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Swimming vs Wrestling

In the second matchup of round two, swimming takes on wrestling for the right to move on to semifinals.

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Which Sport Creates the Ultimate Athlete?

Tale of the Tape Overview
Each week we will match two sports against each other in a tournament style bracket and you, the fan, can vote for which you think produces top athletes.  The winning sport will advance in our tournament bracket and at the end we will crown one sport the "Ultimate Sport".  Along with the matchups, we will feature one top athlete from each sport and they will engage in a head-to-head heated debate.   

Voting will start on Thursday's and end on Wednesday's.  There will be a new matchup every week with the final matchup starting on Nov. 20.  Good luck!    

The Debate
Westridge Christian Academy (Kennesaw Ga.) senior Kylie Stewart, who competes for Dynamo Swim Club, and Allen (Texas) wrestling star Bo Nickal go head to head in defending their sport.

What’s the best measure of an athlete (e.g., strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

  • Mental strength. If you don’t have the mental capabilities to believe in yourself, and manage your time, you won’t become the athlete you could be.

  • Competitiveness. Guys who you wouldn’t consider the best athletes because they’re not as strong, quick or fast will win. They want it more and nothing can stop them.

What’s the second-toughest sport behind yours?

  • Gymnastics. It requires a lot more than you’d think.

  • Rugby. Those guys are pretty serious.

Why do you think your sport produces the best athletes?

  • Swimming really prepares you for pretty much everything in life — time management and holding yourself accountable for your actions.

  • Wrestling produces not only the best athletes, but the best people. We know how much hard work and discipline it takes to be successful. If you’re going to put in all that work, manage your time wisely and your body and your diet, you can be successful in anything.

What makes swimming more difficult than wrestling or vice versa?

  • The hours you have to put in. I train between three and five hours a day. There’s no way you can train for an hour and be at a high level.

  • Swimming doesn’t involve physical contact. In wrestling, it’s basically you versus another guy in a head-to-head fight with rules. It’s a battle of wills.

What’s a drill specific to your sport that you’d like to see an athlete who participates in a different sport attempt?

  • We do a lot of pacing in the water. It’s pretty hard.

  • Every Monday we do three sets of 20 squat jumps, 20 push-ups and then an 800-meter shuttle run. It mimics a match. The first time I did it was awful. You have to try to finish in less than nine minutes. It’s really hard on your body. I’d like to see someone try to hang with the wrestling team on that. That person would earn my respect.

What attributes do you need for swimming that wrestlers don’t require for their sport and vice versa?

  • A swimmer definitely needs long, lean muscles. Wrestlers are bulky and muscular. Their muscle mass would weigh them down if they tried to swim [competitively].

  • You have to be a lot more mentally prepared.

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