Swimming - Oregon

November 20, 2015

Day 3 of our training trip was busy, tiring, enlightening and fun.

We started with a 4:45 a.m. wake-up call in order to be in the water at 5:30 to train with the senior group of the Corvallis Aquatic Team. We met them at their facility - the Osborne Aquatic Center - and the boys started outside in the 25m pool while the girls began inside in the 25y pool. Air temp outside was in the low 40's and the pool was about 83 degrees. Again, swimmers fine, coaches.....not so much. After an hour we switched and girls finished up outside and boys came in. Great practice and everyone enjoyed racing new faces. CAT swimmers then went to school, we went to breakfast and then got ready to tour Oregon State University.

We got to OSU and were able to tour and meet with campus advisors. We all got to see a striking contrast between the large (30,000+ students) public institution and the smaller private school of Willamette. Neither was better or worse than the other, just very different. At OSU, it is really large, and the campus, facilities and resources are tremendous. At Willamette there was an emphasis on the individual but the scale of the school is much smaller. Fascinating, but certainly a good fit either way for many of our swimmers.

After the tour we returned to Osborne for our second practice. We finished and drove out to the Oregon coast which was about 90 minutes away. We couldn't quite see Oahu but had fun anyway and saw two pods of dolphins, which was exciting.