As is the case for a lot of the adult swimmers I've met, my fascination with swimming and the pool came from swimming growing up. I swam from 9 years old through high school. In the mid-90s, I joined a Masters swim team in Loma Linda, California. I swam with that team for about 2-3 years. It was during that time I completed my first (and as of now my only) open water swim, the 1996 La Jolla Rough Water Swim.
I returned to Masters swimming in 2011, when the city aquatics center was forming a Masters swim group. After about a year or so, we formally formed a United States Masters Swimming team, the Fontana Flyers. In the years that followed, I participated in approximately 12-15 USMS swim meets in southern California from 2011-2015.
With my new home in Wisconsin, I've struggled to find the time to get into the pool. I hope that as time goes by, I will be able to spend more time in the pool and get to where I was when I was swimming with the Flyers.