It has begun!
The Ursuline College swimming and diving team is in the water and working hard! After mapping out a running course on campus and sweating for two weeks, we started in the water last Monday at Gilmour Academy.
So far, spirits have been high as we are excited to start training and gain some strength and endurance in the pool. Unfortunately, this is all done at 6:00 a.m.! Until Hathaway Brown School finishes its renovations, the Arrows are at GA each morning at 6:00 before class and on campus doing dry-land training at 3:30 p.m.
Although the yardage is not topping the charts just yet, our practices have consisted of breath control, stroke technique drills and basically shaking off the dust from summer break. Looking at the weeks ahead, we plan on continuing to train as hard as we can to prepare ourselves for our first meet which is just four weeks away!
Coach Katz has been doing his best to give us every opportunity to work and believe me, we are being creative in our training! It is easy to get frustrated with the traveling, early mornings and schedule changes but we are not letting it consume us. We have high hopes this is going to make us a better, stronger and more competitive team. From what we hear, our new weight room in Daley will be available this week so that is yet another resource to add.
I can’t forget classes, though! Exams have also kicked in and time management skills have truly been put to the test. On our team, we have found the upperclassmen giving the newcomers some pointers in relation to professors, study habits and time management, as being a student-athlete can be difficult at times. The swim team has some extremely talented and smart girls and I am very proud of all of them.
So, we will continue to jump in that cold water at 6:00 a.m. and do what we love: work towards our goals both in the water and in the classroom. It’s going to be quite a year, everyone!
Can’t wait to keep you all updated and brag about the URSULINE COLLEGE SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM!
– Allie Butta, Ursuline ’14
Captain of the 2013-14 UC swimming and diving team
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