FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas junior Lauren Jordan is ready for her spring semester on the Razorback swimming and diving team. The distance swimmer reflected on the team’s training trip in Florida last week and the upcoming double-dual meet against SEC opponents Alabama and Kentucky in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday.
How was the team’s training trip in Florida?"We got in a lot of hard work there. The next three weeks are going to be really intense in getting ready for the SEC Championships. These practices weren’t physically hard as much as they were mentally hard, so it really got us mentally ready to stand up and race for the next weeks. As far as team bonding, it was a lot of fun. We did a bunch of team challenges and stuff. That was fun. Of course laying on the beach is a lot of fun."
What was one of your favorite memories from the trip?"Anna Mayfield decided that she wanted to catch a seagull, so she laid a towel over her and we put sand over her. The seagulls were flying around, so when one landed on her one of the girls decided to scream, so she’d have to come up and catch it. Unfortunately, she didn’t catch it, but she tried. That was pretty fun."
How does the team feel about returning to competition?"I think we’re all excited to get back up and race. The last few meets we kind of knew about the teams and what they had done and stuff. It wasn’t as fast as we have swam in the past, but Alabama has some really good girls and they swam really well at mid-season. We’re kind of nervous about that. All in all, we’re excited to get back up and race."
What lessons will you take with you from the fall semester into the spring?"Personally, there are a lot of things. This past week has been more mentally challenging. If I can swim 10 1,000s, then I can do anything. Swimming is a mental sport. It’s who has the best mental capacity to shut down the pain and just go. Through the fall, we really worked on shutting it out and being focused just on that."
What does your class schedule look like this semester?"It will be so much fun, so much easier. All of my classes are my major in elementary education, so it’s just smooth-sailing. It’s really nice."
The Razorbacks’ first competition of 2014 is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The team set a new school record during the fall with 14 consecutive dual-meet wins, breaking the record of 13 set from 1991-92.
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