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    The women's swimming and diving team spent its early January winter training trip in Honolulu, Hawaii. The team was able to escape the cold confines of the contiguous United States and bond as a squad as it prepared for the second half of the 2011-12 season.

    Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Nick Schappler ('12) - Senior Manager

    After several days of intensive training, the women began their morning with an hour of yoga on Waikiki Beach. They arrived just in time to watch the sun rise over the ocean horizon. Led by team yoga instructor Steve 'Krojo' Kroniewski the team transitioned between a handful of poses including child's pose. After completing the session, the women enjoyed a team breakfast and a well-deserved afternoon away from the pool. Many team members opted for an hour of paddle boarding on Waikiki Beach. Training resumed that evening at 6:00 p.m. as the team continued to prepare for the upcoming championship season.


    Thursday, Jan. 6 - Emma Reaney ('15) and Lauren Stauder ('14)

    A group of us decided to conquer Diamondhead mountain/crater on our morning off from swimming. After yoga and breakfast, we met in the lobby of the hotel where the two of us found out that great minds really do think alike as we were both wearing the same shirt, jean shorts and blue sunglasses.

    After recovering from the shock of our coincidental matching, we all caught a bus to the state park and started hiking our way up. We were entertained along the journey by Melissa Scott's hilarious stories and impeccable singing voice as well as the fabulous views from the side of the mountain.

    Once we had trudged up several sets of very steep stairs and braved our way through some claustrophobia-evoking tunnels, we finally reached the summit and realized it was worth the work. The 360-degree view of the island was breathtaking and as always, there are copious amounts of posed group pictures to prove it.

    After our adventure we continued our day enjoying the beach before our afternoon workout. Topping off the day, the team took a trip to Yogurtland where we stuffed our faces with delectable fro-yo.


    The Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team returned to South Bend from Honolulu on Jan. 12 and promptly left the next day for a double-dual meet in Ann Arbor, Mich. Despite being exhausted from a busy and fulfilling two weeks, the Irish performed admirably, winning five events and earning 12 top-three finishes. Emma Reaney won three individual events and teamed for a relay victory in earning her record-setting third BIG EAST Swimmer of the Week honor.

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