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Carolyn Bolden In My Words

In 174 days, I will be a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. I have been given this amazing opportunity by The Sentinel to reflect on something that has been an important part of my last four years at Cumberland Valley: being a member of the swimming and diving team.

We are about one month in to the high school swimming and diving season and at Cumberland Valley we’ve just finished two grueling weeks with twice-daily practices and three meets each week. Spending 12 hours each day at school and balancing our academic priorities is a hectic schedule.

Some days, it’s hard to find the right mindset and to keep our eyes on our end-of-season goals. However, when I look around, I find inspiration all around me, from teammates, coaches, parents, alumni home on college break, former coaches in the stands or the CV Cheerleaders who made an appearance just before our CV men’s team edged out a victory over Parkland last week. There are reminders everywhere that I am part of a much bigger community that is the CV swimming and diving legacy.

The CV natatorium is filled with the accomplishments, records and pictures of past team members, some of who I know and some who I don’t, but who all undoubtedly share the love of the sport and team. I’m grateful for the legacy they’ve left and hope that I will add to the legacy as I move through my final season with the team. The swim season is my favorite part of the school year and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share about it here.

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