Be a Good Teammate This Championship Season


Dana Vollmer hugs teammate Claire Donahue afer winning gold and setting a world record in the 100 fly. (640)By Lindsay Mintenko//National Team Managing Director

It’s championship season. 


While many of us here at USA Swimming are thinking Rio, I know many of you out there are also thinking about Atlanta later this month. It is an exciting time to be a college swimmer. Representing your university at the NCAA Championships is one of the most rewarding times in your career. The best part about the NCAA Championships is that you compete as a team.


A lot of people do not view swimming as a team-oriented sport, but we all know differently. It is much easier to be at practice at 6 a.m. when you know your teammates are going to be there, too. Not many people understand what you do on a daily basis to be your best, but your teammates do. They understand the hard work and dedication that goes into being a swimmer because they do it right next to you every day.  


To be a good teammate, here are a few tips:

  • Support: It is hard to be successful on your own. By supporting your teammates, they will support you back. 
  • Encouragement: Cheer for your teammates and encourage them in practice. Trust me, it will help you, too. 
  • Guidance: Provide them with guidance when they need it. You are with your teammates more than anyone. You will know when they need it.
  • Friendship: Be a good friend. These are the friends that will last a lifetime.

Remember John Wooden’s quote: “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”


Enjoy Atlanta, and see you in Omaha!