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    Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to this site but I've had a few years in the sport of swimming. I've never been on an "official" team however I did spend a few years going to daily swim conditioning classes at the YMCA. I'm no Olympian but I swim pretty well for someone with not much experience. Recently I've really been motivated and feeling the urge to become more enveloped in the sport and hopefully join an actual competitive team. Unfortunately I'm 19 years old and currently going to a college that does not have its own swim team.. I live in the San Antonio area and was wondering if anyone was familiar or knowledgable enough to help me out and inform me with somewhere I could go? I know I'm "old" considering most swimmers start rigid routines around the age of 10, but my dream is to make to the Olympics. (maybe I shouldn't have shared that part but wth) I LOVE swimming and if its worth anything, the coach of my high school swim team tried many times to get me to join.. It wouldn't be a question of dedication, if I absolutely decided to do this I understand the dedication and time it would take to reach the level needed. Even if I didn't make it, I'd love the journey, and even being able to compete in regional events would be amazing. Appreciate all comments!
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    Re: 19 years old and swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceWayne View Post
    Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to this site but I've had a few years in the sport of swimming. I've never been on an "official" team however I did spend a few years going to daily swim conditioning classes at the YMCA. I'm no Olympian but I swim pretty well for someone with not much experience. Recently I've really been motivated and feeling the urge to become more enveloped in the sport and hopefully join an actual competitive team. Unfortunately I'm 19 years old and currently going to a college that does not have its own swim team.. I live in the San Antonio area and was wondering if anyone was familiar or knowledgable enough to help me out and inform me with somewhere I could go? I know I'm "old" considering most swimmers start rigid routines around the age of 10, but my dream is to make to the Olympics. (maybe I shouldn't have shared that part but wth) I LOVE swimming and if its worth anything, the coach of my high school swim team tried many times to get me to join.. It wouldn't be a question of dedication, if I absolutely decided to do this I understand the dedication and time it would take to reach the level needed. Even if I didn't make it, I'd love the journey, and even being able to compete in regional events would be amazing. Appreciate all comments!
    Hi - your age might not be a limitation, depending on your current ability, physical potential and choice of events. We don't know any of these from your post. My suggestion would be to keep the dream, but start by thinking smaller in terms of goals. Set your goals around things like competing in your first structured competition, number of sessions to attend, training time improvement etc first. Enjoy swimming for its own sake. You MAY be young enough to make the Olympics, but you ARE old enough to take part in masters competition as an 'x' or 'senior' age group swimmer, and I'd highly recommend it.

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    Re: 19 years old and swimming?

    I suggest you join a Masters team. Our Places to Swim listings show several options in the San Antonio area:

    Blossom Aquatic Center
    Masters of South Texas (MOST)
    12002 Jones- Maltsberger
    San Antonio, TX, 78216
    Lap Swim / Workout Times: Mo/Tu/Th/Fr 5:15-6:30 am, MWF 10:30-11:45 am, Mon-Fri 12:00-1:00 pm
    Contacts: Pool (210) 491-6132, Susan Ingraham (210) 859-2859
    WebSite: http://mastersofsouthtexas.org
    Miscellaneous Info: $10 Drop-in Fee
    Record Last Updated: 2012-10-09


    Jewish Community Center
    Masters of South Texas (MOST)
    12500 N.W. Military
    San Antonio, TX, 78231
    Lap Swim / Workout Times: Mon-Fri 6:00-7:00 am, 8:30-9:45 am, Sun 9:00-10:00 am
    Contacts: Susan Ingraham (210) 859-2859
    WebSite: http://www.mastersofsouthtexas.org
    Miscellaneous Info: Heated outdoor 25 meter 8 lane pool. $12 Drop-in Fee
    Record Last Updated: 2012-10-09


    Palo Alto College
    Alamo Area Aquatics Association (AAAA)
    1400 W. Villaret Blvd. Building 24
    San Antonio, TX, 78224
    Lap Swim / Workout Times: M-Th 6:45-7:45 p.m.
    Contacts: Nicol Schriner, head coach, nschriner@alamo.edu
    WebSite: http://www.alamo.edu/pac/aquatic-center/team/
    Miscellaneous Info: Free two week trial
    Record Last Updated: 2013-10-09

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    Re: 19 years old and swimming?

    you live in the San Antonio area
    your dream is to make to the Olympics

    you're just 19

    you should train in an excellent club program,
    masters programs won't be challenging enough
    http://www.aaaa-sa.org
    offers many workouts across san antonio
    Find out where the best high schoolers train.

    you should really transfer to a U that has a swim team
    Most University programs have minimum qualifying times to allow swimmers on the team.
    Find out what they are and find out where you are.


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