U.S. Naval Academy Sea Trials: Part 1
CSN Washington dot com. You travel towards the Chesapeake. -- -- -- -- -- Maryland state capitals a postcard -- And this for a if you look closer. You'll notice that there are signs that this is a college. Not just any college town. This is hosting an academy talked on the banks of the seven remaining with -- termed an institution higher. So much. I've. I'm gonna miss him and start seeing some of my tire perspective of the Naval Academy. Things. And. It kind of puts big I got there quick but punitive. Nearly 181000. Applicants from all fifty -- It's whittled down to just 1200. And he left. Only the best of the best except as it has been every years since -- academy was founded in 168. Years ago. Leaving this class of 26 team with the chosen here. Think -- understand how rigorous the academic program here and being at the Naval Academy. It's all of Bachelor of Science very heavy math and science curriculum. Ten days ago about eighteen credits to debate team credit for student. It's tight end in the bottom of the Yankee the -- have bet on it you know like violent nature and me and I. The best had to get up at the best and really it's not that people are going to get it so -- the highest haven't. In time I think it's going to be the -- of -- I'll -- is defined as a member of the lowest class of the Naval Academy. And with that lately it's -- most of their first year taking on new challenges. But one thing they have experienced plenty is physical training. I'll. Lots of PT. A routine part of -- everything chips today. Physical fitness is a -- at the Naval Academy so much so that fifteen years ago. A group of fourth class midshipmen to side of the special things in order to test the readiness of the class while providing upperclassmen. Opportunity to develop leadership skills. Ask the sea trials were born. Comcast sports -- it was just an unprecedented access to the 2013 version of the longest day of the year at the Naval Academy. From the darkness -- 3 in the morning for the closing ceremony fifteen hours later. -- -- America's best and brightest continued their march through Annapolis a journey to become the future America's military. And just as important. Country's future -- These athletes were tested but unlike any final exam they may have encountered in the classroom. But the class of 116 this test was all about strength will. Perseverance. And. You push the limit you know you make -- fifteen carries they're really long time has definitely moving and also worked with the upper class. They know how to train the team then be physically ready for any event if you had 8000 people -- real life. Yeah he's in. Move on that. Yeah it's long it's going to be physically challenging young is an affordable robustness. Eight different bases divided into 32 stations for thirty companies participating. All the spread throughout the Naval Academy campus -- trials represented pinnacle event for the fourth class friendship. But nothing can truly prepare them the experience. I end up I don't. I think my knees are going to be the skin off my knees literally no scraped off mobile phone and we had done by this time it was only if we'll you to see trials through the prism of free please. As they look to overcome the challenges today reflecting on the toughest year of their lives and they shouldn't fourth personal loss to the United States do. He is often testy when he steps into the -- but Max Kolb wants or would encounter a test for which no team could ever prepare. I. In the semester I got a call from my parents and it's only that my house burned down and saying I'll back and forth as. One measurement. Any determination. For surgery role. No obstacles are beyond her reach. I'm people don't believe he can live at five linemen and you know playing a lot less than most people average that. This in the fourth class -- only nine season. Whenever -- -- at the academy is all about adjusting but for Gary Coleman junior and enlisted. It was almost two months to -- I told why do those things -- -- total you know on this is this is not for me I wanted to graduate and you can no Indian Ocean anymore. Teamwork and insurance and toughness. These are the stories of the sea trials and the last. Stay with us for this incredible look behind the scenes of America's future heroes in training this Comcast sports that presents. 2013. Sea trials were limited commercial interruption next. For the naval academy's class of 2016. -- trouser conclusion. Of a year's worth of dedication and hard work. The lessons learned since induction he must now manifest themselves in a grueling test designed to push the sleeps at their limit. The mission statement is clear to overcome today's challenge us -- -- the strongest individuals. The mission is his travels -- to provide. Culminating physical and mental challenge to explain sixteen feet yes. That is designed to test team. And mentally tough. Strengthening the bonds. Of company in class. Fast and physical and mental barriers both individually and as a team to test. And as a team. Okay. Four days before the start of the 2013. Sea trials midshipman Victoria -- together one final time. To finalize the logistics. Longest day of the year at the Naval Academy. That was going over in the -- athlete that has in the beginning to stop on Monday Sunday night before -- -- Tennessee. Avoided that I was -- one last round -- for any last minute things they had. It is -- to midshipmen -- staff to efficiently coordinate more than 800 leave us through fifteen hours of grueling events. From station to station -- Dangerous tasks without injury. Mostly organized by upperclassmen. -- trials is not just a learning experience for the -- First