January 13, 2011

Holy Cross Swimming & Diving Training Blog

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Aloha, which means hello and goodbye, is unfortunately appropriate since today is our last day in paradise. It feels like we just got here, but its been a tough week with doubles almost everyday. Yesterday we woke up to rain but it cleared up in time for practice. The team set a new record by taking up all 20 lanes in the pool, since the other teams had the day off. We spent the afternoon continuing our shopping and exploring of Waikiki, while a large group of us went glow in the dark mini-golfing. We managed to get in our second practice since the weather forecast called for thunderstorms, but fortunately they never came. Since it was our last night, many groups went out to dinner and then the team spent the night together around town.

Today being our last day, we had a short time-trials practice early this morning. We came back to the hotel to pack up and get organized before our team meeting and picture. We leave for the airport in a few hours to start our adventure back to Boston. We had an amazing time and overall very successful training. We hope all this hard work will come in handy for our last few meets of the season. Can’t wait to come back next year!

Mahalo for following our trip!

- Emily D’Angelo ’12, Lauren Leary ’12, Andrea Wiegman ’13 and Jill Chudwick ‘13

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

Aloha once again!  The team began the day early, touring the memorial at Pearl Harbor. It was a very emotional and sobering experience, and we were grateful for the opportunity to pay our respects for those who served. After returning to the city, we spent yet another afternoon on sunny Waikiki beach (a chilling 78 degrees, sigh). We then returned to the pool after the morning off for a two hour sprint and stroke workout. Tonight we’re going out for a fancy (more or less) dinner to celebrate Pat’s birthday.    

As new members to the team, this trip has been a blast for us so far. We’ve been able to bond with our teammates and coach in a really positive environment. We couldn’t have asked for a better first training trip. The practices have been tough, but being able to kick back after a hard day’s work makes it all the worthwhile. We’ll definitely be ready to compete at Worcester City Championships next weekend.        

- Freshmen Ben Chelmow, Pat Gibbons, Tim Liddy, Kevin O’Connor, Anthony Russo and Jan Yburan

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Hey all,

We’ve just finished our seventh practice of the trip and I can safely say that everyone is feeling the burn, not just from training but also from the blazing Hawaiian sun. Nevertheless, the team has been staying strong, keeping morale high and churning out some intense practices. Luckily, we don’t have another practice scheduled until tomorrow evening so we have a nice day off to explore Waikiki and everything that else that Oahu has to offer. Tonight the team gathered for a pizza party and enjoyed some delicious Hawaiian pizza and college football. Tomorrow morning the team will travel to Pearl Harbor to see the memorial and afterwards we’ll most likely hit the beach for more relaxation in the sun before getting back into practice mode. Hawaii has been such a positive trip thus far and I think everyone would agree that our already-close team has gotten even closer over the past few days.  More details about our trip will come in the future so be sure to stay tuned!

-Aidan McGrath, ‘11

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

Aloha from Oahu! Today was our third day of training at the beautiful University of Hawaii Aquatic Complex. We have been completing two practices a day, which amounts to about 12,000 yards. The team has been working really hard during practice, coming together as team to push through the hard sets. The pool is an added bonus because we get to train in the sun instead of snowy Worcester. The weather has been very nice with average highs around 75 degrees.

A typical day consists of morning practice, and then heading to the beach to sleep for a bit; then its back to the pool for another round. At the end of the day, the team likes to eat dinner and sleep it all off. Today was little different, as we ventured to Diamond Head National Park to hike the volcano between practices. The team was excited to enter the crater of the volcano at 230 feet above sea level and climb up 1.5 miles to sightsee at 730 feet. We all ran to the top and were completely exhausted by the time we arrived, but the view was entirely worth it. From the top we could see 360 degrees around the island and out to sea. After we finished the hike we went back to the pool for a 5,000 yard sprint work out.

To complete the day, we celebrated two of our teammates’ birthdays with cake and candles. It was a spectacular way to end a day of fun and hard training. More tomorrow!

- Erin Meegan, Colleen Bucci, Katelyn Desrosiers & Kristen Desrosiers

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

Greetings from the Aloha State! After almost 24 hours of traveling the Holy Cross swimming & diving team FINALLY arrived in Hawaii! Although jetlagged, we were excited to spend today training outside in the sun (as opposed to snowy Worcester). In addition to swimming doubles, our first day was spent relaxing on the beach and exploring our island paradise. Be sure to check back throughout the week to hear more about our adventures in Hawaii! ALOHA!

- Senior Erin Meegan