Swim Team Cheaters


Dear Snarky,

My two kids are on the neighborhood swim team and a couple of parents have noticed that two mothers are cheating so their kids can win. They do this by being the time keepers on the lane their kids are swimming in and fudging the results and by that I mean shaving off seconds from their kids swim time. We have one more swim meet before the season is over. Should I say something? It’s not like I have a video that shows them doing it. It’s just something a few of us have noticed happening.

Signed,  I Hate Cheaters

Dear I Hate Cheaters,

You’re not going to like my advice because I’m going to tell you to NOT confront these two moms. Like you said you have no solid proof and trust me on this once you suggest they’re playing fast and loose with their kid’s swim times a big old, ugly, suburban “I’m going sue you” storm will hit the cue de sac. You know what I’m talking about – the cheater moms will start threatening to sue you, the swim team association, the HOA, you name it. So, do not go there. No good will come from it. Instead, get sneaky. Do everything in your power to make sure these moms are not the ones being the lane timers when their kids swim. It won’t be easy but I’m sure you can figure out a way to get them away from the pool area. Seriously, tell them their cars are being towed or something. Next, you’re going to have to get actively involved in your neighborhood swim team. Get yourself on the board and insist that swim rules and regulations are enforced. I know somewhere it’s written that parents can’t be the lane timer when their kids are swimming. No go get em!

3 thoughts on “Swim Team Cheaters

  1. Wendy says:

    Most likely you are screwed for this year. You are never going to get them to give up their post. And a confrontation will be messy for years to come. Swim parents can be vicious. I offer 2 solutions:

    There should be a place judge at the meets also. They are responsible for writing down the order of the finishes. If there isn’t one, volunteer to do it. If there is one, the descrepancies between recorded times and their corresponding places should throw up a red flag at the scorers’ table. Get friendly with one of the parent’s working at the scorer’s table and tell them to be on the look out for time/place descrepancies ( lane 4 timers turned in the fastest time but the place judge has that swimmer in 3rd place).

    The snarky solution is to get your stroke judge certification and DQ those kids everytime they swim.

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