During the fall trimester Max Damon ‘17 has pursued his interest in swimming with an independent under the watch of Elizabeth Mahoney. His swimming independent has consisted of tri-weekly visits to the 6:00 am swimming session at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club. Max credits this independent to strengthening his swimming skills.
Here is his take on the project:
What made you decide to pursue a swimming independent?
I started swimming when I was one and instantly found that I loved it. In middle school I was on my school’s swim team, and when I saw an opportunity at Thacher to continue this passion I decided to take it.
How does your swimming independent work?
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I get up at 5:30 a.m. and leave with either Ms. Mahoney or Ms. Perry for the Ojai Athletic club at 5:40 a.m. In the afternoons I either do homework, work out in the gym, or practice with the volleyball team.
How have you enjoyed it?
It’s been a lot of fun because I love swimming. To have the opportunity to swim and still complete my work in a timely manner has been amazing.
How do you think your independent affected your swimming?
It has made be a much better swimmer. I have seen this improvement as the season has progressed through my ability to complete our swim sets with more ease than before. Also, my pace times have gotten a lot better across the board. My most profound advancement has been in backstroke, where I have gotten very fast.
Anything you would like to add?
I am so thankful to have been approved for an independent that allows me to pursue a sport I am extremely passionate about and that makes me very happy. Also, swimming with Ms. Mahoney is very intimidating because she is so fast, but she encourages me to go faster.