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Calling oneself an "NCAA champion"

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by , March 25th, 2015 at 10:57 PM (1161 Views)
I'd really like to know....

Since we're all about watching NCAAs right now...

If you swim on a college team but either don't make NCAAs or you don't score points at NCAAs, would you differentiate that when telling someone about your team? For example, would you say, "We won NCAAs" and let everyone assume you were a scoring member of the team, or would you say, "I swam with a bunch of guys who scored the points to win NCAAs", very humbly pointing out your lack of point contribution?

I suppose I ask because there's guy who swam for a team that won NCAAs and he's always trying to lord it over us who didn't. But often he's the only one in our group who DIDN'T score any points at NCAA - individual or relay. Perhaps I should just ask him next time, how he rationalizes calling himself an NCAA champion when he's the only one in the lane who didn't score any points, and if that is awkward for him.

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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Someone on a masters team trying to "lord" it over others?! I can't stand people like that. If I were you, I would get in a well placed barb. Not just because he's annoying, but because he might be making other people there feel badly or less welcome. I hope people are rolling their eyes when he goes into self-congratulatory mode.
    Updated March 26th, 2015 at 05:20 PM by The Fortress
  2. jaadams1's Avatar
    I wouldn't use something like that against a person. Sure, it's good to say you were on the team that won the NCAA champs, even if you didn't score any points. He probably did help a lot during the dual meet season picking up those 3rd places, etc. I claim being an NAIA National Champion, but that's cause I was individually 4 times over two years. As a team we placed 3rd for our highest during my time in college. I don't sit back and rub it in people's faces though (maybe ThatGuy's), but that's just being childish.
  3. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Someone on a masters team trying to "lord" it over others?! I can't stand people like that. If I were you, I would get in a well placed barb. Not just because he's annoying, but because he might be making other people there feel badly or less welcome. I hope people are rolling their eyes when he goes into self-congratulatory mode.
    I think he's just really insecure, the type who has to try to put other people down in order to make himself feel better. Not my type of masters swimmer at all.
  4. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    I wouldn't use something like that against a person. Sure, it's good to say you were on the team that won the NCAA champs, even if you didn't score any points. He probably did help a lot during the dual meet season picking up those 3rd places, etc. I claim being an NAIA National Champion, but that's cause I was individually 4 times over two years. As a team we placed 3rd for our highest during my time in college. I don't sit back and rub it in people's faces though (maybe ThatGuy's), but that's just being childish.
    James, you are awesome!! In your case, you are an individual and team champion! And you have a great attitude that is inclusive of your fellow teammates. But this guy truly didn't score points at NCAAs. I'll just point out to him that when I say "we" in means, including myself. But when he says "we", it means "all the other guys who scored the points to win the NCAAs".