What Would You Do? In Swimming, Some Decisions Are Easier Than Others

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What Would You Do? Swimming Brings Tough Decisions

There is no better way to learn about someone than asking them difficult questions. While playing the age-old game of “Would you Rather?”, you might be surprised by what you can learn about yourself and others. Since there is no right or wrong answer, it’s up to each individual to make their own decision. Playing with teammates, friends, or family can be a fun way to ignite a debate. If you want to start interesting conversations, ask the other players, “why?” when they choose their answers. Odds are, they will mention something that you never considered.

Listed below is a set of 15 swimming-related questions ranging from hypothetical to fun to difficult. For a challenge, see if you can pick an answer to every question. Have fun!

1. When swimming the 1650, would you rather…

Lose your cap during the race or break your goggles right before it starts?


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2. Would you rather…

Jam a finger into the wall, or whack your hand against the lane line?


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3. At practice, would you rather…

Swim only butterfly for a week straight, or cry/quit?


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4. Would you rather…

Have the speed of Caeleb Dressel or the endurance of Katie Ledecky?

5. Would you rather…

Swim two races back to back, or sit for hours in between?

6. Would you rather…

Get a calf cramp during the main set, or throw up when the set is over?

7. Your team needs this relay to win the meet. Would you rather…

Swim the first leg of your relay knowing you need a big lead, or swim the anchor leg with a slight lead?

8. Would you rather…

Have the ability to breathe underwater, or have the power of unlimited kick speed?


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9. Would you rather…

Get DQd every time you swim a best time, or never swim a best time again?

10. It’s your championship meet, would you rather…

Get five second-place finishes, or become the champion in one race?

11. Would you rather…

Swim races in a hot pool, or swim morning practice in a freezing pool?

12. Right before racing the 200 fly, would you rather…

Do 20 pushups or 30 squats?


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13. On meet day, would you rather…

Put on a tech suit two sizes too small, or rip the right size suit while putting it on?

14. Meet warmup starts at 7 a.m. Would you rather…

Wake up two hours earlier and get your own lane, or get in on time and swim in a lane with 12 others?

15. While swimming the 200 free, would you rather…

Not be able to breathe between the flags, or not be able to touch the wall on your flip turns?

Swimming is a personalized sport. It is all about what you would rather do. What do your answers say about you?

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


  1. avatar
    maureen fahey

    Love it! Some tough ones in there! Great job Maggie! What are you’re answers?

  2. avatar
    MaryEllen Perrotti

    Another great article! Always though
    In your writing! I hope you always
    continue to write and spread your
    love of the sport. This girl needs to be
    hired as a full time writer! Looking
    forward to the next one!

  3. avatar
    MaryEllen Perrotti

    Your writing continues to amaze me!
    I hope you continue to write atfter your
    Internship. Someone needs to hire this
    talented write! Waiting to see what you
    write next.

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