Spring Training

Spring Training

Spring athletes connect, train, and compete over March Break.

Lifelong memories are made while traveling and spending March Break with friends. While many memories were made by the students on Pomfret’s baseball, boys crew, and boys and girls lacrosse teams during their time together over March Break, they also enhanced their skills and prepared for the upcoming season.

Boys crew rowed an eight in the Intercoastal Waterway.

Members of the boys crew team traveled and trained in Sarasota, Florida — a trip spearheaded by Cal Wolanin ’25. After his team expressed an interest in a spring training trip last season, he spent part of his summer break researching options. He found and helped organize the opportunity to row at the Sarasota Crew’s facilities in the Intracoastal Waterway. The team rented an eight-person boat and spent four hours a day on the water. “Rowing in an eight was a great learning opportunity and something I have never done before,” says Cal. When the team wasn’t on the water, they explored the local area, including Nathan Benderson Park, where the US Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials will be hosted in April.

The baseball played at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.

The baseball team also visited and played at a world-class facility — the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, the former spring training site of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Florida. “The complex we trained and stayed at was amazing," says Carson Ames '25. "It was the best week of baseball I've ever had!" The team played six games against teams from Virginia, Maryland, and Alaska and had a lot of success at bat, scoring double-digit runs in multiple games. "The team is now more than ready to start our season off on the right foot," added Matt McClure '25.

While in Florida, the girls lacrosse team went to a University of Tampa womens lacrosse game.

The girls lacrosse team had the chance to hone and perfect their skills in practices and three exhibition games in the Tampa Bay area. "Our time in Florida gave us a chance to work out the things we need to do before the regular season starts," Kenley Giblin '24 says. Off the field, the girls attended the University of Tampa game against Lee University and toured St. Leo University with a member of their Division II women's lacrosse team. "The trip has been one of the highlights of my freshman year," shares Maddy Antos '27

The boys lacrosse team stayed on the Hilltop, sharpening their on-field product and working on the game's mechanics on their home turf. Off the field, the team spent their downtime at a player's house and took part in team-building activities. Later in the week, they put their training into play on a road trip exhibition game against The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. "The game and week helped the team build character and resiliency and showcased our strengths and weaknesses," says Chase Squires '25. "I had a great week with the team! We all loved being together as a team and forming deeper relationships with each other before our season started."

"These March Break training opportunities give teams the chance to strengthen their skills and build bonds. The dedicated time together helps their athletes create connections with their teammates off the field and water," said Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs Mo Gaitán. "Building momentum from the spring training trips into the spring season is a value-add for our students and their experience." 

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