Out of Boredom Comes Aquatic Artistry

Out of Boredom Comes Aquatic Artistry

Out of Boredom Comes Aquatic Artistry

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

16-year-old Tien Nguyen of Segerstrom Fundamental High School swims breaststroke and individual medley on her Southern California high school swim team.

When she is not training and competing, she spends her time quietly, carefully and joyfully on the pool deck and in the bleachers with her grateful teammates.

For Nguyen has a unique talent that always keeps her busy during swim meets.

I got bored during a swim meet in my freshman year,” explains the junior. “So I took a Sharpee [marker pen] and started a team tradition.” What is her canvas? The backs of her teammates…framed by their swimsuits.

I usually draw random things that symbolize something for each swimmer,” she explains. “For a teammate who swims butterfly, I draw a butterfly. But I have also drawn a gypsy on the boys and done many tribal tattoos.”

In yesterday’s swim meet against Huntington Beach High School, her beautifully varied artwork included myriad items from mermaids and roses to puppies and women’s portraits modeled by teammates Deyanera Garcia (sophomore), Diana Jimenez (freshman), Emily De la Torre (senior), Irene Valdez (sophomore), and Destiny Moriyoqui (freshman).

However ephemeral, Nguyen‘s aquatic artistry is a joy to behold.

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Steven Munatones