Tell Us Why Your Swim Mom Is The Best For Mother’s Day

Help us celebrate Mother’s Day!

Tell us why your swim mom is the best and we’ll post the top three on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th. We’ll accept submissions through Saturday morning May 10th, 9am CST. 

Email your swim mom shoutouts to:

[email protected]

Include your name please, and your swim mom’s if you like. If you have a photo of you and your swim mom, please share as well.

The first of the top three posted on Sunday will be the winner.  We’ll email the winner back and send you and your swim mom a SwimSwam T-shirt!

The swimming community stands on the shoulders of swim moms, and dads and grandparents and older siblings and legal guardians, but since it’s Mother’s Day, it’s all about mom this week.

Here’s mine:

My mom was tireless when it came to my swimming, and my sisters’. When I was 7-8 years old and my sister was 9-10, mom coached us every day. We were between teams and she was determined that we would not get out of shape.  I can’t say they were the most exciting practices in the world, but we did learn to do 50 laps of butterfly straight. That was practice often times, 50 laps of each stroke, a few drills, then short sprints. Later, when I was 13, mom sat me down and drew up a game-plan to make it to the Olympic Games. I used that game-plan for the Olympics, building businesses, and reaching most goals throughout life. Great moms make a great life, and I love and thank her for all she sacrificed and did raising me. Now, in middle age, that love and appreciation grows even more seeing my wife’s influence in my daughter’s life. Love you, Mom! 

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Kara Prisk

My mom is a swim coach through and through. She trains me especially hard. She has really helped me. I remember when I was in a cast and I continued swimming. Of course I did meets! I never would of made it through a 200 without her cheering me on.


My experience is actually the exact opposite, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My mom didn’t know a thing about swimming aside from which stroke was which and [maybe] IM order. I was the kind of kid who would push back if she pushed me, so she left that to my coaches and allowed me to find my own motivation. Every race, no matter how bad, elicited a genuine “Great swim!” or “Well, I thought you did really well.” Allowing me to cultivate a desire to go faster that was entirely my own is one of the things that I believe has kept me motivated to stay in shape even in my post-college years. Thanks, ma!

Pete McCormick

My mom drove me to thousands of practices, hundreds of meets, taught half the neighborhood to swim and then race. Swim parties shave parties awards parties. That is why she has H2OMOM license plate. She is the bomb mom!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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