By: Sarah Schaffer ’16 & Meredith Murphy ’16
As the two social chairs of the Washington and Lee Swim Team, we were excited when were asked to write this blog. In the heart of the season it was a luxury to have a full weekend off to socialize, catch up on work, support fellow generals, and clear our heads before big upcoming meets*.
Friday evening was Halloween, and per Washington and Lee tradition, most students dress up as ugly as possible. Meredith is already ugly, so she spent the evening in the library taking an exam as to not make everybody else feel bad about their costumes (of course I am, joking with her). While the two of us spend a large amount of time together, I did not have any work so we had to spend the evening apart unfortunately. I dressed up as a taco (see photo to the right) and spent much of my evening hanging out with swimmers. It was a great opportunity to bond with the first-years outside of the pool.
Saturday was full of campus events that we both made an effort to attend. We supported the women’s soccer team’s big win against Randolph-Macon, as well as the football team’s valiant effort against Emory & Henry. Being athletes on campus, we always appreciate other students supporting us, so a weekend without a meet gave us the opportunity to support our fellow student athletes. We also attended a chili cook-off philanthropy event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are two swimmers who love food, so we went to Don Tequila’s for another meal afterwards! Meredith and I love food as you can tell by our faces in the picture we took at Don Tequila’s.
After consuming too much food (per usual), we were ready for another fun filled evening. Several swimmers attended a formal event in Charlottesville, while others stayed in Lexington socializing with swimmers and other friends. It was a busy day not spent in the pool.
Sunday was a day full of team bonding. We spent the afternoon together as a team bonding on the alpine ropes course. Everyone had the opportunity to climb the alpine tower or belay a fellow teammate. We also spent some time discussing what we need to do as a team to achieve success this season. This is one of our favorite team bonding activities because we love each other as well as taking awkward pictures of each other in harnesses.
Sunday evening was our annual Harry Potter themed gathering where every team member is sorted into one of the four houses. The team has a great time dressing to theme and playing various Harry Potter games to win points for their house. It was a great end to a fun weekend of team bonding!
Next week we’ll have another written entry from the team. Look forward to that mid-week.