Bison Swim & Dive Training Trip – Part 1
- Mary Weinstein

This week, Bucknell Swimming & Diving has had the chance to travel to Boca Raton, Florida to spend some time training and bonding together in a different environment. As a team, this is a terrific opportunity to alleviate some of the stress the end of the semester brings, as well as focus on building upon the process goals that help guide our team to our championship meets in February. Ultimately, this week is one to reflect on our progress so far and to put in the hard work necessary to set up the rest of our season.

On Saturday morning, we set our alarms for 4:45 a.m. to catch an early flight out of Philadelphia. Our plane was delayed for almost five hours, but spirits stayed high, as the thought of being in warm, sunny Florida was so close to reality. Our team landed in the late afternoon, much later than expected. Even though we were travel weary as a whole, we still headed to the pool to get in a quality swim for the day. Part of what we are building upon as a team this year is being able to adapt to unforeseen changes, so that when things in a championship meet environment don’t go as planned, we are prepared to adjust as necessary.

On Sunday and Monday, we had double practices, making for a busy schedule. This part of our trip was about acclimating ourselves to the unfamiliarity of a new place, while additionally making strides in our training by pushing our limits in the pool and weight room. Monday was especially reflective upon our focus of team progress, as we had the opportunity to sit down as individual women’s and men’s teams to talk about our season thus far. The women took some time outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and to connect ideas with one another. We had an open discussion about what we have done well so far, as well as addressing any concerns that have arisen. We, lead by our captains, took this feedback and instated ideas to improve team cohesiveness even further.

Tuesday was a day for the outdoors. We started the afternoon with our only practice for the day. Although it was a single workout, it was definitely the toughest of the training we’ve experienced so far. However, despite the difficulty, positive attitudes carried us throughout the practice making people want to embrace the tough training. We followed this up with a team excursion to the beach to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Even in just the first few days, there has been a major shift in team dynamic. Although we have really been put to work, we haven’t forgotten to have fun. From bonding in vans to what songs we’re singing along to, to hanging out at our hotel pool between doubles, or going out to dinner in groups, there have been plenty of laughs with people we don’t always spend the most time with.

Our training facility for the week


Women's team enjoying some time on the beach after a tough practice


Soaking up the sun and the warm Florida weather