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Bloggin' with Baughman - Second Installment
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Release: 11/11/2008
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Nov. 11, 2008 

Taylor Baughman, a freestyle All-American and Journalism major, will be blogging throughout the week on her and her teammate’s experience while being honored at the White House in recognition for capturing both men’s and women’s 2008 NCAA swimming and diving titles.

2,282 miles separate Tucson from Washington D.C.  Combine the eight hours of total travel time it takes to get here and add a 4,000 yard swimming workout on the end, and you have a tired group of Wildcats.  Nevertheless, our team always manages to find humor in each other and the day passed quickly.

 

My day started at 4:45 this morning; we had to be at McKale at 5:45 to catch a ride to the airport.  Our first flight to Chicago was three hours, and we spent an hour and a half in the O'Hare airport waiting to board for D.C.  From there, it was another two hours before we arrived to our destination.  I thought that it was getting cold in Tucson-but the East coast has reminded me how comfortable winters are in the desert.  I came equipped with a winter peacoat, but I still found myself stuffing my hands into my jean pockets in an attempt to stay warm.

 

Our hotel is centered in the main action of D.C.  The Pentagon is within walking distance and Arlington National Cemetery is just down the road.  For dinner, we went to the Pentagon City Mall.  The food court was huge, so everybody got what they wanted-which for most of the girls, was to eat quickly and then shop!  With the eating and shopping bases covered, we headed to the University of Maryland to workout.

 

Located about 30 minutes outside of the city, the University of Maryland has an awesome facility that we swam in for about an hour and a half.  It's always interesting to see other campuses and imagine what life would be like somewhere else.  Their campus has buildings that are huge and traditional looking.  It's beautiful, but missing the amazing mountain backdrop that we have on campus in Tucson. 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way back to our hotel, we concluded our day with a brief bus tour of the Capitol building and several of the monuments and museums in D.C.  I enjoy this city tremendously—it was built on the majesty of yesterday and new events write themselves into the history books everyday.

 

 

Tomorrow will be an unforgettable day and we are so thankful for this awesome experience.  Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. D.C. time, so for now its bedtime for the Wildcats.  Check back tomorrow for details on our exclusive tours--and our time spent with George W.! 

 

Bear Down,

Taylor

 

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