|This was taken during one of the Parents' Weekends way back in 1991.|
I'm in the center. I got down to 140 lbs that summer, more than 55 pounds lighter
than I am right now.
Unbelievably, Army Swimming is slowly but inexorably closing the gap with Navy.
Sports at West Point have changed a lot since my classmates and I went through, as have opportunities for former swimmers. When we were cadets, the Swim Teams got very little in the way of special treatment. As plebes, we got out of some duties, and we marched in a lot fewer parades than did our classmates over the course of our 47-months, but that was about it. Swimming was essentially a seasonal sport. We swam in-season, and we mostly did what the rest of the Corps did during the rest of the year. Speaking personally, this suited me fine--especially in retrospect--but it was by no means the best way to maximize our performances in the water.
It's not like that anymore. This year's team saw more than a dozen swimmers stay on-post over the summer, taking summer classes (so that they could underload during the academic year) and training in the water. The results speak for themselves. Not only is Army performing better in the classroom, the Army Men's team also put two swimmers into the Olympic Trials, and the Women's team a swimmer into Open Water Nationals. As a whole, both teams are already building the basis for next season's success.
Below, 2LT Chris Szekely (then a firstie) wins the 100 Free at this past year's Army-Navy meet. Szekely is one of the men Army sent to the Olympic Trials this year.
While I'm thinking about it, why waste the opportunity to post the video from my favorite race ever.
Go Army! BEAT NAVY!!!
As I write this, I'm headed into the City to hoist a pint of German beer with my old roomdog Brian. We're headed to Reichenbach Hall, the best, most authentic beer hall in New York.
That spot seemed on-theme. Brian and I both branched Armor out of West Point and went on to serve together in 4-64 Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Hallelujah! I've got a four-day weekend for the 4th of July.
Celebrate America, folks. What a great country!