Oct. 4, 2006

In the second edition of the Tennessee Swimming and Diving diaries, senior Megan Tomes reflects on her time spent as a Lady Vol swimmer. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has earned nine All-America honors during her time at Rocky Top.

It seems only yesterday I was a typical "deer-in-the-headlights" freshman walking around UT's campus. I got confused on a regular basis as to which "T" [bus] to get on to take me to class. I didn't really understand what "The Hill" meant. I think the hardest thing was going from a family of five to living by myself in a dorm room.

Now, I am a senior planning on graduating in May. All of those grueling practices and hard exams I've endured over the last three years don't even register in my memory. I remember how the girls I have trained with every day have become my second family. I remember all of the fun bus rides and hotel stays at away swim meets. I remember my first Orange versus White meet. I remember in my freshman year we were 25th at the NCAA [meet], and last year we were 12th. I recall when our team said we were going to be an SEC or national championship team, it seemed like a far away dream. Now is not so far away. Where did time go?

Being a Lady Vol swimmer has been challenging, rewarding, stressful and invigorating, just to name a few. Our team has come so far in these four years and I will be proud to say that I was a part of it. I am so excited for our season to get started and for all of us to see the benefits of the hard work we put into practicing every day. I really can't believe that my last Orange versus White meet is next week, and that will mark the beginning of the end of my collegiate swimming career! All I can say is, let's go out there and show the swimming world what we are really made of and have a season that I will never forget!





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