8 years of my life have been dedicated to swim, don’t get me wrong it’s a hard sport but I LOVE it. I love the feeling that you get when you get first place and beat everyone, or when it’s raining and you’re standing in line waiting for your turn to race then next thing you know you’re in the water fighting for first place.When I first started swimming I didn’t like it, I would actually hate going to practice. But as the time passed I got use to schedule of swimming everyday. Everyday I would thrive to get better. I would always give practices 100% so when competitions came I would make my team proud. The team I practice and compete with is called Orange County Riptide Aquatics , our practices range from 6-8 and during summer Junior Olympics I have morning practice also. I already knew that when I was in high school without a doubt I was going to tryout for the swim team. And I did. My freshman year I made the varsity team. I was so happy because I really wanted to compete with the fastest people from division 1 schools. As freshman year went by I found out that I was really good at the 200 I.M and the 500 Freestyle. My coach was able to put me in any event except Breaststroke. Sunset league finals were right around the corner and I was pumped to kick butt. I really wanted to do good so I was practicing 1 hour extra on top of a 4 hour workout everyday. The day of finals I was in the zone all day, for lunch I ate a peanut butter sandwich with a banana and a fruit punch gatorade. I had 4 events to swim that day and wasn’t nervous for any of them. I got 1st place in both of my relays, 4th in my 500 freestyle with an amazing time, and 1st in the 200 I.M. After my races I was so glad that I had the coach and the team members who motivated me to do really good. My Freshman year ended and I was ready to start my Sophomore year with a fantastic start, but as it was pre-season my sister and I noticed that everybody has changed. No one was the same, but we acted as if nothing happened until one day everybody was acting all cocky, snooty, and thinking they were better than everyone else. One day I just couldn’t take it so I stopped talking to the whole Varsity except my friend who were on varsity, but I started talking more to the people on JV or Frosh-Soph. I started distancing myself from team in weight room or wouldn’t go to any of the pasta parties. I loved weight room but hated the people in it, I enjoyed working out every morning before school but was so annoyed by the thing my team would do. They would talk while doing sets, or would dance instead of giving it 100%, or this one girl who I won’t even say her name because I made it clear that the last time I talked to her that I HATED her she would try to get guy’s attention instead of doing what she was there for. Imagine having to deal with that for 3 months. No thanks you. It would be a constant annoyance hearing them even try to talk. All the guy and the girls were just annoying to stand next to. If I got paired with one of them I would IMMEDIATELY ask to be paired with my sister because both of us couldn’t stand them. All the guys and girl thought that they were “the shit” but they were any regular kid swimming on a team. If only it was possible to show them how immature they were acting. To the coach they were his little proteges but they WEREN’T! He would just favorite them or not give a crap about anyone else except his “Club Kids”. It would be constant that he would drag me into his office and tell me that the other swimmers wouldn’t like my attitude, but I wonder why? MAYBE BECAUSE I DIDN’T LIKE THEM! This one time I got called into his office because this one girl. (is a backstabber, she is two faced and CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED!) was eavesdropping on a conversation on how my other coach(Coach Adam) was saying that she had to suck it up because she was having back problems and that she is always hurt, and then she thought that it would be okay to all of a sudden come in and say UMMM YOU CAN’T TALK BAD ABOUT HER BECAUSE IT ISN’T HER FAULT AND SHE’S NOT HER SO I HAVE TO DEFEND HER. My sister looked at her and said um excuse me did you hear everything that I said NO so you can just shut up if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Then she just starts bickering with my sister and then I come in and right as i’m going to say something she says UM I WASN’T TALKING TO YOU. And then I came at her like like godzilla and told her um we weren’t talking to you in the first place , and then you have the audacity to just come into our conversation no it doesn’t work like that. Then I told her the truth “ YOU ARE A LITTLE BRAT AND THE WORLD DOESN’T REVOLVE AROUND YOU” after I said that I felt so happy because I finally got to tell her how I felt about her. After that she went crying like a little baby to