The swimmers on my team are divided between two local high schools - the only two local high schools. Originally I asked each team for a school-specific piece of clothing to wear to their meets. I had no idea what I would do for the Counsilman Classic, when South and North go head-to-head in historic Royer Pool for their conference dual meet.
Then I was told that as a representative of the Counsilman Center, an impartial swim research center at IU, I couldn't show favoritism and had to wear CCiST (the Counsilman Center's swim team) gear to all of each team's meets.
So the parents of my teammates had a special shirt made for me to wear.
Each side of my body cheers for a different high school: my right side for the Bloomington High School North Cougars and my left side for the Bloomington High School South Panthers.
And while the Counsilman Center and I are both pro-swimmer, I am particularly pro-#bloomingtonswimmers. Swimmers from Columbus North can stick to their side of Brown County.
I'm not going to lie - I teared up a bit when they gave it to me.