This past weekend, I worked as a timer for
the 2016 SwimFest, the long course championships
for age group swimmers from clubs all over
the state of Indiana.
It is frenetic, crowded and noisy
with the shouts of family and friends
drowning out the sounds of the swimmers'
rhythmic splashing as they swim
the length of the Natatorium's 50-meter pool.
Their slim, fit bodies belie the image
we get of the obese, couch-bound teenager;
these kids are fit, confident, and motivated.
I am pleased to be able to help them
with my time because they also
serve to keep me motivated --
you have no idea how embarrassing
it is to know that a 12-year-old can swim
any of their events in one-half the time
it would take me to do the same.
This pictures were taken after the meet Saturday night.
I was waiting for the bus as the sun set,
and was able to catch the reflections of the fading light
in the windows of the IUPUI Student Union
building across the way.