Swim Team to Race at Park City Invitational


Photo by Ethan Scott

Swimmer Ethan Scott

Being part of a swim team includes waking up at 4:00 a.m. during the school week and driving to Kearns just to swim. According to Ethan Scott, a junior on the Bingham swim team, “It’s a lot of hard work, but in the end, it’s worth it.” Here are some interesting facts about the swim team.

First, the Bingham swim team consists of about 35 swimmers ranging from middle school to high school. During the week there are 10 practices that start early and end late. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday practices start at 5:45 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday start earlier at 5:00 a.m.

Second, one of the most rewarding things about being on the team is learning to work hard and push yourself to the limits. Just like any sport in order to succeed, practice is necessary, Scott says “Attending all the practices will achieve the best results.” Improving your time in meets depends upon working hard during practice because it will help you take off seconds of your time.

Third, swimmers need to buy at least three suits. In the beginning, the team will get a team suit and that is the suit they use during all practices. The tech suit is the one they use for racing and they need to have at least two per season. The reason why they have to buy two per season is that over time the suits slowly start to wear down with all the swim meets and practices.

In addition, the suit they wear can impact their time. When swimming with the tech suit the best lap times they can get per lap is around 30-35 seconds. The tech suit is the best for all races and needs to be maintained in order to function properly. Keeping the tech suit maintained is very important because this suit is used for all the races and will give the best results. After races, the team soaks the suit in cold water to keep it performing best.

Scott has been swimming ever since he was eight. He has only been swimming on the swim team for two years but has learned some valuable lessons. The most important thing he says is “learning how to work hard for the swim team because you don’t survive without it.”

The next meet is the Park City Invitational at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2021.