7. How you lose is as important as how you win.
Winning is great, and losing stinks. We can both agree to that. But I believe that how we do both matters more than the outcome.
You will lose many times over the course of your swimming career. You don’t have to like it, but being able to lean across the lane line and shake the winner’s hand means that even though you didn’t conquer the competition you conquered yourself.
Similarly, there will be triumphs and highs during your time iin the pool. Being a champion is more than just being the first swimmer to the wall—it’s being humble in victory, congratulatory to others, and setting an example for those to come.