I am officially a Manatee. Though I've never actually been to one of their practices. Or met their coaches. Or seen their locker rooms. And I only know one other swimmer on the team. But I have seen their website so I am officially a Manatee.
I just joined US Masters Swimming. Now that I'm a member they may let me in on the secret: is it Masters or Master's? I think Masters but I've heard it both ways.
I did join for a very good reason: my pool club membership is set to expire and it's less expensive to join a team and swim there than to keep paying for a ritzy club for the sole purpose of swimming. What I'll miss: lanes to myself. What I won't miss: the monthly bill.
Now that I'm a Manatee, I'm going to go to their practice on Friday as a drop-in. And I'm going to register on the USMS site so that I can get the Go The Distance cap I've already earned. And see how much more I need to swim in the last 4+ months of the year to get a water bottle.