To boost team endurance, strength and unity, the Stow Bulldog's swim teams began their annual two-a-day practices during the Christmas break.
Although they already have two-a-day practices during the school year, it's only twice a week.
According to Sophomore Cody Vantrease, this schedule is part of a plan to elevate the team’s level of competition. “Many swimming and diving programs in the state are able to practice twice a day in the water. The early morning practices help us improve and become more competitive.”
The teams use these extra practices to increase their yardage. They will eventually swim over 15,000 yards a day. This is an opportunity for bonding that the team would not get at their afternoon practice.
The early morning practices are a good opportunity for the really dedicated swimmers to improve. Is it what these athletes want to do on their vacation? No, but they realize that when it’s time for the post season, all the work, time and dedication will pay off.