Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Watching the Olympic events on television this week I have been amazed at the hard work and dedication that the athletes have.
Training for the Olympics starts very young and all of the athletes have to have dedication, committment and focus. Right here in the Recreation Department there are athletes accepting the challenge to work to be their best. Jamie Grimes, a coach at the Montgomery Aquatic Center, knows first hand the effort and dedication that it takes to be a successful swimmer. Grimes accomplished what most only dream about when he had the opportunity to compete in the 2000 Olympic trials.
To compete at such a high level, these committed competitors of RMSC have to dedicate about 20 hours per week to swimming, in addition to keeping up with challenging academic requirements. To be competitive, the athletes must participate in a year round training program, which includes not only swimming, but an intense physical land training program such as weight training and running. Many of the kids in the seniors group are working toward competing at a national level or towards the Olympic trials.
The Aquatics Division of the Montgomery County Recreation Department is home to one of the largest and most successful swim teams in the country, the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). This program is run jointly by the Rockville City and Montgomery County recreation departments. For the past three years, RMSC has been ranked #1 in the country for the Virtual Club Championships by USA Swimming. For those of you who are not swimming savvy, it is a pretty big deal.
When you hear complaints about “kids today” you might consider the dedication, commitment and hard work that these young County athletes put forth to make RMSC one of the most successful. All of the competitors have earned a BIG T-Recs salute!
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