Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Connor Dwyer joined their alma mater University of Florida swim team for a taste of the Air Force pararescue indoctrination training during a workout with airmen at Patrick Air Force Base.
Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the swimmers and the military came together at the base Friday for a day of grueling exercises that included CrossFit training, kettlebell shuttling, group push-ups in the sand, pull-ups, beach running and undwerwater swimming in a base pool – coupled with more push-ups. The group was to finish the training with zodiac carries.
“Coming to this, I knew it was going to be hard,” Lochte told Local 6. “It’s teamwork. I’m used to a lot of the stuff, but some of it is new.”
The swimmer with 11 Olympic medals to his credit said he incorporates strongman style strength training at least once a week to supplement his swimming. And he’s already gearing toward another Olympics.
The 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base is an elite unit of highly trained airmen that specializes in combat rescue. They also do civilian rescues and humanitarian relief ans security for rocket launches in the Space Coast.
The swimmers and the military came together for the special training through friendships among Olympians who were former teammates at Florida.
Maj. Chad Senior of the 920th Rescue Wing is two-time U.S. Olympian in modern pentathlon and Anthony Nesty, one of Florida’s assistant swim coaches, represented Surinam in the Olympics.