Swimming with a Navy SEAL

By Max Resnik

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Members of the SWAC swim team were given a fitness challenge today by an active Navy SEAL.

Swim relays, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups and short distance running were parts of today’s challenge. Cameron Frank, a member of SWAC, said today’s opportunity was something he and his teammates could cherish.

Frank said, “It’s great that a Navy SEAL flew down just to be with us, to talk with us and to see how we would do on these kind of things. And to really be there and know that a Navy SEAL is there watching you really has to be able to motivate you at least some.”

The SEAL, because he is active, can neither be named nor pictured. The SEAL said today’s mission was about encouragement. He said, "I just wanted to encourage them. I know a lot of kids deal with people in their lives who are constantly telling them, "You can't do this," or "You can't do that," and these kids can do anything they really put their minds to. I know from experience because I'm living proof of that."

Head Coach Chad Englehart said his athletes showed undeniable passion and pride for the opportunity to perform in front of the SEAL. He said, "When he came on deck you could see their eyes brightened up. They were no longer tired, young athletes getting ready to do a challenge. They were excited to try and show what they could do and impress him and basically pay homage to what he represents in their lives."

Another lesson the Navy SEAL wanted to share with young swimmers was one of character. He said that today’s swimmer could be like a SEAL if he or she understood the ethos of the SEALS. He said, "We're common men with an uncommon desire to succeed and that's really what we are. We're just regular guys that just have an uncommon desire to succeed and excel in life."

After the fitness challenge, the Navy SEAL shook hands, signed autographs and answered questions about a job that he considers to be the best any American can have.

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