Power behind the punches: Coast Guard Academy cadets bring dedication and focus to National Collegiate Boxing Championships

On the evening of April 7, 2016, as the sun set and the air cooled just north of Seattle, inside University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena things were just beginning to heat up. It was the second night of three for the National Collegiate Boxing Championships and four Coast Guard Academy cadets, along with their two coaches, traveled from New London, Connecticut, to compete. The event brought together boxers from multiple colleges and universities, including the four military academies.

Sea Trials

Challenged physically and mentally, swabs use teamwork to complete Sea Trials

“The thing about Swab Summer is about getting the whole picture. Even though you may be the fastest, the strongest, the smartest at indoc, you are just one person,” Johnson said. “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”