The University of Mary swimming and diving team is in it’s third year as a program. The Marauders are already making traditions that are unique to their program.
“We’ll do a team read every year during the Christmas Break,” head coach Allan McCallum said.
Head Coach Allan McCallum surprised the team last season when assigned the book Mind Gym.
“I don’t think a lot of teams in the nation do mental workouts,” Luisa Garcia said.
This year, the team is reading Chop Wood Carry Water.
“It just talks about personal development, focusing on themselves and making the most out of every practice and every day,” McCallum said. “
Of course, handing college athletes more work during their time off came with mixed reactions.
“At first when you tell them that we are all going to read a book over Christmas break,” McCallum said, “they were a little hesitant,” McCallum said. “But the feedback afterwards was very positive.”
The veterans think it pays dividends in crucial moments.
“The work every does it,” Garcia said. “Everyone swims. “Having that mental part is what is really going to make that difference when you’re struggling through your last event.”
and even freshman Anna Jackson looks forward to the new tradition.
One of the may reasons I came to [U-Mary],” Anna Jackson said. “was because [Coach McCallum’s] style of coaching is very similar to what I had in Arizona.
Which means results are important, but so is life after swimming.
“Most teams have a more quantitative practice,” Jackson said, “but we have a more quality I think.”
U-Mary’s next meet is Nov. 30 against Concordia in West Fargo.
Last week, U-Mary added Century swimmer Gracie Zottnick to their class of 2019