Exactly 1,156 days ago, nine student-athletes walked into the CV natatorium for the first time as high school athletes. This week, those same nine student-athletes were recognized at Cumberland Valley swimming and diving Senior Night. For me, as one of those seniors, I feel like these last four years have gone by too fast.
Every year on Senior Night, our team lines up on deck and forms a tunnel for the seniors to run through. Every year, seniors have different reactions to the tunnel; some are sad, some are excited and some can’t wait to hug their coaches when they reach the end. When I entered the tunnel, I felt all of those emotions at once.
Lost in the sea of red warm ups, snapping camera shutters and the announcement of my name, I felt all the emotions I was told I would feel. The one that shocked me the most was pure joy.
Yes, I am sad to be leaving such an important part of my life behind. Yes, I will miss the team, the coaches, and believe it or not, the early morning practices.
But these last four years with the team have given me so much, including some of my toughest challenges, best friends and most rewarding opportunities.
After this season, the nine of us will graduate and go our separate ways. But I am confident that at some point in the future we will find our way back to the natatorium, laughing and talking about what has happened since we last saw each other. And while this saying may be cliché, it’s true: you’ll always find your way back home.