Why The Wolfpack?

In 2019, our swimmers decided they wanted a mascot for the team. We searched, trying to come up with ideas, we had a lot of conversations that ended up being more funny than serious (Lakeshore Hat, Lakeshore Lamp, Lakeshore Dwight Eisenhowers). Then this story was shared with one of our coaches. It was about how a wolfpack travels.

"The first 3 wolves in the pack are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way around, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed. Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members, then the 5 strongest following. Last is alone, the alpha. The alpha controls everything from the rear. In that position the alpha can see everything, decide the direction. The alpha sees all of the pack. The elders set the pace, the pack as a whole works and moves together toward a destination."

That story was like a lightbulb. What are we best at? Being a team. Being a family. Creating success for others while we strive for it individually. We are a place where everyone belongs and everyone has a important place and job within the team. This lead to some more research and everything we found made our mascot make more sense.

"The attitude of the wolf can be summed up simply: it is a constant visualization of success. The collective wisdom of wolves has been progressively programmed into their genetic makeup throughout centuries. Wolves have mastered the technique of focusing their energies toward the activities that will lead to the accomplishment of their goals.

Wolves do not aimlessly run around their intended victims, yipping and yapping. They have a strategic plan and execute it through constant communication. When the moment of truth arrives, each understands their role and understands exactly what the pack expects of them.

The wolf does not depend on luck. The cohesion, teamwork and training of the pack determines whether the pack lives or dies.

The wolf's attitude is always based upon the question, "What is best for the pack?" This is in marked contrast to us humans, who will often sabotage our organizations, families or businesses if we do not get what we want.

Wolves are seldom truly threatened by other animals. By constantly engaging their senses and skills, they are practically unassailable. They are masters of planning for the moment of opportunity to present itself, and when it does, they are ready to act.

Because of training, preparation, planning, communication and a preference for action, the wolf's expectation is always to be victorious. While in actuality this is true only 10 percent of the time or less, the wolf's attitude is always that success will come—and it does."

Swimming requires patience, and a trust that your hardwork and dedication will pay off, even if failure comes first and more often you must trust that success will come. Swimming can feel isolated but our teammates are how we remember to push through the toughest moments. The more fun we have the higher quality our training becomes. The more we encourage our teammates, the more success we see individually. 

We are in this together. The people who make it to the highest level of competition get there in part because of their attitude towards progress, and the motivation and support they recieve from others.

Welcome to the Wolfpack