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Seven Reasons Every Swimmer Should Go to Swim Meets

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy,SwimSwam, 02/12/19, 12:00PM CST

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Realizing that things won’t always go our way, and understanding that the path forward is one we must pave, is a lesson that will come in handy during all stages of life.

Swim meets are a little unforgiving when viewed in a certain manner. You spend months training a countless number of hours, only to have your performance completed in a manner of minutes, with no recourse if you disagree with the numbers on the scoreboard. But on the other hand, they are also places where swimmers learn the value of hard work, of setting and chasing goals, and other life skills including dealing with setbacks, developing sportsmanship, to even just broing down with your fellow swimmers.

Here are 7 reasons every swimmer should go to swim meets:

1. Sportsmanship. In competition we learn the value of sportsmanship.