First of all, welcome to the big time! The next four years are going to be busy, memorable, and fast. You’re about to join a new swimming family, and it’ll be a little overwhelming at first. Here are a few things I wish I had known going into my freshman swim season!
1. Everyone is excited that you’re there.
The coaches probably spent a long time watching you, calling you, emailing you and setting up recruiting visits for you. You might feel nervous or worried about making friends, don’t be! Everyone on the team has been waiting for you to officially join them, teaching the new freshman is part of the fun being an upperclassman. They want to be your friends. Just talk to them!
2. Make sure you’re on top of your classes before swim season starts
You’ll be spending more time swimming than you ever have before. You’ll have to budget your time with class, practice, and homework. Take the stress out of the academic side of being in season by starting out right! It’s about month from the start of school to the start of swim season. Use this time to set yourself up for a worry-free academic year.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
First practice felt awful? Barely keeping up with the rest of the lane? Never seen a large set with brackets like that? It’s okay! You’re diving into a whole new program with different sets, different coaches, and different schedules! You might not feel amazing right away, and you’ll probably need a little time to adjust. Before you know it, you’ll be right back on track.
4. Get enough sleep.
Believe me, morning practice will be here before you know it and there’s nothing worse than walking into the weight room or pool 15 minutes after the workout started!
5. Relax. You’ve got this.
It’s still just swimming, the same as it’s ever been. You’re here because you’re good enough to swim at the college level. You will be tested this season, but you’re going to be just fine.
This post originally appeared on Ryan Thinks.