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Don’t just sit there! Belly flop!

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Anthony Trolio '19 participate in the belly flop competition during Spirit Week.

Anthony Trolio '19 participate in the belly flop competition during Spirit Week.

Anthony Trolio '19 participate in the belly flop competition during Spirit Week.

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It all started when I was a youngin’ in the seventh grade, and I decided to come to Jesuit High School. I wanted to be a Marauder because I overheard tales of the extravagant belly flop contest. It became my dream to participate as soon as I heard about the glorious event.

I started to practice over and over again for my moment. It truly was the most stressful time knowing I had to please the hard to please belly flop judges: Mr. Mike Solander, Dean Tim Kelly, and Mrs. Leah Heine.

I approached the block confidently, yet fear was pounding in my chest, and my mind went blank. I started to contemplate everything I ever knew. When I reached the top of the block, I heard my friends yelling “LET’S GO!”and then everything just went silent; I jumped.

As I flew through the air, I started to ask myself, “WHY? WHY? WHY?” The water neared my body; I tensed, braced for impact. The Slap. I prevailed through the pain as my legs scorpioned over my head.

The stinging yet odd sensation was exhilarating. The adrenaline wiped out most of the pain until I exited the water.

When I emerged from the water, someone asked “Was it worth it?” and my response: “pain is momentary, but glory is forever.”

The sense of pride I got when I looked at the judges and saw I scored a sixteen was easily one of the best moments of my life.

I am so doing it again.

 

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