Jan. 9, 2013
The Vanderbilt swimming team is back from a training trip to Puerto Rico and is ready to begin the stretch run of the swimming season.
Head Coach Jeremy Organ and his squad spent seven days in San Juan both sightseeing and training for the final three meets of the regular season.
"Our trip was just wonderful, everyone did a fantastic job of training while we were there and we had a little fun as well," said an enthusiastic Coach Organ.
While the team enjoyed some fun in the sun, Organ also used the trip to make sure his team is ready to get back in the pool after nearly two months since the last meet.
"The team went through two swim workouts and one dryland session on the beach per day, which pretty much took up all the time," Organ said. "We did take one afternoon off and headed out on a catamaran which was a great break."
The highlight of the trip, according to Organ, was seeing strength and conditioning coach Darren Edgington challenge a few of the student-athletes to a race in the pool on the final day of the trip.
A training trip once a year is something Organ would like to see happen for his team. These trips are becoming more common for university swim programs around the country.
"Swimming training trips are something everyone does, we ran into some teams that have been going there for more than 15 years," Organ explained. "It is an opportunity for us to get away from campus and the same daily routine to train twice a day in a nice locale and spend a lot of time together as a team."
Senior Erika Deardorf cited the beautiful scenery and wildlife, such as the blue and yellow parrots that were flying over the pool, as one of her favorite memories of the trip.
"We couldn't have asked for a better training trip," Deardorf explained. "Although the training was tough, the beautiful weather and scenery definitely made up for the intense workouts. Another great part of the trip was our hotel was close to the beach, so we were able to lay out and play in the ocean between practices. Overall, it was a great experience and we are all thankful for the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico."
The Commodores will be in action Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Centennial Sportsplex when Vanderbilt hosts Evansville on Senior Day. Six seniors will be recognized prior to the meet, which begins at 1 p.m.