I respect those swim kids who are putting all of those hours in, it is tough work. But are we taking a sport that used to be the most fun sport around and turning it into a job?
When I was a kid (quite long ago), summer swim team days were the best. Waking up at dawn, riding your bike to the pool, hanging out with fellow swimmer besties at your favorite summer spot, green hair, those swimmer tans. ... And who can forget those all day Saturday swim meets with jello jigglers and facing your swimming foes from neighboring towns.
So, of course, as soon as my kids got to the right age I was ecstatic to sign them up for our summer swim team. I was back!! Except ... swimming is now a little different than it was when I was a kid.