BRUNSWICK — Fay O’Donnell is happy she is going to get to expertise some type of campus life when she enrolls as a freshman at Bowdoin Faculty within the fall.
She will probably be in a dorm and, as a first-year pupil, will expertise a complete new degree of independence.
What the Mt. Ararat graduate gained’t be capable to do is compete on the Polar Bears’ cross nation workforce after the school introduced Monday it had canceled the autumn sports activities season and halted all athletics till not less than Jan. 1.
Additional, Bowdoin additionally introduced it’s holding the vast majority of its college students away from campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Solely freshmen and a handful of seniors will probably be allowed on campus within the fall.
For athletes like O’Donnell, the cancelation means extra particular person coaching.
“I’m unhappy that there gained’t be a season, however it’s good that there’s a plan,” O’Donnell stated. “Proper now I’m simply ready for a coaching schedule.”
The choice to cancel the autumn sports activities season — and among the winter — leaves some student-athletes pondering their futures.
Bowdoin ladies’s basketball junior Anika Helmke, for instance, stated she is attempting to weigh her choices.
“Now we have a workforce assembly to let everybody react and course of it,” Helmke stated. “It’s nonetheless too early to decide however we opened it as much as everybody and let everybody reply.”
Helmke and O’Donnell each stated the announcement, which they obtained in an e mail, was removed from stunning.
“My preliminary response was, ‘Thank God,’” O’Donnell stated. “I do know the plan now. I anticipated it however now it’s all within the open.”
Added Helmke: “We’re all attempting to be optimistic, however realistically this complete pandemic isn’t a few months factor. We’re conscious of the truth that we aren’t allowed on campus till January, however going from that to plating a full-contact sport appears a bit far-fetched to me.”
Helmke added that she is planning on taking programs remotely, not less than for now.
O’Donnell was trying ahead to working with former teammates, however that, too, has been placed on maintain.
“I’m bummed to not have the upperclassmen up right here,” O’Donnell stated. “I’ve a pair associates who’re juniors there and I really feel unhealthy, it’s a complete totally different expertise.”
O’Donnell has been in contact with monitor coach Lara-Jane Que and cross nation coach Peter Slovenski not too long ago. O’Donnell has been understanding on her personal, working three-to-four miles a day with some pace exercises and cross coaching combined in. She was additionally coaching for the Seashore to Beacon earlier than it was canceled.