EDITOR’S NOTE: Jessi Nichols is a member of the Illinois State swim team. A junior at ISU from Florrisant, Missouri. Nichols is double majoring in communications and the legal studies. Her blog will concentrate on her life at ISU as a member of the swim team. 

Collegiate swimming is not something typically glamorized or even talked about in the media. The intention of this blog is to share my experience of this sport and try to represent myself and my teammates to the best of my ability. After 16 years of my participation I think I may have officially broken down the affects this sport has had on my life. Some good, some bad, and some just laughable. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share the day-to-day to readers. 

A lot of people don’t talk about this, but when you decide to sign onto a Division I athletics program you are essentially signing your life away. This sounds pretty dark but it has actually been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Staring at the bottom of a swimming pool for hours at a time can be liberating, if you like to think.

Back and forth, lap after lap, you are pretty much stuck in your own company for the entire duration of a practice. Sometimes people ask me what I think about when I’m swimming. My answer without fail each time is something like, “anything but swimming.” 

Today, as I swam I tried to calculate the amount of reading I would have to do if I kept up with every single one of my classes. Flip turn. Then I thought about what I might have for breakfast this morning, and how many calories I may be burning right now. Breathe. 

JESSI NICHOLS  is a member of the Illinois State swim team and is a blogger fot The Vidette. She can be contacted at jmnich1@ilstu.edu

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