the upperclassmen in the leadership opportunity for them. And an effective pretty tough one again if you inspire and motivate this is probably one of the toughest things to do I think if you can tell people what they want me longer to get them actually following you. Required. That motivation keep. Ultimately the success of the sea trials won't be measured by who -- in the back. Jump the highest score but the hardest but who embraced the concept. So this day. Crucial building block to successful military career we'll be. Was stolen and found some Bunkley will fell but -- -- that Philly they'll find out where they need to work on for the next three years they haven't been able. Others physically ill give you -- yes. But either of our our -- some of the teamwork. Overcoming challenge and overcoming obstacles or anything -- help them together. In his speech for the class of 2016. On induction day last year vice admiral Michael Miller's. In order to succeed here and make it to graduation day and 2006 team. You will have to work as a team. Individuals. Will not prevail. Just over a year ago. More than 12100 wide -- fresh -- pleased in the brand new world designed to transform them into the next generation of leaders. We're Atlanta native classical boxer and rolling at the Naval Academy was an easy choice giving him an opportunity to grow into the person he. I would say that it was the ideal fit for me because what I want to explore was leadership and boxing does or doesn't like to folks this year and that's what. That's what this place is really offering me I'm surrounded by people that are like minded driven. Really strong people. Who really really understand what it takes. To become. The leaders that are gonna leave this military. Yeah go. Gold washer and his fellow classmates are part of a select group to be able -- -- -- -- -- I can get in school you have to get nomination for a kind of. And they tell anything -- away from them play really when you spent time -- like pounding in his twilight. Only 7%. Of those who applied to be part of the class of 2016. Were accepted. You know we -- really wanna succeed and so you know having having these challenges it just makes it that much more. That was more important for us to. To make sure we get everything done you know memorize anything to memorize it get -- need to get up early and actually do the work that. That's the best describe -- because we all want it doesn't always succeed. To succeed the pleased with the life different than most college freshman. The freedoms many first your college students are accustomed to don't exist on this campus restrictions include no TV. Music or movies. -- cannot Wear civilian clothing. And can only speak when spoken to buy an upper class. Hopefully stay as filled with training and academics with little time for socializing. The different kind itself is not you know. This is is tough physically but it's also really tough mentally you know you have to you have to be in. As far as your mind your mind has to be in in every day every day when you make you have to know that you know -- in the United States Naval Academy I have to I have to give 100%. -- of myself. You know again -- really every day go to bed laid out trying to you know still if you go with athletics in there and everything like dad. The same time you know you just academically. Is that your defense is household times. Unfortunately for gold -- There's challenges extended past the campus. And yeah might look a little bit. And and. -- semester I got a call from the parents and it's only that my house burned down in December. But there's some nice and so there really got to go home and you know coming home -- not home was definite challenge. John by the house in that was just charred wreck you know go to the go to the sudden -- of fun things that are left over. It was a news isn't news really just a tough mental strain. Hopefully series hard enough to the most ideal situations. But things at home unsettle the navy community rallied around one of their own. I'd say -- comes -- not come -- personally you know talks and initial thing is all right -- the reception my mom was having a hard time. You know them the time commander of just my room you know make sure everything is okay. Really just the support that I had everywhere he goes -- is really inspiring. Inspiration isn't hard to find at the Naval Academy with sleeves of all sizes and working together. Toward the same goal. Yeah it's. It and hit it good. My name's -- -- back yeah. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The dark phase of -- trials begins just after three in the the morning as the league's got their own fair infield candidate that will test their minds. And spirit today. For roughly the next fifteen hours they'll be put through a series of challenges that serve. As the culmination of a life changing here at the Naval Academy. The day begins with the physical warm. Is hot in the mood to slice of cleaves -- start there regiment the dark days was the -- is. Part of a sea trials. Because throwing -- pleased we and all of the energy. You know we just waking up and now we were ready -- hit the ground running. I never got this -- doubles gave me the night. I young says the tires sophomore ice there -- there with us and they're making a lot of fun and a contract and yet still and then -- into that. Yeah. You can do better than that. Then music playing for a -- you know there are a lot of upper class out there. At 3 in the morning you weren't going with us but still won the other sport isn't I've got a solid Jazz. Laughter and smiles as soon give way to -- -- faces of determination. And exhaustion. But for now here is filled with giddy