Matt Xirinachs (pronounced Zeer-in-acks) has just finished up a proud career at IMG Academy. He was an Academy student working within lacrosse and plans to continue playing as the collegiate level, possibly at Mercer University where he had planned a recent college visit. We decided to follow Matt around during his final week to get an inside look on what a day in the life of Matt Xirinachs was like:
6:45-7:10 a.m.:The beginning of the day starts like any morning for a typical high school student. The alarm sounds around 6:45 and it is time for the morning routine. Only for Matt, instead of battling siblings for time in the bathroom he has his roommates to compete with. He does reveal though, âI usually let them go first so I have more time to sleep in." This sleep is key for Matt because he has a long day ahead of him. After the shower, brushing the teeth, doing the hair and grabbing whatever is available for breakfastâ¦it is off to class.
7:20-11:45 a.m.:Matt attends at IMG Academy here on campus at IMG Academy. He is enrolled in Economics, Government, Spanish 4, Contemporary Fiction, and Pre-calculus. This week Matt has finals in his classes and has spent his time away from the lacrosse fields buried in his books. On this particular morning, Matt has a final at 7:20 then returns to his apartment for quick nap before his second final at 10:15. After that he will finish off the school day with some direct learning. Matt's favorite class this semester has been Contemporary Fiction. He says, âThe class doesn't have a very formal structure like typical classes and we hold open discussions on various topics which makes it pretty interesting.â
12:30-2:30 p.m.:Once finished at IMG Academy, Matt grabs a quick bite to eat for lunch from the Academies' cafeteria and it is off to the Athletic & Personal Development program to pump some iron. Today, Matt has a full body workout scheduled that includes squats, curls, inclined bench press, jump rope, and medicine ball tosses. The workout takes just over an hour, more than enough time for Matt to work up a nice sweat before he makes his way out to the lacrosse fields to work on his lax game.
3:00-5:00 p.m.:, Matt shows up to practice with IMG Academy lacrosse program coaches Kevin Finneran and Tony Ventiquattro. Today, Matt is working with part-time camper Max moving through passing, stick, and shooting drills. After practice, the coaches are able to take tape from the day's session and slow it down frame by frame to get a better look in an effort to keep improving Matt's game.
5:00p.m.:When practice concludes, Matt retires back to his dorm, not before grabbing some dinner. When home, he likes to spend the rest of his night relaxing and hanging out with his friends and roommates. Here you can find him watching television, maybe ESPN or some Family Guy before he falls asleep and starts yet another day in the life of Matt Xirinachs.