The first time Marysville Swim Lessons taught me to swim was in the early morning.
At 8:30 a.m., we were taught by a young, beautiful girl named Mary.
She had been a swimming instructor for almost five years, and she’d also been a competitive swimmer for several years.
Mary had a lot of experience.
She’d competed in the US National Championships and the Miss Universe Pageant, and was on the national team at the World Championships in the 1980s.
As a kid, Mary was a very good swimmer.
But her coach told us that she could not swim in the water for more than six hours.
Mary was so excited to learn how to swim.
She wanted to try her hand at swimming.
We tried her out on Saturday morning and she did well.
Mary’s coach gave us the basic instruction to follow.
She took us into a small pool, and we watched the swimmers from a distance.
Mary started out by swimming to the right, but soon moved to the left and went over the line to the middle of the pool.
She kept swimming up and down the line until she was in front of the middle line.
She then started to swim slowly in the middle and to the side.
She did this several times.
The pool seemed to fill up with water.
She was trying to swim from the middle to the sides.
She felt a bit nervous.
We watched the Swimmers slowly move over the pool line, and then we watched her start to swim slower.
Mary began to feel tired and it seemed like she was losing some speed.
At one point, she stopped moving and began to cry.
At that point, her coach took her by the shoulders and told her that she had to slow down and then move back.
Mary did a lot more of this.
She moved faster and then slower, but not too fast.
When we finally reached the middle, we noticed that Mary was having trouble swimming.
She looked up at me and said, “I can’t swim.
I can’t move.
I feel weak.”
Mary was not having it.
She asked her coach to give her a second chance.
Mary told us a story about when she was seven.
She went to a swimming class at Marys pool.
As Marys coach told her story, Mary said, I can do this.
When I asked her what her goal was, she told me she wanted to be a swimmer and get better.
When Marys swimming coach told Mary to focus on swimming, she went from strength to strength.
When she started swimming again, she continued to gain strength and speed.
Mary continued to progress.
We asked her to keep swimming.
Marys coaches coaching continued to say that she needed to improve.
Mary never stopped swimming.
After Marys swim lesson, I went home and wrote down what she had done.
Mary kept improving.
I continued to keep Marys pace.
Mary eventually won the US Swim Championship in 1982.
She would go on to be on the National Swimmers Team in 1984, and again in 1988.
Mary is a legend in Marys hometown.
She is known as the “Swimmer of the Century.”
She has been swimming in the pool since she was eight.
When the swimming competition at Mary’s pool was over, she returned home to tell her mom.
“I’m just going to go out there and see how I do.
I’m going to win this competition.
That’s what I want to do,” she said.
Mary would go back out and compete every year for the next six years.
I asked Mary how she could improve.
“You just need to do your best,” she told us.
Mary always tells me that her coach said to her, “Mary, keep swimming.”
I always say to her that if I can learn to swim like Mary, I will have the same success.
Mary has a daughter named Mary Jane.
She lives in Maryland with her husband, and they both have masters degrees in sports science.