So I’ve got tons to talk about but it will have to wait until the next post because this one is dedicated to answering the question left in a comment for me a few posts ago. Here’s what it said:
Could you tell me more about the swim team. I will be applying to SMC and am very interested in swimming. Since its DII, what were the tryouts like and when were they when you were senior...when you came to SMC in the fall, or before that. Thanks
So I know not everyone is interested in the swim team (even though you should be), but this kind of information may apply for other sports too so read on.
Swimming, like all sports here at SMC, is Division 2. We practice 5 days a week (Monday –Friday) with dryland on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lifting twice a week plus full team lift on Saturday afternoon. Practices are 3:30-5:30 and if you have a class scheduling conflict with that once or twice a week, you can go to morning practices which are offered every day from 5:30-7:30 AM.
We don’t really have a “tryout” period, like basketball or hockey. If you’re interested in learning more about the team in terms of you swimming on it, I suggest contacting coach. His email is JDonoghue@smcvt.edu. You can visit and meet with him and in the spring we have a recruit weekend where a bunch of recruits come and stay with swimmers (most likely freshmen.) Last year we had a pasta dinner together, played water polo, and then got together at night. It’s usually a weekend in March or April. If you can’t come to that, there are plenty of people who come for a weekend at their convenience, mostly in the spring when we’re out of season.
After that, if you decide you’re going to come here and swim for us, practice starts in late September. This year it was the 22. The first two weeks we tend to lose a few people here and there who decide swimming isn’t for them or that they don’t want to do it anymore. Otherwise, it’s a long haul until February for the rest of us. We have our first meet in the end of October. You can find our schedule here. If you live somewhere nearby any of our meet locations and want to come watch us swim, tell coach and he can talk with you!
In December, over Christmas break, we go on a training trip. It’s not mandatory because of the cost, but it’s definitely recommended by coach and the rest of the team. It’s tons of fun, really hard, and a great bonding experience for us. We leave a few days after Christmas, are there over New Years, and then come back to school a week before everyone else to swim some more. Most days are double sessions with practices in the morning and the afternoon. Below is a pic of the whole team before practice one morning.
Championships are in February and then we’re done! Last year the women’s team placed 7th out of 21 team and the men places 7th out of 14 teams at championships. This year we’ve got a much bigger team, especially the men, and we’re very excited to do well.
So I think that’s all I can say without going overboard. If you’ve got other questions, don’t hesitate to email me, comment back, or even email coach. Hope that was helpful.
I’ll be back sometime with week or weekend with another post about everything exciting going on in my life. Lot’s of good reading material. Anyway, check back in a few days!