the coach and obviously he was going to believe her because he hated my sister and I. So right as I enter the pool deck he was already waiting for me. I really didn’t care what he was going to say because I lost all respect to him. He talked to me and my sister seperate as if I didn’t see with my own eyes what she had done. So I told him everything that I said and he obviously didn’t care what I saying and had the nerve to tell me “ Well anyone could have misinterpreted that situation” and I was like not if you have ears because we were talking loud and clear. Then he didn’t let me see my sister until after he talked to her , and after he said that we need to stop about people behind their backs and I was like “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! After that I have never realised that I could have so much hate for one person. I still can’t believe that I was friends with all those jerks. Everyday I would be reminded that I only liked 3 people on the team (not including my sister). They would just make me so mad that I would just end up having thoughts in the back of my mind about why I am still on this team? is this worth it? Why not just stay in club and not do high school swim? I loved to swim, and the weight room but hated everything else like the pasta parties, or the group bonding, and the team meetings. It was just a time where all the people I didn’t like got together and acted like a bunch of idiots. Then one day a VERY important day of my life that I will cherish for the rest of my life happened. It was a regular day driving to practice at Los Cab checking into the desk then getting ready for practice. My sister and I were a little late but of course there goes the annoying coach WHY ARE YOU GUYS LATE, EVERYONE ELSE IS IN ON TIME! In the corner of my eye while i’m putting on my cap, I see his favorite swimmer Josh coming late and rolled my eyes cause the coach said nothing to him! And of course he say that and kicked me out of practice, so I got sat on the chairs, then HE KICKED MY SISTER PUT TO! Because apparently she was eyeing him. So my sister took of her cap and told me “Let’s go, I’m not taking his crap anymore” and I was shocked, because she has said that she would quit for over 1 month and my mom and I never thought she would have the guts to do it. And as we are leaving the coach said” If you guys are going to be leaving for something so frivolous then you guys are going to get kicked out of the team and you won’t be able to come back. ( to my sister) You’re supposed to be setting a good example to you sister and this is what you are going to do. This has been happening constantly me kicking you guys out and why is that, because of your guys’s attitudes. They need to change.” And as my sister tries to talk he just continues over him. When he leaves to the pool where the other swimmers are my sister looks at me and said,” What do you want to do.” I told her that I didn’t want to stay on the team because this was constantly, getting kicked out every week and the talks. And she agreed with me SO WE LEFT! As we were leaving our teammates were screaming our names, but we just kept walking as if nothing happened. We drove to school right away to drop the class, and on the way we called our mom and she was happy/proud about us. So later that day it’s around 8 and we receive a call to my home phone, so I picked it up and said hello? And I had no idea of who this was, and then when I hear the name mike I didn’t even know who it was so I passed the phone to my mom and she puts it on speaker and it was my coach! He said,” I think that Vanessa and Melissa has misinterpreted what I said, I would like to set up a meeting to explain the whole thing.” And my mom said No if they quit it’s a reason, i’m not going to force them to do something they don’t want to do. And he just hung up like that, no goodbye or I understand. And 2 weeks after we quit he come up to me one day at lunch and said if I wanted to swim for the team Sunset League finals, and I said if you get my sister to swim then yes but if not NO! My sister and I were afraid that he had told the team that he kicked us out but then we knew he didn’t because after the day we quit the whole Varsity and some of the JV team hated my sister and I. And to make it a better victory for us the sim team had a meet against Edison next week, and without my sister and I they were losing 8 events! And still to this day they don’t talk to me. They were calling us names and spreading rumors about us but I really didn’t care. As of today the swim coach won’t even look at me. My mom made me quit swim for ever and I was heartbroken. I loved swim and planned to do it in college but my dream was over.But i am really glad that my sister made the decision to quit swim, because now I have a team that I actually care about Cross Country.