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Are You Sure This Is Spring?

(Athletics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo While all my friends were posting pictures in at the beach or by the pool in Florida or some beautiful Caribbean island, the sailing team headed off to St. Marys, Maryland for spring training. Now you may not have heard of St. Marys; I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s pretty accurate to call it the middle of nowhere. But hey, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to sail…which it is. We got in three solid days of training on the water before heading off to weekend events. Here are the highlights of the week.

 

 

 

Five firsts of spring break 2014:  

  1. Breaking ice while launching a sailboat.
  2. Seeing ice form at the waterline on the beach.
  3. Breaking ice to rig a sailboat.
  4. Watching water freeze as the waves break over the dock.
  5. Having my water bottle refrigerated in the back of the boat by the air.

 

And five ways to deal with them:  

  1. Onesies are your best friend, especially under your dry suit. It’s like wearing a blanket without the limited dexterity. A total win.
  2. Dishwashing gloves. I think they were actually invented for winter water sports, not washing the dishes.
  3. Hand warmers. Now, this seems like an easy go-to, but it’s not that simple. You can’t just wear hand warmers and sail. You need your hands. The trick is putting the hand warmers under your lifejacket so you can warm up between races and drills. Not a perfect solution, but definitely worth it.
  4. The more people can’t tell you’re a girl, the warmer you’ll be. Seriously, beanies and gators and sunglasses all worn together work as a pretty good disguise.
  5. Homemade granola bars aren’t new, but they make everything better… always.

 



More about Christi.

 

Yes, Rifle is a Sport

(Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Roddy Photo First off, sorry for the huge span of time with no updates, but as fall semester deepened I found myself up to my neck in schoolwork and mandatory assignments, and when it came time to prioritize; my extracurriculars fell by the wayside.

 

On a more positive note, I have received more emails than I ever imagined I would from interested applicants and future cadets! I’ve been doing a pretty good job of responding to all the ones I receive, but if a week goes by and you don’t get a response from me, just resend a message and I’ll get back within another. Email is the primary form of communication here so without reminders things can get buried pretty quickly. On the topic though, I’ve got a lot of questions about rifle team, so I’ll take a minute and discuss what the team has meant to me and my experience as a varsity marksman.

 

I shot rifle in high school, but it was a very different style than the form of competition the Academy participates in, so I was practically a walk-on. The team was supportive and great instructors and I found myself learning at a sprint rather than a crawl. Every time I shot, I saw marked improvement. The people on the team were all great and it became an amazing way to relax and unwind from Chase Hall and academic life. I became great friends with everyone and got to travel to Boston and West Point for competitions. I saw many different teams, but it looked like of all the ones we shot against, Coast Guard had the most fun and the best dynamic. What I can say about rifle, is if you decide to join, or even just to try it out, you will not be disappointed with the character of the team, the environment you shoot in, and the atmosphere created by your fellow shooters.

 

Academics are hard at the Academy though, harder than any high school and even most prep schools, so be prepared going in that if you chose to do rifle, or any varsity sport, you will be required to make sacrifices in time and energy to be a part of that team. For rifle it meant staying at the Academy every long weekend second semester due to competitions. For baseball it’s travelling with the team to Florida instead of spring break. Every sport demands trade-offs, and that’s something very important to keep in mind joining a sports team.

 



More about John.