By Ashley Bowden
Caitlin Johnstone, senior health
Since the swimming season came to an end, Johnstone chose to make the most of her time by revisiting the sport she played in high school. “It’s nice to be a part of a team sport, swimming is more individual,” Johnstone said. She enjoys the learning opportunity that comes along with team sports. Playing on the rugby team allows her to get advice from her teammates and correct mistakes during gameplay. “A mistake might be
Johnstone finished her swimming season and joined the rugby team with an ankle injury and a fractured foot. “With my injury, I thought I wasn’t even going to get to play,” Johnstone said. She took two months to heal and go through physical therapy before playing on the field in March. Johnstone officially joined the team in January. Despite having to overcome an injury, the main thing Johnstone adjusted to was the amount of running. “I found a lot of my skills from high school were still there, and I didn’t find tackling too bad,” she said.
Since she joined the team late, John-stone was glad the other members were open and welcoming. “Walking onto a team that’s been together already for a couple of years, adding a new person could be messy, but I fit in well,” she said. Having a will to learn the sport again as well as teammates willing to help
“I knew I wanted to play rugby after I was done with swimming,” Johnstone said. In fall 2018 she spoke with the previous coach, John Royal about joining the team. When Colleen Doherty became
When she played rugby in high school, Johnstone enjoyed playing with 15 players on each side of the field. So far, the Pioneers have played games with seven team members on each side. Johnstone anticipates playing longer games with more players in the fall season