Boot Camp at George
Slam Week at George
Last week, the George Washington swim team participated in a grueling challenge: Boot Camp. This is the swim team’s program of intense workouts for an entire week. The team endured difficult practices in the mornings before school, and after school, too.
This tradition is a way of getting the team members in shape and motivated for the harder competitions to come over the season. In an interview with Coach Andrew Harbuck, he said, “It’s important, because it’s one team bonding exercise, really. You have to do two practices a day. You’re swimming at six am and then all the way to six every night. You know, so they’re training three and a half hours a day, five days a week…” The exhausting activities allow the team to come together and prove their commitment. Coach Andrew added, “…so it’s good in terms of just building a good base into their season…” The swim team has accomplished a lot over the course of GW history-maybe the result of the hard work put in over Boot Camp week. Perhaps this season will prove that Boot Camp is integral to the success of the team.
Boot Camp was really tough on the team and they’re all extremely glad it’s over. Ella Creighton, a sophomore at George and a varsity swimmer says that, “It was really hard, but at the same time it was really fun, because I got to spend a lot of time with my teammates, but I was really tired.” Over the course of 10 practices in one week (two per weekday), the team is sure to have improved immensely. Although it was difficult, Ella says her teammates got her through the week, and “made it such a fun experience.”
Boot Camp left the swim team prepared and better than ever for this season. Let’s root them on and hope they win George some medals! The 2017-2018 season is bound to be the best one yet! Good luck, George Swim team!