Monday, May 22, 2017

"The Camel"

Arturo Freitas Clemente is in Rome with his teammates.

BRIDGEPORT, Pa./ROME, Italy -- The Connecticut College men's water polo team is starting preparations for the 2017 season by taking a nine-day trip to Italy. Connecticut is touring throughout Italy, visiting several of the nation's most famous monuments and competing against various local teams as part of the educational and training trip running from Saturday, May 19, to Sunday, May 28.  This marks the inaugural foreign trip for either the men's or women's programs at Connecticut College.
The trip commenced on Saturday, May 19, in Rome as the team began their trip to the Italian Republic (the official name of Italy) with a bus tour of the historical city in the rain prior to heading over to the pool for an afternoon scrimmage with Sporting Club Tuscolano Pallanuti, a club based based in the nation's capital city.
"I have to hand it the guys," stated head coach Matt Anderson. "After a nine hour plane, and a six hour time change, we immediately went on a four-hour tour and then directly to the pool for a two hour session with a 20U club team.  We didn't get back to the hotel until 30 hours after we left the United States.  As I told the guys, 'When in Rome, take advantage of the sights and water polo. You can always catch up on your sleep in June.'"

"While it is fun to play some outstanding water polo, we also have a local tour guide with us 24/7 to dive into the historical history of the Roman Empire."
Connecticut is spending its time in Rome competing against local teams, training for the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season, as well as enjoying many of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Eternal City.
In addition, the Camels are exploring Rome's most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum as well as the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum in Vatican City. The team is slated to visit the Vatican on Monday, May 22, during the same period of time as President Trump.
After Rome, the team will make stops in Perugia - training with Libertad Rari Nantes - prior to additional trips to Assisi, Todi and Florence for more competition against Italian teams and to explore the Mediterranean country before heading back to New London, Conn., at the end of the month. 

Information courtesy Connecticut College head coach Matt Anderson

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