We went to the state 4A Swim &Dive championship on Feb. 17 to cheer for our home team, the Snohomish Panthers. They were the defending champions and going for a repeat. We watched as they not only won the 4A crown, but captured what many consider the holy grail of swimming by besting the 200-meter medley relay record, set by Wilson High School in 1990.
All of this pales in comparison to watching the countless acts of camaraderie, team spirit and sportsmanship exhibited by each and every participant. Swimmers who finished eighth were greeted with hugs and high fives. First-place finishes and national All-American times were wildly cheered by swimmers and fans alike.
Parents, you should be proud. Race after race and dive after dive, the athletes shook hands and congratulated one another. There was no posturing, no insults, no trash-talking. It was high school sport at its best. Congratulations to the winners; there were no losers. And thank you for a scintillating day of sports.