anticipation. Yeah. Plus some groups wrestle with a giant time. Others in the morning and return to the wire crawls to. The dark space is just the warmup for the challenges to come. Really wasn't you know that that's strenuous is still kind of gloves like you know we didn't really get overheated. -- I mean it was so challenging. -- But as the sun rises over novelists and see trials begins in earnest. Company soon realise the real challenges -- yet to begin. In the sand -- your company's are still three separate walls using the sand bags provided the key is speed and keeping your fellow classmates motivated. Every fifth day. Every few minutes -- -- and the gala boom when you go back out on MTV and they do it again economy. Start doing it. It goes. That as long as you what I feel laid it laid down behind it and now look how good. Please turn around the throughout the triple required physical training or -- team. Adding an extra level this county to an already difficult exercise. In this for the most successful teams -- the ones which pulled together who. You can keep their teammates parents -- The success of teamwork isn't just measured by the physical and also by the ones that present mental challenges. In the explosive ordnance disposal -- -- companies must use their wits to complete their mission despite growing exhaustion. Boudreau -- -- right now uses the object of a laid out very specific you know. On the other side of this obstacle course there -- little thin grip with the purple tops on them that it's. I couldn't win. Are when you are not -- well I broke out well this -- -- my memory -- rearrange these objects of Barrett. It sounds if you're successful in doing that my staff did get a sandy did you hotel. -- boys and girls and. -- must navigate through this course without touching the wires while upperclassmen do their best to provide a distraction. Street this information. Thought her out keeping sharp mentally just as much a part of -- trousers any physical lives. In the -- Deidre memorizing pitcher could be just as hard is doing thirty pushups or scaling the wall. This is a drill that above all requires focus and being able to trust your teammates. -- I didn't want to go and do really good. It's not the lucky dog doesn't distract a bit but every game hasn't been off I don't I don't mind my dog fighting dogs. -- -- -- Thank you doctor tells us -- -- good lineup I don't know. I don't yeah I don't and as I don't yeah. -- just yeah okay. It's easy to see when a team completes its -- successful. Upon teamwork can help overcome any challenge. I waiving him then. -- You cleaves on campus went through more challenges than Mac -- to answer did this past year. On top with a rigorous sleep schedule and losing his house. Who wants it was also part of the navy boxing team presently finishing the season ranked second in the country. Despite the individual nature of this defeat in the team resonates even state. There's there's -- team -- -- I'm not a national sample we've got for the people who are so you know being able to be on that that's a fourteen and you know they may be up in the ring -- -- a year right there on the sidelines -- them in and you're cheering yelling it's almost do now doesn't seem but it doesn't matter of physics astronomy that was and they transport. For gold watch certain to see trials turned out not to be just funny games as in life lessons learned here. Are also learned the hard way. Whether it was a -- -- whereas. I'm back I couldn't really tell you a bad idea that something went wrong and many. There -- came over and say you know I've I really wanna sit here and Indian news you know. Like you'll be able to finish but I really need you need to get checked out and I said you know that's really not what I'm trying to do my. My company men in my company except him over and -- talked into -- there right now I mean he's got to finish. Because I I don't think Ellen Miller live that is. I just -- south side will. Max would spend the rest of the day on the sidelines with his company and serving as an inspirational voice. More really excited and proud to watch watch wrestling companies carry on. The way they did and you know I try to provide as much motivation as -- good you know still Janeiro on you know seen Ginn people water. You know trying to just how how about our good. Preparing young men and women for battle is as much a part of -- -- anything else. The river ranger is another example that lessons learned on this day will carry forward. Throughout their military career. At their expense in the lead so there are many more fair -- now we've got to Brewers like -- that. That I was a little mock Chicago's -- of the larger facility in our purposes did you -- that played the little exposure. What -- -- can go to -- A little pressure good -- -- We haven't done around the outside of course knowledge -- -- question Islanders and when they get into the around the course this year led to compound. -- account though they're creative with -- requirement record is a little -- thing in the -- and vehicles coming apply -- The weather is basically help them get back David downed pilot and by the house and nurture the pilot to get him back at it there where they're contracting and that. I'm pretty. Yeah. I don't know if not I'm not fewer than Gonzalez don't want is. Coach just an exercise the importance of the -- injury and can't be overstated. Hostage situation success will only be achieved by the work of a cohesive unit working towards the -- In the people exercise teams play game of capture the flag coordinating their attack against their fellow companies and. Aaron there aren't. Strategy plays a huge role for companies in this -- Those with a plan and