After working with the Richmond Swim & Dive team a year ago, I quickly grew fond of the ladies on the squad and gained mad respect for their athletic abilities since I can barely swim a full lap in a pool – I wish I was joking. I’m not a water person.
Nevertheless, I do have a tremendous appreciation for both swimmers and divers. The fact that they regularly get up at 5 a.m. for practice only to return to the pool for another afternoon session speaks volumes about the stamina required to be a student-athlete like them at the collegiate level.
Given my affinity for the ladies, the team’s coaching staff and the sports themselves, I gladly obliged when my friend and the team’s assistant, Travis Stensby, asked me to do commentate without me having ever done so before. I’ve done P.A. (public address announcing) in the past, but never play-by-play… or whatever it would be called in swimming.
Thankfully the broadcast was made free for viewers (no one should have to pay to listen to me) and I had two former swimmers co-hosting with me to provide more technical insight into the meet, so my role was largely to facilitate the flow of conversation… and not drop a random f-bomb.
It also helped immensely to do our research beforehand. And while I’ll be generous in saying that the three of us have “limited” combined knowledge of diving, we did have this sweet cheat sheet that allowed us to appear as though we had some clue what we were bantering about during the 1- and 3-meter.
SpiderTV, which ran a baller operation with five cameras throughout the meet, recorded the entire meet along with our award-winning commentary and have made it available for free here.
Check out a few minutes if you have some free time. It’s actually pretty entertaining, and we had a lot of positive feedback afterwards. Someone even said that we made quite the splash.
Okay, that person was me. I know, so lame.