03/11 - All Day
S&D vs NCAA Zone Diving Championships - Day Two
03/12 - All Day
S&D vs NCAA Zone Diving Championships - Day Three
03/20 - All Day
S&D vs NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships - Day One
03/21 - All Day
S&D vs NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships - Day Two
03/22 - All Day
S&D vs NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships - Day Three
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Today marked the first day of serious training. In the morning, the sprint group headed off to lift weights while the distance group traveled to the pool, and then switched. The divers also headed off to their own practice. During power exercises, Coach Sean Schimmel had quite the scare when a huge toad jumped at him, scaring him and the girls to death! After practice, the team went grocery shopping. We swarmed in on the poor shoppers of Publix, buying everything in sight, all starving after workouts. During our break, some girls went to the beach while others spent downtime in their rooms. The weather was grey and cloudy, but that didn't stop us from trying to get tan!
Later that afternoon, we all gathered again for our next team challenge: sand castle-building. With only 20 minutes on the clock, each team worked fervently to make the best possible castle. When time was up, each team had to make up a fake story about the history and background of their castle. The Cheetah Girls tied their castle to their African roots, the Camo Toads claimed theirs was a hidden fortress, while the Hefty Heifers built a "safe haven" for tired cows. The girls got really creative with their creations, each explanation funnier than the last. We repeated the challenge again, and the coaches convened to decide the winners. The Cheetah Girls won the first round, while the Hefty Heifers won the second. The challenge really tested each group's abilities to communicate and work as a team, and each group succeeded with laughter and dedication.
The team headed to the pool once more for our afternoon practice. When dinnertime came, some girls cooked for themselves at the hotel while another group ate at Boston's, a local restaurant. We all sampled the local seafood, which was delicious! The trip is going great so far, and with New Year's Eve tomorrow, I'm sure it will get even better!
Hefty Heifers: 50
Cheetah Girls: 49
Camo Toads: 20