~By Scott Rabalais
A Commentary from the Coach
In four years of SCAD Swimming, the team has established its own identity, one of which we are quite proud. One characteristic of that identity is that as a team, we swim very, very well at our national championships. In other words, when it's time for peak performances, we are at our peak!
There are many reasons behind achieving such a performance level. Perhaps above all, we hold of vision throughout the year of being great at Nationals, and support that vision with hard and smart work throughout the year. We understand that we reap what we sow, and that paying the price is necessary for gratification and results in the end.
As coach, I understand that much of swimming fast has to do with the state of mind of the swimmer -- belief, confidence, living fully in the moment, team support, emotional stimulation, etc. So, while the swimmers are advancing through their recovery phase prior to the championship meet, we are building mental strength in each individual.
One exercise we use prior to Nationals is called "Factors of Phenomenality," a listing by the team of the many reasons SCAD Swimming will be great at the upcoming meet. There were 75 reasons listed, any one of which is a powerful motivational force for peak performance! Just a few of those listed were:
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Ahhh, what it would be like to be young again!