Sweet Swimming Reflects on Annual Training Trip

Sweet Swimming Reflects on Annual Training Trip

The Sweet Briar College swim team has returned from their annual winter training trip in Delray Beach, Fla, where the team spent a week doing intense, twice-daily pool workouts. The trip serves as the team's last big training and conditioning push before entering the final weeks of the season.

During the trip, swimming is the team's one job and focus, says head coach Donna Hodgert. It serves as a way for the team to practice in a new environment without having to worry about studying and school work between training sessions. That means the Vixens can also focus on sleeping well, eating well, and drinking lots of water, which are three things that can often get overlooked in daily college life.

First-year Brooke Burnett and sophomore Mikia Hundley both went on the trip for the first time and were a bit nervous before leaving.

"As a first-year swimmer, I wasn't sure what to expect on our training trip," said Hundley. "I worried about it all winter break, because I knew the workouts would be intense. Looking back now, I know I had nothing to fear on the training trip. I am now excited for next year to create and share even more memories with the current swim members and the incoming teammates."

Burnett echoed her teammate's pre-trip feelings, but now feels more prepared for the rest of the season and is ready to go back to Florida.

"The trip forced me to push myself to the limits and believe in myself more than I knew I could," said Burnet. "It was a great experience and I wish I was still in Florida in that long course pool."

Along the way, the team spent off days at the beach and exploring nearby Peanut Island. They also spent time visiting with some local alumnae, who worked diligently throughout the week to provide home cooked meals for the team.

Burnett, who says the alumnae are one of the main reasons she chose to attend Sweet Briar, loved spending time with the alums and hearing stories about their time in college. Looking forward, Burnett is hopeful that she'll be able to give back and keep the Sweet Briar alumnae connections alive.

"I think our alumnae connections are really important because it allows us to see into the past and also envision the future. It does lead me to really hope after my four years here I will be able to provide for girls the way our alums did to us," Burnett explained.

Taking little time off, the Vixens will put their training to the test this Saturday, competing against host Greensboro College and UNC-Pembroke. Following two more dual meets, the team's focus will shift toward the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, which are held Feb. 9-12 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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