Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. - The month-long wait is over for the Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams, returning to the pool tonight as the Lutes host Division I Seattle University at 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, Southwest Oregon Community College heads to PLU for a dual beginning at 10 a.m.
The last time the Lutes dove into the pool competitively was back on Dec. 3rd at the Logger Open. Through the holiday season, PLU continued to focus on their goals and train hard to achieve them. Part of that, was heading to San Diego, California from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2 for their winter training. In addition to their training, the Lutes bonded as a team, including trips to the beach, class, team dinners, and a hike.
"Throughout the week in California, the team really came together and formed important bonds and strengthened relationships which is needed before going into January training," Sarah Stafford said. "With having as long of a season as we do, it is easy to lose sight of why we train at the intensity we do, and is crucial that every once in a while we remind ourselves about all the great parts about swimming."
The team hike took place on the beach midway through the training trip. With athletes tired from training in days prior, this added even more of a physical challenge for the Lutes. Stafford stated that it was fun to get to spend time with her teammates in a much different environment.
The team also participated in their annual beach workout. Afterwards, the team played games against each other, allowing the athletes to get their competitive fix in.
The trip ended with a team dinner. There, the team discussed their goals with one another in hopes to keep each other accountable throughout the season. There is no doubt that the Lutes are excited to get back into the pool after a long time away from competitive action.
"It's exciting to think we got meets coming up," Dennis Liu said. "Especially after a tough week of training. Everyday we race each other so it's nice to finally get to race other competition and see what our training has done for us."
The swimming season resumes on tonight with D1 Seattle U and the Lutes wrap up their home schedule on Saturday with a dual against Southwest Oregon Community College.