The best part of the swimming meets is the planning and the journey and the taking part, making friends and enjoying the atmosphere.
Of course winning is nice too but it can’t always be. It is all part of growing up, forming character, getting into healthy habits and having fun.
I can almost always predict, according to the qualifying time, whether that time has been achieved on a long or short course meet and by looking at the other participants in the field, how my placing is going to be.
Hardly ever will anybody achieve a last-minute 30+ second PB because that is often the difference between the last and first place in a level 1 meet.
I could not expect to say I have to win or I am out, I say, lets take part and improve my performance and build on the experience.
As swimming is for life, having radical ideas of winning or never doing it again, are simply not acceptable. I expect to swim forever and could not say that I think not winning at a regional competition would put an end to my performance swimming career.