HONOLULU - Since landing in Hawaii, the UIC men's and women's swimming & diving teams have had to deal with unfortunate rain, but that did not stop them from training, as the sun began to shine on Saturday.
After a morning session at the pool on Thursday, the Flames headed to Crossfit Waipio for dryland training. The group split after lunch and went to either the Dole Plantation or Waikiki Beach. Those that went to the Dole Plantation indulged in Dole Whip, pineapple soft-serve ice cream, while walking around to view the plantation. Waimea Bay, a well-known spot to see large waves, was their next stop, before heading to Laniakea Beach where Brutus the sea turtle was beached.
On Thursday evening, the swim team headed over to the UHM pool to compete against Hiram College, Houston (women only) and Minnesota State (women only). Despite the windy and rainy conditions on deck, the co-ed mixed relays allowed the Flames to get in a competition and have fun at the same time, as the meet ended with the teams participating in a t-shirt relay. UIC placed first and second in all events but the 200 t-shirt relay, competing in 200 medley, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 500 crescendo, 200 free and 400 IM relays.
UIC was out on Friday for a repeat day of Thursday morning, with its pool time and dryland session, changing location to Crossfit Pearl City. Snorkeling was on the schedule for that afternoon, with the group exploring more than one location. The men's and women's teams were on their own in the evening, as team dinners were held at restaurants selected by captains.
Saturday marked the first day of sun, doubles for the swimmers, and competition for the divers. The Flames headed over to VMAC in the morning, before taking to the pool at Manoa Valley District Park in the evening, receiving a day off from yoga or dryland training.
The divers were one-of-nine schools at Saturday's competition, hosted by UHM. Among those competing were divers from Wisconsin, Boise State, Minnesota, USC, Houston, St. Cloud State, Drury and Hawaii. The best scores for the Flames came from Mike Greco in the three-meter dive with 286.35, placing fourth, and Whitney Johnson in the one-meter with 232.90.
Another sunny day on Sunday brought UIC back to VMAC for a two-and-a-half hour session before dryland at Crossfit Pearl City. The teams had brunch on campus following their training and then headed out to either go to Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach Park or shopping at the International Market Place. The Flames regathered in the early evening before departing for a night session at MVDP.
Check back to uicflames.com for video and photos from team activities, including tomorrow's trip to Pearl Harbor.