I was on a swim team on and off from grades 3 through 11. I was never quite a super star—I guess I was more in it for the love of water. There is a video from when I was about 8 that shows me jumping in the pool during competition and instead of going straight into freestyle, I leisurely swam about 5 feet below the surface. But the smell of chlorine is still oddly soothing to me. Whenever I walk into a building with a public pool, I'm transported to childhood. Although, now I prefer saline pools, less chemicals!