What Would Swimmers Do Without Their Moms’ Support?

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Swim Mom Appreciation

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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46 comments

  1. Shemil Westerborg

    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

  2. Maria Simpkin

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

  3. Carol Roberts

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

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

  5. Kimberly Johnson Short

    ?? 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!

  6. Kirsten Dodd Francis

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

    • Jen Hintz

      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

    • Julie Grigar

      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.

  7. Pamela Wu

    Swim mom became an official just because of them!

  8. 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

  9. Jennifer Hunter

    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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