Like Megan, Bo – who grew up in Goochland – also shared a special bond with Bernardino. It was one that started while he was still in high school.
In 2001, Bo was named Goochland High Athlete of the Year, beating out future Major League Baseball star Justin Verlander.
“I laugh with him about it all the time,” Bernardino said. “When Verlander won the Cy Young Award a few years ago, Bo texted him and him and said, ‘But remember who the athlete of the year was.’”
From the time he was little, Bo had always wanted to swim for UVA, so much so that he turned down potential offers from Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.
Greenwood, who holds the seventh-fastest 400 IM time in school history, swam at the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 and 2008, with his highest finish coming in 2000, when he placed ninth in the 400 IM.
While he had what he refers to as an “epic fail” in the 2004 prelims, he said he has no regrets about his competitive swimming career.
“Swimming for UVA, for Mark, with my teammates, and in doing so, meeting my wife, was the greatest honor and most transformational experience of my life,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood majored in kinesiology and was a member of Student Athlete Mentors, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and IMP Society, among many endeavors, before earning his master’s degree in higher education administration from Curry in 2006.
The Greenwoods said staying involved with the sport that has given them so much was a logical step – especially since they felt they had so much to offer.
Bo and Megan often talk to Jack (their eldest son) about using his “superpowers” to do good.
“What we mean are those little, everyday actions that have a snowball effect,” Megan explained. “The things that make you an important role model, a good community member, a helpful neighbor, a caring friend, an empathic human. The things that are hard to do, but you do anyway, because you know you should. Those things you do when no one is watching.
“We think SWIM S’COOL is a really good way to use our unique powers, but also we just really love being in the city and working with local families and kids. We just love this community so much.”
Which is exactly why if you see them at a pool, you may not get more than a hello if they’re on child-watch duty.
“We’re just so aware of what the potential dangers are, even if you have the best intentions. We want to shout it from the rooftops to parents: Get your kids in lessons. Water safety is really important,” Megan said.
“What’s your family’s plan? Just like a fire escape or an emergency plan or teaching your kids to call 911, you should always be talking about water safety in an age-appropriate way with your kids and with your spouse.”
For more information on water safety, check out Megan’s blog on the SWIM S’COOL website.