As a 2-year old in swim lessons, I made sure that everyone at the Denver Jewish Community Center knew that I hated the water. In fact, I screamed so loudly that my parents were asked to leave and were refunded the full amount. I know this seems strange coming from a now Aquatics Director but luckily my parents persisted. By the time I was 5-years-old I had graduated from water wings and was allowed to swim in the deep end of the pool. Swimming only got better as I joined my neighborhood summer team, and I knew from a young age that swimming was special and something different.