第二名 Second Place
In my swim meet today, I was surprised. For the first three legs, I was in first place. I couldn’t keep ahead of another guy, and ended up getting second. None of the other heats had people that beat the two of us, so I came in second place out of thirty people.
Though my stomach, like most pandas is a "keg" and not a "six-pack" like many of the Chinese people, that didn’t make much of a difference. It had much to do with form. The vast majority of mainland Chinese people seemed to have no previous swimming experience. Most race starts today have every competitor belly flopping into the pool before swimming. The people swimming often did not cup their hands to catch water, did not go straight, etc. The best times consequently went to other foreign students or to students that came from Hong Kong.
However I have realised that there are some swimming styles I haven’t yet mastered, so I have some motivation to swim here on a more regular basis. Assuming they keep the pool lane markers in place to suppress cross-traffic in the pool.