During the week, college students get up in the morning, maybe shower, perhaps grab a quick bite to eat, then head to class. But not every student has it so easy. Some get up long before that eight o'clock class. The UNCW campus, usually full of students walking to and from class, is almost a ghost town at 6:30 in the morning, but not inside Hanover Gym. That is where athletes are breaking a sweat, long before their fellow classmates break their sleep. ”I wake up at about 5:30 and come do the workouts. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is weightlifting. Tuesday and Thursday is swimming. After that shower, get something to eat and go to class,” said Jack Lane. Jack is on the UNCW baseball team. For this freshman, getting used to college and waking up at 5:30 in the morning is not easy. “It's hard getting out of bed, I have two alarm clocks that go off at the same time to make sure I wake up it just takes a little bit to get going,” Lane said. As a sophomore, Alex Hill has had time to get used to the hectic pace, but sometimes it is nice to dream about sleeping in. “Sometimes I think about, just to be like, I wonder what it would be like to not have to work baseball for a week, just to wake up, go to class then go on about my business after that,” Hill said. It is not just the players who have to hit the gym before dawn. Head Strength Conditioning Coach Pat Murphy is there every morning, too. “It's not bad, you get used to. You get into a routine; we go five days a week in the morning,” Murphy said. As a former Seahawk baseball player himself, he has had this schedule for nearly a decade. Murphy said, “It's always better getting up do your work up front, get it in, get it over with and honestly you'll feel better throughout the day.” So while you might think the hours are foul, the baseball players know it has its rewards.
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