Have you ever watched an Olympic sport and thought “I can do that”? And then eventually you realize it’s a little too late to become an Olympic athlete? Well at CB, it is never too late to gain a new passion for a sport. Whether you have no experience, some experience, or all of the […]
Have you ever watched an Olympic sport and thought “I can do that”? And then eventually you realize it’s a little too late to become an Olympic athlete? Well at CB, it is never too late to gain a new passion for a sport. Whether you have no experience, some experience, or all of the experience, every sport at CB has open doors and equal opportunities for anyone who wants to tryout for or join a team.
Evidently, the more common sports that most people take an interest in are the CB aquatics: Swim, Dive, and Water Polo. This past season we’ve had a shocking amount of seniors come out to CB aquatics for the first time — some making a comeback, others making a debut.
Justin Kim (’19) was the first to test out the tides in Men’s Water Polo.
“I got put in a P.E. class with a bunch of water polo kids and they convinced me to come out,” he says.
The senior says when he first started, however, he didn’t quite have his sea legs.
“It’s so hard — to try and do a swimming sport is way way different,” he said. “My legs are coordinated in a ground sport, not swimming, so trying to propel myself out of the water and tread was a very hard for me”.
He had no knowledge of the sport and had no idea it would ever be something he would take on.
“I never even thought about it — it was one of those sports I thought was kind of lame, but it ended up kicking my butt and really pushing me. It got me in good shape”.
No matter how hard this sport was on him, Justin kept working, or “shooting his shot” as he’d say,
“On senior night everyone was chanting my name…I had to put a few goals in there,” he says. “I mean none of them went in the goal, but it was still a good shot”.
The physical aspect was only part of the experience for Justin. After bonding with an entirely different team, meeting a ton of new friends, and finding new respects for sports he knows nothing about, Justin now looks at every athlete with a new perspective.
When the spring time rolled around, Justin took off his Men’s Water Polo Section Title hat and put on his CB baseball hat to prepare for a new season. Meanwhile, Macy Richey (’19) was suiting up and stretching out for the sport that has become quite popular in the past few years: dive. This sport is a complete 180 for Macy. Before this, she had only played basketball and golf, which clearly didn’t last for her.
“I wasn’t very interested in golf and basketball was not a good experience for me”,” she says.
Instead of sticking with the sports she wasn’t into anymore, she asked around for new ideas and finally came to the conclusion that she should try diving.
“A lot of my friends do dive and they always like talk about it and I wanted to do it last year, but because of basketball I wouldn’t have started until half way through the season.”
Macy didn’t lose hope her junior year — she made a decision to quit basketball and try and focus on dive.
“Over the summer I dove for the CB coaches,” she says. “I took their classes and I was with a bunch of eight year olds”.
These classes showed Macy just how tough dive really is. But if anyone knows Macy, they know her stubborn work ethic takes more than a few flexible eight-year olds to make her give up. During this upcoming season, Macy plans on staying concentrated and having fun while trying out the new sport.
Though swimming contains a fair amount of diving, there is a lot more splashing and shorter boards. Carmen Singer (’19) stepped up to her block and took a chance on the infamous sport of swimming. This sport was quite the change for Carmen — after playing varsity tennis her freshman year, she decided she was too bored with the sport and took a break from CB athletics. Her senior year finally approached, and she decided she was ready for a change.
“I swam for the city last year, and I decided ‘why not swim for Christian Brothers too?'” Carmen stated.
The new swimmer has worked her way up from the kiddie pool to lane five in just one week. She has high hopes for herself this season and nothing to stop her from reaching her goals.
“I want to get my 50 [yards] sprint under 30 seconds,” she says. “I’m at a 32 right now so I can do it”.
With high hopes for her season, Carmen will definitely impress the CB athletic community.
Though these new aquatic athletes all play different sports, they have the same advice to any student wanting to try out a new sport. Justin Kim said it best,
“I’d give it a shot,” Justin says. “It was actually a really good experience and I learned a lot from it and it was a really good way to meet new people”
If you want to try a new sport your senior or even junior year…send it.