Tritons' Seniors' Words of Wisdom

What do swimmers gain from being on the Tritons? What should current and future Tritons know about being on the team? Our 2017 graduating 8th graders offer some insight into the team and individual experience and reflect on their years of participation in Manhattan Youth's Tritons Swim Team!


We are gathered here today to celebrate our epic eight grade swimmers, all of whom are amazing. :) It has been lovely talking with everyone whom I've gotten to know over the past few years. I will always remember the tough times doing too many sprints in a row, and racing against someone who didn't know I was racing them! All of the coaches have been incredibly supportive of me and have helped me not only in swimming, but in growing up. The one piece of advice I will leave you with is to always try your best no matter how tired you are because if you don't, you will most likely regret it. And with that, I will thank each and every one of you for your outstanding efforts.

Nina G.


Being on the team has been a really great experience. I am thankful for everyone who has helped and supported me on the team. I have only been on the team for two years, but I got to know everyone on the team: coaches, other swimmers, and other staff. I was scared I wouldn't know anyone and make friends with anyone, but everyone was really welcoming and I made so many great friends and I have met so many great people on the team.

Don't be afraid to talk to the other swimmers, the coaches, or the staff; they can help you. Try your best and have fun!

Mackie M.-A.


  Throughout my time on the Tritons I have learned to reward myself for effort rather than winning. If you try your hardest and enjoy what you do then you are destined for success. Time is always of the essence, and to waste your precious time here on cheating or not pushing yourself you might as well stop trying all together. Overall, I feel that by pushing yourself and by not being deterred by failure, one is destined for greatness.

Max P.


Being on the Tritons has meant that I have a supportive and inclusive swim community. Through my time with the Tritons, I learned to push myself and that to try and not be perfect is better than to not try. This been a valuable experience for me because it has provided a place for me to grow both as a swimmer and as a person. I would advise current and future Tritons to challenge themselves even when in unfamiliar territory, or not totally comfortable with something, both socially and while swimming. Finally, I have learned that it is important to always try your best.

Deva S.


 "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

This quote shows how I feel about being a Triton. I have learned so much from the coaches and everyone on the team. For the time that I went to another pool, I missed the Tritons because I missed the sense of community. Together we have raised money, broken records, and gotten to know everybody better.

My words of wisdom for the continuing Tritons are:
Push yourself to try new things or strokes that you might find hard.
Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
Support your team members.
Always bring a water bottle.

Olivia K.