Waking up for our second day of training was not an easy task because of what laid ahead of us, a three hour practice.
The previous night at dinner Sean spoke about his philosophy on life and preached to us that “less is more, and more is less”. He then proceeded to proclaim that the next day we will only have one practice. The team was in shock, we didn’t know how to react. Some were looking at each other, googlie-eyed, some started to squeal and senior Chelsea Franklin started a standing ovation.
Our excitement was then crushed with the announcement that the next day will include weights, a lactate quality workout and a fast kick set. Normally these sets would be divided up into two practices; instead they were all crammed into one intense training session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On the bus ride back to the resort you could tell the girls were tired but didn’t care because we had a whole day of fun on the beach ahead of us. Our motivation that got us through the practice was thinking of the activities that the coaches had planned for us afterwards. If someone was tired or needed motivation all we would have to yell at them was “banana boat!” We even made our team huddle on the pool deck after practice yelling “banana boat!”
When we got to the beach the girls made a full on sprint to the paddle boards, kayaks and the banana boat that we had reserved for the afternoon. I know for a fact the coaches were just as excited for the afternoon as we were. Lyndsie Gibson and I were out enjoying the beautiful Puerto Rico scenery as Todd Mann went racing past us on a Jet Ski laughing as he made donuts in the vibrant blue waters of the Caribbean.
Many memories were made as we got to know the coaches up close and personal. Strength coach, Jordan, was a sight to see as some of the girls attempted to help him stand up on a paddleboard. Head coach, Sean Schimmel, even came out to ride the waves with the team in the ocean to show off his skills.
Following our beach activities we had a scavenger hunt with our teams in the resort. Some tasks we had to complete were videos of Puerto Ricans calling the Hogs, videos of us dancing with a Puerto Rican to Spanish music, a drawing of a Razorback in the sand and a picture outside of each of the coaches’ room. If you didn’t know any better you would have thought you were in Arkansas considering how many times the Hogs were called during the scavenger hunt. It was a fun and competitive night for all of the teams. The winners of the competition were the Hulkettes followed by the Blue Ballers, PDP and Wakka Flakka Flame.
Many memories were made today. I feel like I am on vacation with my 30 best friends. I forget about how hard the training is and can’t help but look on our lives and how lucky we are to be a Razorback.
Today was a good day. As Sean would say “It’s a beautiful day on the Arkansas campus today!” I would like to add to it by saying “It was a beautiful day in Puerto Rico today.”
Lizard (Lizzy Whitbeck)
A note from the diving core:
On the second day of our Puerto Rico trip we had an event filled day. To start off the day,we had practice from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and it went great! Hannah Bortnick learned a new dive today, a front 2.5 off of the 5-meter platform, and the rest of the divers had a solid practice all around. After we got done with the pool it was time to hit the weight room, which went as well as the water practice earlier went. Then after practice we got to go back to the hotel and had some fun in the sun with the paddle boards, kayaks, and banana boat rides. After some fun at the beach we did our survivor challenge for the night, which was a scavenger hunt throughout the hotel. We also enjoyed the beautiful sunset. All and all it was a great day for the Razorbacks swimming and diving team!
Shelby Bartlett (junior diver)
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