Jan. 4, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Ohio University swimming & diving team is spending part of its winter break in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Fla., taking part in a 12-day training trip.
The Bobcats are training twice a day as they prepare for the spring stretch of their 2013-14 schedule and enjoying the sun and the beach while they are at it.
Several members of the team will be blogging about their experiences in Fort Lauderdale. Sophomore Casey Papp (Bloomington, Ind.), senior Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) and senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) offered their perspective.
"The Bobcats rang in the new year right with 14x200s off the blocks as a team, followed by a beautiful day on the beach. After a little relaxation (and some much needed naps), we tested our limits at weights with weighted sled pushes. We finished the day with some group work. Sprint group worked on breath control with snorkels while mid-distance did some quality aerobic work. The team was really looking forward to some Chipotle after a long day of practices, but when the Bobcats got there, it was closed! Guess burritos will have to wait." - Casey
"As a much anticipated day both weather wise and activity wise finally arrived, the Bobcats woke up on the second day of 2014 in great spirits. It was not only going to be 82 and sunny, but the activity for the day was going to consist of a boat trip out on the ocean.
Morning practice was about to come to an end when all three coaches threw on their swimsuits and dove in to challenge the team to a 200-medley relay. After the relay had already begun, it was announced that if just one of the team's relays beat the coaches relay that the rest of practices for the day would be cancelled. Needless to say, the cheering and screaming was record-breaking. The medley relay barely out-touched the coaches relay, but beat them none-the-less.
With everyone's spirits bright as ever, the Bobcats spent a beautiful, sunny day on the ocean. It was a great day in Fort Lauderdale, and a perfect way to bring in day number two of the year 2014." - Rachel
"After a relaxing afternoon on the boat, the team was ready to work hard on Friday. We had our best practice Friday morning since being down in Florida. After a hard workout the team decided to relax by the pool instead of the beach because the wind was so strong the sand felt like needles on our skin. The afternoon practice time changed from 6-8 to 8-10, so there was some adjusting to that regarding when to eat and take naps. Overall, we had another great practice. Friday was probably the best we have preformed in the pool since being in Florida. But we struggled putting the pool covers on. Hopefully we can get better at that." - Laurin
The Bobcats (3-1, 2-0 MAC) will return to competition on Jan. 11, traveling to Denison for a dual meet. The meet is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.