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Becoming the second All-American in program history, Osvath placed 15th in the nation in the breast with a new personal and program record.
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The Hungary native competed in the breast as well, placing 39th in the event. Thomas competed valiantly, earning appearances in the and free. Missouri State continued its trend of participating and appearing at the national level during the season. Osvath eventually placed a personal-best 17th in the breast, the second-highest finish at the NCAA Championships in school history.
Collins also helped guide the MSU squads to achievements in and out of the water during the season. The season proved to be one of the most memorable in Missouri State swimming and diving history, with both the men and women sweeping their respective conference titles.
The men won their 19th conference championship in school history and their first as a member of the Mid-American Conference, while the women earned their seventh straight Missouri Valley Conference title and their 11th overall.
The Bears were also recognized by Collegeswimming. Sophomore qualifier Paul Le became the first swimmer in school history to score points at NCAAs with a top finish in the yard backstroke, earning him Division I All-American honorable mention recognition. By Tatiana Fields I know that many people will be probably be surprised to see swimming in a series of columns on the best sport and will think it has no place next to basketball, baseball, tennis, and soccer.
I now set out to prove to you that not only is swimming a real and challenging sport, it is also undeniably the best sport. Unlike most of the popular sports, swimming is an individual sport, which puts massive amounts of pressure on each athlete.
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In other sports, individual performance is still celebrated and remains crucial to success, but you cannot succeed without at least some help from your teammates. A world-class soccer player on a crappy team will not be able to progress in her sport despite abundant individual talent, and on the flip side, having teammates on the field or the court lessens at least some of the stress of competition.
Sure, you have the support of your teammates on the sidelines and in practices, but you compete on your own. This makes swimmers very intense, driven athletes, more so than any other sport because their success is entirely and solely dependent on themselves. There is an aspect of team competition in meets that tally team totals, but individual performance is really what matters.
Competing alone gives swimmers unique mental strength that trumps that of any other sport. In addition, much of swimming is internal, with just you competing against your time and striving for personal improvement against the stopwatch, which none of the previous sports can claim.SHHS Maroon & Gold Girls Medley Relay
Not only do you compete by yourself, you also race against yourself, which separates swimming from most every sport besides cross country and track and field. You are only working to better your own times against your previous ones, but once you pass a certain threshold, it only gets harder and harder to continue to improve.
In other sports, skill can be relative depending on whom you are competing against, but the stopwatch never lies.
As a result of this, swimming requires immense introspection and discipline, making it more challenging than other sports. This mental strength is also key for the extensive amount of training swimmers endure.
Practices are morning and evening, rain or shine.