to succeed far more than those without. In the please willing to sacrifice themselves. There and the mission is more important -- an individual but just. Graded out there I got to sacrifice myself and -- move -- my other I admit they wanna -- me and they. They got the I think it was a -- getting his feet up the flag and we did win an evolution. Off to a team. Team. A simple concept -- the idea that any number of individuals can come together to succeed as a single unit. It is just one part the sea trials learning process but an idea that hasn't lost from the class of 2006 to. We'll I think they he'll have one goal -- -- -- coming to get finding lanes because everyone has -- And he might give me and that's and he -- had. I can't get a few -- The night at home. Most people -- -- -- match you gonna fifteen I Darren -- -- why. Yeah noble laureate for literature. Williams thought it. I believe that mantle not really into it. Q will prevail and he is immortal. Not because he alone among creatures hasn't inexhaustible voice but because he has sold. A spirit capable of compassion. And sacrifice. And endurance. That is your toughest test from the naval station site. As the -- were confronted with the task of running the obstacle course. The obstacle course that the US Naval Academy. It was designed by the Marines to challenge physical fortitude. The course measures the upper and lower body fit for the please while -- marks crossing monkey bars. And over high walls. And finishing in the and with a broken. Didn't thank god gave America did you manage that put the lineup. It's basically a crap -- everything -- A walker Neifi and how badly enough to get over. And as somebody who -- a difficult I mean I've always had trouble monkey bars but you know there's no. Look at what the look in my section. I finished it is really hard for me whereas you know. -- some other spot they spread the road yeah. Some people that those -- so really it and provides sort of like level playing field for everybody because. Some also makes up for others. There's definitely a great equalizer but a lot of fun the last. For Michigan looking to join the Marines men must complete the old course in one men -- women. Two minutes. I've done so I committed six I'm trying to -- did her I'm ready to Marines put that number I think at that time I've ever been on. There's one at the naval station is right. If you went back in. Good fast. From the onset surgery out of Randy obstacle course at a steady pace until some of the obstacles slow down her teammates in the front ever. She could only verbally motivate her fellow pleased to get through this portion of team trials. And they ask them again and as I've seen them they had -- not say it. Than both aces than me I can't play any. I that they give the padres' and I am I thought he got up at night. -- -- -- -- Inspiring and it makes everybody catch anything just to watch and -- could see also thought to the Pacers squad leaders. Their company commanders are all getting in with them and pushing them harder than you can't go over the ground fighting are actually going to get together and keep up the -- Shares are relatively small in stature and standing at five foot one. He's one of 292. Women and a class of more than 12100 please and is constantly proving doubters. Math anxiety since high school having an all England in the academy -- Molly so late. You know I thank you -- -- Again -- even. Looking at stock and you know I only diet and with John and a lot of the guys that say you like -- mildly you have fun. These tough especially if and in games as the women have a lot of the game. -- was merely a child with her mom and dad decided to -- from Columbia to America. She herself into new frontier becoming the first to her immediate family to join the military. I can't thank them. Incredibly hard to get game and I know I -- company and it was not easy. You know island a lot of fun. What they've done for me because like they've done it you know it's again in my opinion and I thank each and -- hasn't I'm telling -- I don't think at that. I think you know me it was the highest. Yeah and cannot be hanging here in this country in anyway have -- day in. It's kind of like to accomplish something in my pants like hey I get where we act now I would tie it in the ABA and highway and if you really plant and he really wants and then you have a -- mind thinking he can get and you just NN finished in the high times. Sixty community them. I'm just happy that. My least favorite moments was while the team that can actually. In this day and we know we do punches and then -- also acknowledged that got him. I start dialog if I got nine guys that there's definitely tired and I got a taste and probably. Against the -- 500. 500 pounds but are caused because the -- -- -- -- -- -- about a foot -- but it's sides met head straight days. Whether you're Sarah's side sore foot tall like Gary -- -- This particular station does not discriminate. There are. That was the point where my body head. My lower body shut down I had -- golf and I wasn't able to lose this break in overtime. In the timed event. Soul and I was the last guy cross the line because my holiday there and stuff. That was definitely you know -- the worst time. Well and able to contribute in an event -- I'm not only you know look at the strongest contributor. And well. Basically what we're doing here -- we're trying to get via typically a good. Basically just let them under a lot of stress and it gets a chance do. Or hardship but teaches them a little. The leadership and I think that they can you know help each other out how they go they go. And set -- down. And you've done that you did the job. -- job. CSN Washington dot com.