VARIOUS LOCATIONS - The Bryn Mawr track & field team has been carrying out teamwide pushup challenges across winter break since the 2013 season as a way for the team to stay in touch and stay motivated during the downtime. For obvious reasons, however, the Owls thought it was particularly important to keep the tradition rolling this year. It is still a great way for the Owls to keep in touch with their teammates and encourage lines of communication, but according to head coach Jason Hewitt, it has also become way more competitive as well.
"I'm so proud of how well these athletes have made the best of this past year," Hewitt proclaimed while sharing results from the weeklong competition. "They have continued to impress even without being able to compete in meets."
Junior distance specialist Izzy Ravaglia won this year's version of the competition, setting a new program record in the process. Ravaglia performed a mind-boggling 2440 pushups over the seven-day stretch, smashing the previous program record from last year. Her fellow classmate Amelia McDonnell grabbed second with a total of 2021 pushups, while Dorian Alexis wrapped up the top three with a total of 1600. Six student athletes averaged over 100 pushups per day, while the top three averaged over 200!
Winter 2021 Pushup Challenge Top 10
Izzy Ravaglia - 2440
Amelia McDonnell - 2021
Dorian Alexis - 1600
Zaynah Moen - 1111
Coach Hewitt - 1005
Sarah Keane - 921
Caroline Robertson - 800
Ellie Schumacker - 650
Mia Gaughan - 430
Emily Darrow - 365
Ravaglia relished the opportunity to get back into a competition mindset. "Our team challenges, like the pushup challenge, are a fun way to stay connected while apart and keep our competitive spirit alive doing something athletic but not super serious. Everyone is positive and encouraging and its really motivating to see what your teammates are pushing themselves to do.
The pushup competition even led some of the Owls to have to find unique places to get their work in. "This past week my arms have been sore every day," closed Ravaglia. "I've done pushups in some ridiculous places (beach parking lot!) but I've had a lot of fun being creative with where/when to do them and feeling motivated by my teammates to see what I can do."