I hope this A to Z Challenge ends soon because I’m running out of ideas!
Today’s letter “R” is for Recruit, or rather my short story Swim Recruit.
The NCAA allows five paid visits to universities as a prospective student-athlete, and I find the process rather fascinating. The university attempts to woo the recruit while the recruit attempts to show off her academic and athletic prowess.
A recruiting trip might be one of the first times away from home for the high school senior. Though I was a teetotaler throughout high school, I got drunk for the first time on my swimming recruiting visit to Yale. 😉
Not long after Abby Donahue’s family falls apart, she escapes on an airplane to Chicago for a recruiting trip. A talented high-school swimmer, Abby hopes to score both a college scholarship and some distance from her parents’ recent divorce. But is this university for her?
Her first encounter with freshman swimmer Reese McGowan makes her nervous. He’s a tall backstroker with a mess of blond hair, glittering aquamarine eyes, and a suspension from the team for badmouthing the school to another recruit. As Abby unravels the mystery underlying Reese’s disdain, she begins to unlock her own hidden emotions about her father. Together Abby and Reese battle bullies on the team and inner demons, learning that flipper feet and fighting for family can actually be a good thing.
Here’s another “R” for you–my review of Room by Emma Donoghue. Haunting story!
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