An Early Morning Swim

This year’s boys swim team is now practicing from 6 am to 7:30 am for two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday.


 Boys who have a first period class practice from 6:00am to 7:00am to make sure that they won’t be late for their first period class. This was due to the fact that both boys and girls water polo practices in the pool and that the coach, Tarrrikk Dao also coaches at a club in the afternoon. 

“I think that the morning practices have many [positives and negatives,” says Junior Dominic Gage. Recently the temperatures at 6 am to 7 am varies from 38 degrees to 55 degrees. The temperature in the pool normally stays at a 76 to 78 degrees. The workout in the morning is just the same as afternoon practices with the team swimming a total of around 2000 yards. The team gets on the pool deck by 5:50 am and then stretches and core workouts for around 10 minutes and gets in the water by 6:00 am. 

“I usually wake up at 4:45 for morning practices,” says Junior Matthew Suban. On these morning practice days, the team gets out of the pool and continues their school day as usual, even if it means that they have to go to class with wet hair. On the days that the boys’ team swims in the morning, the girls’ team swims in the afternoon right after school from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The entire team also has a morning dryland workout at the TOHS track from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on Wednesdays where the team runs, does yoga, and does various core exercises.