Meet the Johns Hopkins Wading Team. Yes, the Wading Team.

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Photo via JHUWading Facebook page
Photo via JHUWading Facebook page

See those guys in the photo above — the ones lounging in a kiddie pool with big grins on their faces? Believe it or not, they’re athletes — members of Johns Hopkins’ brand-new Wading Team. “A wading team competition involves seven players: six waders and a referee,” Nicholas Mehrle sophomore and team member, told the JHU News Letter. “You sit in the pool until you’ve become ‘adequately pruney’; that’s the official term stipulated by the International Wading Team Association.”

Photo via JHUWading Facebook page
Photo via JHUWading Facebook page

Uh, okay. But my skepticism doesn’t matter; the group recently got official status from the school’s Student Government Association, which makes it eligible for funding.

Photo via JHUWading Facebook page
Photo via JHUWading Facebook page

The bro-y looking dudes — and they do appear to all be dudes — of the wading team posted photos of its “first training session” to its Facebook page, claiming that “it was a rough day but the team kept morale high” apparently through pink lawn flamingos, inflatable beach balls, and frosty cans of San Pelligrino. Now that’s the kind of sport I can get behind.



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