, loving, willing to help, and are our number one cheerleaders. They don’t mind a wet mass on their shirt after they hug their swimmer, and they certainly don’t mind washing boatloads of soaking wet, chlorinated towels. They are there for their swimmers and they are there for the sport.

As this Mother’s Day approaches, thank your super swim mom. Without her, you wouldn’t be the swimmer you are today.

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7 years ago

This is so true x

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7 years ago

Yeah!! ??

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7 years ago

word.

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7 years ago

Nah we had good times and special memories with good friends like you Maria x

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7 years ago

There are some Swim Dads too…. (^_^)

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7 years ago

Mums and many dads x

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Happy Mothers Day to you as well and to all you other swim Moms as well!!

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? Happy Mothers Day to you!,,,,,

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7 years ago

Amen

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7 years ago

true

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?? Love all my swim Mom family! Have a fabulous day! Elizabeth L Moody Amy Blankenship Powell Karen Nordmann Wolfe Shawndi Jurgens Nicole Ervin Amare Jill Childers Robinson Angela Clabo Angela Jordan Weissgerber Courtney Quina Hardyman Alyson Newsome Kristen Acee Laraway Kristy Rosenhagen Adamski Christa Norman Bailey Karyn Wellhousen Tunks Beverly England Terry Jennifer Spadgenske Andrea Jones Shane Amy Robertson Boles Priscilla Guidry Bresnahan
Happy Mothers Day!

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7 years ago

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Liz Gould Andrews Alyssa Chomiak Mitchell Barb Stevens Amanda Bushey Sandy Wright Hobbs Thais Shoemaker Wayment

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And where are we today?? Happy Mother’s Day my friends!

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In Durango for Will’s soccer tourney⚽️⚽️⚽️

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7 years ago

Rebekah – for the “official” moms!

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7 years ago

That goes to you too!! ?

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7 years ago

Will this make me sad Carol Roberts (about the things I miss) x

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7 years ago

Simone Gersie Mireille Gooswit-Tjin Kon Kiem Jennifer Laiafat Patricia Tjon A Joe Leya Ramhit Rachel Doest Kytama Louaazizi Simone Slijngard Petra Zaandam-Halfhide Ugundi Devis Denice Gummels Germaine Haime Virgo Fos

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7 years ago

Absoluut!!

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7 years ago

Happy Mother’s Day ?

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7 years ago

Paul Snodgrass

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7 years ago

Jami Loest Jamie Tripp

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7 years ago

Jovarn Broughton

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7 years ago

Dawn Hameline

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7 years ago

Allison Geberin Love you mom.

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7 years ago

and dads

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7 years ago

Thank you….

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2 years ago

?

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2 years ago

Blenda ?

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2 years ago

Dena Champney Peachey

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2 years ago
Reply to  Sarah Grady

Sarah Grady we wouldn’t be who we are today, that’s for sure! ?

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This swim mom really misses watching her swimmer Kika Argento swim ? ??

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2 years ago

I cannot wait to see my girls in the pool again. I love to watch them swim! ??‍♀️ ??‍♀️??‍♀️?

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2 years ago

Kirsten Dodd Francis me too, totally grieving the loss of my daughters swim season. As a mom HS junior I’m worried the high school season will not happen either

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2 years ago

Jen Hintz my concern too…mine is going to be a senior in HS, she’s only one on her HS team (no pool at school) gets all training and most of her meets with her club.

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2 years ago

Swim mom became an official just because of them!

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2 years ago
Reply to  Pamela Wu

Pamela Wu yup…same here

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I am hoping and praying every day that they will be back in the pool soon, I so miss watching my son swim and compete

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2 years ago

Vicki Black love my mom!!!

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2 years ago

Sharon Zappia cute

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2 years ago

Yah – looks like New Zealand swimmers will all be back in the pool as of next week
Bring on those 430 get ups ?

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2 years ago

<3 ? I remember seeing that hug! Sweet!

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2 years ago

Grand Rocky Hotel Bukittinggi

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2 years ago

I’ll never complain again! I swear!

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2 years ago

Put my kids back in the pool.