This weekend was one of the more eventful travel trips the men’s and women’s teams have experienced, at least in my time here at Penn.
We traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to take on Brown and Harvard at the brand new Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center! Though the pool is an amazing facility, I cannot say the same for our athletic performances at the venue. With many of us sick with what our coach is calling “the plague,” we journeyed to Providence missing many key team members leading to our pretty terrible loss to both teams.
The men put up a better fight, but they too ultimately fell to Brown. (SEE RECAP) Their meet against Harvard is not for another couple of weeks.
Though the loss put a damper on the weekend, we were all still really excited about swimming in the new pool at which men’s Ivies will be hosted during the first weekend in March.
The highlight of the weekend however, was definitely staying in the Biltmore Hotel, or so we thought. Traveling as a team can be expensive, so we do not typically stay in lavish hotels, but this weekend we thought we were living in the lap of luxury because each room had two king-size beds, and huge living room furniture sets and elegant looking décor. We came to find out that the reason this hotel was so cheap, allowing us to stay there is because it is actually the most haunted hotel in America! The Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining was based off this exact hotel.
One of the freshman men said the lights in his room flickered and the coffee pot turned on in the middle of the night. Thank God I didn’t know about this until we got home, or I wouldn’t have gotten a wink of sleep!