~Kate Lohnes, Monitor Staff Writer
Competitive swimming is one of the best-kept secrets in the United States, said Dave Thomas, the southern zone sport development consultant for U.S.A. Swimming (the national governing body for the sport). That isn’t to say swimming is a small sport: it’s actually one of the biggest in the country.
"Swimming is a lot more popular than people realize," he said. "There’s millions of Americans participating in swimming as an activity every day."