Baker & Johnston's Hawaiian Training Trip Blog

Dec. 17, 2013

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Sophomores Collin Baker and Adam Johnston are co-authoring a training trip blog here at as Purdue swimming and diving teams spend their holiday break in Honolulu preparing for the remainder of their seasons. New blog updates will be posted at the top of this page.

Collin Baker

Hello readers, this is Collin Baker from the Purdue Men's Swimming Team. My teammate Adam Johnston and I are blogging the team's training trip as we head to Hawaii on Wednesday. Everyone is really excited for some fun and down time after a long semester and a lot of competitions. I'm looking forward to just having a chance to relax, as well as getting out and exploring the islands. There's a picture of what the weather in Indiana is like right now (It's dark by 5 p.m.). The snow might be pretty but I'll take a beach over that any day!

One downside is that most of us, me included, won't get to see our families for the holidays. This will be the first year I haven't been home for Christmas, although we had everyone home last week and celebrated it early. On top of that, I get to spend Christmas with my Boilermaker family. And that may be cheesy, but I'm truly grateful for the second family that I have in this team. I know we'll grow closer over the training trip, and by the end we'll have some great memories and stories to tell. Thanks for reading and Boiler Up!

Adam Johnston

Hello! My name is Adam and this is my first of many posts about our trip to Hawaii! The Purdue swim team will be taking off on Wednesday the 18th. This is a trip we have all been looking forward to, as you would expect. We will be spending 21 days in Honolulu where we will be training extremely hard, competing, and of course enjoying daily warm weather, beaches, and a number of other activities. I will be updating this blog on a regular basis to keep everyone up-to-date on what we're up to on our training trip get away. Below is a picture of Waikiki Beach. Needless to say, I'm VERY excited for this trip. See you soon!

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue swimming and diving teams will celebrate the New Year in the Hawaiian Islands, traveling to the heart of the Pacific Ocean for their annual winter training camp that will feature multiple weeks of two-a-day practices.

The Boilermakers will be traveling to Hawaii for the first time since the 2006-07 season. A dual meet against the University of Hawaii is tentatively set for Saturday, Jan. 4 at UH's Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, an outdoor facility.

The Purdue men depart for Honolulu Dec. 18 and the Purdue women are scheduled to join them Dec. 27. Both teams are scheduled to depart the Islands Jan. 8. Co-ed dual meets at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center against Michigan and Michigan State are set for the weekend of Jan. 10-11.

The Boilermakers will be staying only two blocks from Waikiki Beach. They'll be training at the Iolani School's Dillingham Pool, an outdoor facility located just across the Ala Wai Canal from their condominium accommodations. Daily practices are set for 5:40-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Dryland and weight training sessions are also part of the daily itinerary. With the fall semester curriculum commitments complete, the swimmers have an opportunity to focus strictly on training over the winter break.

The annual winter training camp helps the Purdue student-athletes gear up for the second-semester portion of their schedules, highlighted by the championship season (mid-February through March). This year will mark the third time since 2002-03 that the Boilers have had the opportunity to hold their winter training camp in Hawaii. The coaching staff has worked the Purdue athletics administration to establish a rotating schedule for the winter training camp, alternating trips to warm-weather locales like Florida and Hawaii with years in which the teams stay home and train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The swimming and diving Twitter accounts -- @PurdueMSwimDive and @PurdueWSwim -- as well as the teams' Facebook page will feature periodic photos and other highlights of the Boilers' stay in Hawaii. Adam Johnston and Collin Baker will also be providing blog updates for the men's experiences. A women's travel blog here at for the Hawaii trip is also being planned.




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