For three North Augusta High School students, swimming is not just a seasonal thing.
It’s an important part of their everyday life.
Eric Collins, Nicole Fuller, and Kelsey Williams won state swimming titles and honors last fall: male swimmer of the year, female swimmer of the year and all-state girls swimming, respectively.
However, competition hasn’t stopped for the trio.
Nicole and Kelsey participate in the Greater Augusta Swimming league. Eric participates with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League. Both groups are year-round swim leagues.
There’s a lot more to swimming than what meets the eye, said Nicole.
“You really have to take care of your body,” the 16-year old said, noting they have to watch what they eat and exercise regularly in and out of the water.
Like other sports, swimming also teaches life lessons.
“You learn how to push yourself,” said Kelsey, 16. “You learn what you need to work on and you work on it. You strive to do better each time.”
Swimming year-round also means managing time well, added Eric, 18.
Despite the hard work, it’s well worth it, he said.
“Whatever you do, you get out of it what you put into it,” he said. “Swimming is no different. It’s hard work, but you can really enjoy it too.”
It’s a sport they encourage other youth to try if they’re willing to work hard and be dedicated to the sport.
“If they want to do something different, do swimming,” said Nicole.