Mental toughness important to success in swimming

The sun has barely been up for an hour on an August morning wrapped in humidity and the members of the Navarre swim team are already hard at work in the YMCA pool.

Swimming is a sport that requires a great deal of endurance and strength. But mental toughness also needs to be part of the equation if a swimmer hopes to have success during the season.

“Mentally, swimming pulls a lot out of you,” Navarre head coach Mary Moorer said. “Having to be here at 5 (a.m.) isn’t easy. Your mental toughness needs to be there to get through it.”

Sophomore Olivia Sczesny learned that last year in her first season with the Raiders. Having been through the grueling routine before helps but it doesn’t mean her muscles feel any less sore after two hours of practice each day of the week.

“It’s hard because all you do is swim,” Sczesny said. “You go back and forth and back and forth in the pool, switching up the strokes along the way. Sometimes when you wake up the next morning you just want to sleep. But you have to keep going.”

Junior Zach Sutton agrees that it can be difficult to not want to hit the snooze button and stay in bed for another 10 or 20 minutes.

Read the full story in the Aug. 27 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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