The Boiling Point: Swimming for Seniors
Sam Pearson

Feb. 1, 2012

This is the Boiling Point, the official blog of the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team, penned by junior swimmer Samantha Pearson. In this installment, Sam writes about the emotion the team swam with in its dual-meet victory over Michigan State last Friday (Jan. 27), which honored the team's seven-member senior class.

"Leaders and the Best."

We all got a little teary eyed when we got to that part of our beloved fight song last Saturday at Canham. Our seven seniors have proven themselves to be the leaders and the best throughout their four years at Michigan, and it was great to cap off their dual-meet career with a win against Michigan State!

We started off the meet with an introduction of our senior class, and as they ran under our team bridge, it was hard not to get goose bumps. The seniors each received a class picture that was taken at the law quad (the most beautiful place on campus, aside from Canham of course) at the beginning of the year. It is crazy to think how fast this season has gone! This senior class has shown the rest of the team what it means to be a fighter, as all of them have dealt with numerous physical and emotional challenges, but none of them have ever given up. With the team recognizing that, we went in to the meet against MSU wanting to not only win for Michigan but for the seniors as well.

It felt great to have our 24th straight win against MSU, and it felt even better to do it as a family. This week's shoutouts go to the entire team, as we won 15 of the 16 events on Saturday! It was great watching people step up in events they normally don't swim, and still swim with just as much pride. Our team definitely realized what Michigan pride is all about as we watched the seniors swim their hearts out in the pool for the last time on the relay, and then watched Amanda Lohman take her final dive off the springboard.

Aside from singing the fight song together in front of Michigan fans, which is the best part of any meet, we ended the night with one final tradition. Warming down together in the diving well, we did our last two laps together "synchro style." It is something that we work on from the beginning of the season, as getting 26 swimmers to swim across the pool in one straight line (taking each stroke at the same time) is quite a challenge. Yet the final lap for us was about as close to perfect as you can get, and it was great to officially end the dual meet season together as a team.

As of today there are only two more weeks until BIG TENS!!!!! We are all getting so excited, especially since taper time is finally here! We are more than prepared to represent the block M in Iowa, and as we have done for the entire season, bleed Maize and Blue in every race!


- Samantha

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