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They may have won the battle, but they have not won the war.

On Wednesday, we swam against our biggest rival North Point and while the girls won, the boys experienced their first loss.

One thing about Leonardtown is that we know how to win and we certainly know how to lose.

Sportsmanship is very important to our team. We make an honest effort to always be kind, courteous and respectful in every aspect of our sport.

Winning is not the only thing on our agenda as swimming for us is about having a good time while also pushing ourselves and others to be the best they can be.

We knew going in that this would be one of our hardest meets. Our boys rose to the occasion and gave it everything they had. It certainly showed especially when they banded together and had some really awesome swims.

Towards the end of the meet, one of my fellow swimmers on the boys team said something I will never forget.

He said, “No matter what happened to the boys, all they wanted was for the girls to reach the state record for most consecutive wins.” That no matter what the outcome of this meet was for them, all they cared about were the girls and their success.

To me, that shows a lot of camaraderie and selflessness. This meet was a big deal for all of us, and it just goes to show that we really are a family even when things don’t work out for the better. The boys and the girls will always have each other’s backs, no matter what the record is.

All the girls are so proud of our boys for doing their best and giving it their all. They swam with a tremendous amount of heart and displayed great sportsmanship.

And at the end of the day, that’s all that truly matters.

Alex Theriot

Leonardtown senior