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Adventures with Triathlon

(Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2025) Permanent link
Mack Bucki

The endorphin-fueled thrill of an endurance race is what keeps me coming back for more. When I first learned about the Coast Guard Academy, I was thrilled to see that they had a triathlon team. My three favorite sports (swimming, biking, and running) could all be lumped into one big event! Through triathlon club, I met so many awesome people, got to go against some good competition, and pushed through dozens of tough workouts. My favorite race of the season was the TOUGHMAN Olympic Triathlon in Stony Point, New York.

After enjoying the Friday morning of Parents Weekend, a small group of us took a cadet van and headed to the race site. By the time we got to our hotel, the long-drive fatigue has begun to set in. So, we decided to make things simple and eat dinner at the restaurant across the street. Our exhaustion ended up being a blessing in disguise- the food next door was good. In fact, it was some of the best shrimp scampi I’ve ever had! After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to catch some Zs.

The next day, my alarm woke me up at 4AM. We got to the race site early to get our packets and dropped bikes off at transition. All three events went smoothly. The open-water course was one of my favorites and I was able to start off in the lead pack. Although my bike wasn’t the best, a good kick at the end helped me close in on the top five. I dropped the hammer in the last three miles of the run and was able to podium!

However, my favorite part of TOUGHMAN wasn’t the medal I earned. The thing I loved most about TOUGHMAN was that I got to spend an awesome weekend with my friends, family, and coaches. After the race, we headed back to New London. On our way, we stopped at a nice, sit-down café in Mt. Kisco. Their long menu was enough to make a person drool, let alone a bunch of hungry triathletes. I got the turkey club with sweet potato fries and took part in the fourth, most important discipline- eating. The perfect finish to our short yet rewarding season.

Peace Out Fall Semester!


How to Get Into the U.S. Service Academies

(Choosing the Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

The semester is almost over and we have one more to go before 1/c Edwards joins the fleet. It has been jam-packed with a lot of activities, so far, but who better to share Admissions tips than a cadet who has been through it all? Here are a few application tips from 1/c Edwards!

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Return to School

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2025) Permanent link
Mia Martinelli

Right now I am about four weeks into school and I’m still trying to find that smooth rhythm that everyone talks about! I have taken my first two exams and I have a few more just around the corner. The academics here are extremely different from my high school experience. There is a lot more responsibility and independence put on each cadet. I have already found planning and organization to be so important when it comes to school, military obligations, clubs, sports and councils!

I feel really excited to continue to meet and get to know cadets, professors, company officers/chiefs, etc. I signed up for a Coast Guard mentorship program, and foxtrot company also has its own mentorship initiative. I am hopeful that I can connect with people that I can continue to learn from and build relationships with.

I am practically counting down the days until Parents Weekend! My parents and two of my siblings are getting here on Friday. I am not entirely sure of the schedule, but I know I will be excused from lunch in the wardroom to eat with them on the lower field on Friday. I believe the swim team families are planning to meet up as well. Besides that, it will be nice to catch up and hangout with them off base.

Right after Parents Weekend, we start the first official swim team practice! I just can’t wait to get back in the water. I haven’t been competitively swimming normally for about 2 years now, because of a car accident and injury recovery, as well as restrictions due to the pandemic. It is so nice to have a new team and coach. We have been doing pre-season strength training 3 times a week, which I really enjoy.

This weekend was the first homecoming weekend. It is cool to see how this one place can bring together so many amazing people. My oldest sister (class of 2010) was here for her delayed homecoming and induction into the Hall of Fame for her achievements in Basketball. I couldn’t be prouder of her.

On Friday, the corps got a long, which basically means overnight liberty. Although there wasn’t really notice ahead of time, so like a lot of the 4/c, I didn’t really coordinate with anyone to take me anywhere, which means it has been a weekend of watching athletic teams, homework, and hanging out with friends. I don’t mind though, sometimes it is nice to just do nothing after a long week.