The Susquehanna swim team recently returned from a week-long training trip in Largo, Fla. This is the third year in a row that we trained in this location at the Southwest Recreation Complex.
With a total of 42 swimmers in attendance, Coach [Jerry] Foley had quite a number of athletes to look after. Fortunately, he was accompanied by graduate coach Alex Bornman '15 who swam for Susquehanna. The additional assistance from Bornman helped Foley run practices efficiently, especially because she is well acquainted with the team. Brandon Pelolo an athletic training intern from Bloomsburg University, also came along for the trip to help treat individual injuries, which was a huge benefit as it is very common for swimmers' bodies to break down during this part of the season.
Most of the days consisted of two practices, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each running for two hours. Additionally, after each morning practice we headed directly to a local gym right near the pool. There, the men and women would switch between either cardio or a weight lifting routine provided by Volt Athletics.
This training trip is crucial to the success at the end of the season and although it consists of long, intense training, we pushed through it together as a team. The hard work we put into the season now will only benefit us in the long run so that we can reach our year-end goals.
As temperatures have been dropping lately, it was a perfect time for us to escape the cold Pennsylvanian weather and embrace the much warmer Florida climate. Since the hotel was only a few blocks away from the beach, many of us would head there between practices to relax and catch some rays.
Not only was the warmer weather an advantage, but the bigger pool size allowed us to split up into different groups based on training needs, which is not always an easy task to do in the six-lane pool at SU. The Olympic-sized pool gave us the opportunity to train long-course on some days, too.
As a senior, I am proud to say that I have completed my final training trip of my collegiate career. I will admit it felt strange to swim my last lap in that particular pool, but I also felt very accomplished. I am proud of this entire team for keeping a positive attitude through the tough times and really staying the course. We have less than five weeks until our conference championship meet, so although we made it through the training trip, we must remain focused and finish the remainder of the season on a high note.
-Val Stearns '16