When summer started the girls were what I would call "average" swimmers for their age groups. In less than 2 months they have become quite strong and brave. Maggie's off and running from the second we hit the pool - jumps in the deep end and swims all over. Emma's getting there too - we've found that she can hold her breath longer than any of the other Mantel's in the house. Weird. They would be in the pool all day every day if they could!