"I’m… not so sure anymore. I don’t need a reason to swim. I just need to feel the water. That’s what I’ve always believed. But… When I lost to him, everything became dark. I didn’t care about anything at that point. Not the tournament or anything else. But when I watched you guys swim. I thought, "I trained hard with these guys." I might end up being nothing more than filler. But if you guys really wanted to swim in a relay, I would swim. That was when I remembered how it felt to swim in the same lane together, how it felt when everyone was waiting at the finish line. It made me just as happy!

Haru to Mako