The Journey towards the Wall

A groupie session after a tiring swim practice. ©Monique Gubatao
A groupie session after a tiring swim practice. ©Monique Gubatao

The swimmers from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) only had one aim, to reach the wall in the fastest time possible in order to win an award.

Their journey started on the last week of July 2014. Their coach, Ms. Monique Gubatao, posted an ad on the bulletin board which encouraged all swimming enthusiasts from CAS to try-out for the CAS swim team. Luckily, eleven swimmers responded to the call – Carl, Niko, John, Gian, Dane, Quinn, Mari, Micah, Michelle, Margaret, and Precious.

These amateur swimmers started as strangers but eventually came out as friends because of the trainings they had to go through.

“I liked the training this year,” Margaret said in an interview. She had also joined the CAS swim team last year. “It’s more intense. Not only did it improve my form and speed, I have also found new friends in the process.”

Who wouldn’t? The CAS Swim Team trains thrice a week. They jog in Abellana on Tuesdays and Thursdays while they do swim drills on Saturdays at the USC Swimming Pool.

“The jogging part was tiring,” Michelle remarked. “I’d prefer to swim lots of laps than jog around the oval for several times.”

Aside from group trainings, these swimmers also train by themselves. Carl and Micah particularly train every day.

“I’m anxious of my speed,” Carl said. “My opponents are very experienced. I’d like to give them a good game. Practicing everyday would increase my speed and my stamina. Thus, I could fairly fight with the experienced guys.”

CAS Swim Team cheering up before the events started. Their chant was, “Where’s the wall? Go CAS!” ©Quinn Sayson
CAS Swim Team cheering up before the events started. Their chant was, “Where’s the wall? Go CAS!”
©Quinn Sayson

On the day of the swim events, everyone was anxious. But coach Monique gathered the swim team together, gave them words of encouragement and prayed together with them. In the end, the CAS swim team did not get even a single medal. However, their spirits were not dampened.

“There’s still next year,” Micah remarked. “We’ll train harder and bag all the gold next year. Go CAS!”

The other swimmers in the team shared the same sentiments as Micah. They even suggested that they start training the week after intramurals.

The cheerful swim team of CAS AY 2014-2015. ©Precious Gandia
The cheerful swim team of CAS AY 2014-2015.
©Precious Gandia

That’s the undying spirit of the amateur swimmers of the CAS Swim Team. Individually, they are just but a drop in the large pool, but together as a team, they make waves.

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