~By Kathy Villarreal, mother of Monica
I've always known about the amazing benefits of swimming -- the excellent cardio-vascular workout with few, if any, injuries; the satisfaction of setting goals, training hard, and seeing success at swim meets; the friendships made with swimmers from all over the city and state; and the knowledge that swimming is a sport that is lifelong. Having been a competitive swimmer myself, I encouraged all my children to swim. They started with the summer swim league and eventually became year-round swimmers. For the past five years, my family has been active at Northside Aquatics (410 pool) and today four of my five children are enrolled in the various club programs. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of swimming, but I didn't realize the impact that swimming had on my children's lives, that is, not until my child contracted staph pneumonia and nearly died.
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