With their season recently canceled, Yale swimmers and divers have been grappling with difficult decisions given the unusual year.
Together with most Yale student-athletes, members of the Yale swimming and diving workforce have been going through an unfamiliar semester. With the recent cancellation of winter sports, the workforce won’t be able to compete collectively within the 2020-21 season. The workforce has been attempting to profit from their coaching regardless of being geographically scattered and having various enrollment statuses.
As the autumn semester progressed, Yale was capable of transfer from Part 0 to Part II, which allowed small group actions, for a number of days. However a cluster of positive results on the men’s hockey team led to a return to Part 0 on Oct. 13. For the rest of the semester, Yale cycled between Part 0 and Part I, which didn’t permit the Yale swimming and diving workforce substantial pool time. Members of the swimming and diving workforce spoke to the Information reflecting on their enrollment choices, coaching this season and perspective towards future competitors.
“It’s positively completely different — COVID-different,” Izzi Henig ’23, who’s taking two consecutive leaves of absence for the autumn and spring semesters, stated. “I’ve been capable of land comparatively on my ft and I really feel fairly good in regards to the choices I’ve made up to now.”
The pandemic appears to have scattered the swimming and diving workforce greater than others, such because the volleyball or males’s ice hockey groups, the place most workforce members remained enrolled and in New Haven this fall. All eligible members of the volleyball workforce and all however one eligible member of the boys’s hockey workforce are enrolled in New Haven this semester. Against this, at the very least 10 members of the swimming and diving workforce took a depart of absence, with many spending their semesters away from the Elm Metropolis.
Henig remained house in California this fall, however stated she has been capable of swim along with her membership workforce from highschool. She has tried to take care of contact along with her teammates from Yale, who’ve been lively within the workforce group chat, which she says has helped her keep updated with the workforce and the way everyone seems to be doing. Except for that, there have additionally been many Zoom conferences, and, amongst teammates who’re on-campus or in any other case reside close to one another, socially-distanced hangouts.
Being again house and swimming along with her highschool workforce has been completely different and sudden, however Henig stated that having the ability to see and reconnect with them has been nice.
Jessica Whang ’23 is enrolled remotely from New York, and he or she has additionally been swimming along with her membership workforce from highschool. To maintain involved along with her workforce members, she has been doing dryland exercises over FaceTime.
“I feel it’s so essential to attach and to remain collectively,” Whang stated. “ I do know that this 12 months has positively been filled with challenges, however the workforce and the coaches have all finished an amazing job working collectively to get by way of a time like this.”
Even in these tough instances, the workforce — together with the members enrolled remotely, on a depart of absence or on-campus — has been attempting to adapt. Whang instructed the Information that the state of affairs was tough for everybody in the beginning, however now, they’re all making small changes and discovering methods to stay collectively.
In line with Henig, discovering motivation has been tough this 12 months, however she stated that motivation manifests itself in a different way for everybody.
“I feel that persons are motivated of their sport by various things, whether or not it’s competitors, coaching, being with teammates, the teaching workers,” Henig stated. “There are one million causes to be a varsity degree athlete, and so there are one million causes to remain in it even when the competitors isn’t round.”
For Henig, the prospect of future regular seasons retains her motivated. She anticipates having the ability to put on her Yale cap and race along with her teammates once more.
Henig might be staying house subsequent semester, whereas Whang plans to return to campus.
One other workforce member, Nathaniel Hickman-Chow ’23, who’s enrolled remotely this semester and plans to do the identical within the spring, appears ahead to getting along with classmates subsequent semester to coach and take lessons collectively remotely, away from New Haven — both nearly or in-person in a unique metropolis.
“With all of the shutdowns, it doesn’t seem to be coaching might be any simpler again on campus,” stated Hickman-Chow. “So we determined that it might be greatest to coach both again at house or collectively in a metropolis the place restrictions are usually not as strict.”
The Ivy League canceled all winter varsity sports activities competitors on Nov. 12.
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