My D and I just returned from 2 days in Annapolis, the primary reason of which was to visit the USNA. As she is is applying and it is so high on her list I wanted to her to see it if we had the opportunity and we did. There is nothing like actually BEING there. We even got to meet with the coach of her sport which was awesome. While on the tour we were both reminded of some comments on this board about whether or not athletics are important. OMGoodness- the academy is more than proud of it's athletes. Most everywhere you will see evidence of, reminders of or facitilties for their athletics. (No- as civilians we weren't allowed to see everything.) In talking to a rising senior at the academy he admitted that his sport in his Plebe year is part of what helped him through. It is so unbelievable hot down their right now I was afraid we were going to see formations of kids ready to pass out at any given moment. Fortunately for them, their outside movements are "restricted" because of the heat so all we got to see was roll call at 12:10. Still very cool. My D loved it- more motivated than ever. And athletics- YOU BET!