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Jamie Saffer

Jamie Saffer

March 18, 2009

The NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship meet starts in one day. I cannot describe in words how excited I am to begin swimming. The girls that made the team have been talking a lot about this meet as a group and the word gratitude has come up.

Gratitude is such a dense word. The proper definition is "the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful." When I was thinking about writing this diary entry I had a few things pop into my mind. One of the dogs at my parents' house recently died and I was upset at first, but then it got me to thinking about what life and gratitude means to me.

As far as my dog goes, I am so grateful she brought comfort into my life when I was living in Georgia. She always knew when I was sick or upset, and she would come up to me and put her head in my lap.

I am grateful for my sister and parents, the two people that raised me to be the person I am today. Without them taking me to endless meets when I couldn't drive myself and cheering me on every step of the way just because they love to watch me, I wouldn't be the swimmer I am today.

I am grateful for my teammates. They are the girls (and now volunteer assistant Davis Tarwater, who now swims with us) that know me best and support me. Without them I surely would not be the swimmer I came to be this year.

I am grateful for my coaches (Matt Kredich Jen Arndt) and their patience, their relentless pushing and care, and their desire to make us better as women, not just better swimmers. I'm also grateful for the other people that work with swimming: Tyler Fenwick, Robin Boughey, Kelly Hawkins, Ashley Jahn, Mitch McDonald and our student trainers. Without them, our team would be a mess!

I am grateful for the other people I come in contact with every day. My friends outside of swimming and the support I have outside of the pool I am so grateful to have in my life. I have made some of my best friends through FCA and I am so glad they have made a huge impact on my life spiritually.



God truly blessed me this year, and for that I am so thankful.

At the beginning of the year, our "team" was no team, not yet. By the time we hit winter training though, it was unbelievable how close everyone had gotten. That's when we became teammates. Everyone came to realize we need each other because if you disconnect yourself, it's game over. Each person has a direct impact on the next and that is what a team is. The knowledge of knowing someone is there for you no matter what is so comforting.

I am so proud of these women and what they have become, what WE have become. I am so excited about how things have gone so far and we have one more meet to show the NCAA what kind of team we are. Although we do not have the entirety of all the Lady Vol swimmers and divers here, those of us who are in Texas know they are thinking about us and they are here in spirit.

We are so excited that this meet is finally here and we cannot wait to compete, so ladies... LETS DO THIS!

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