Student-Athlete of the Week
December 10, 2012
When did you first start diving? How did you get involved with the sport?
I started diving my freshman year in high school, so about 8 years ago. I was in gymnastics for 11 years before that and made the transition to diving. The sports are similar with flipping and body awareness, so the transition was pretty easy. My high school had just gotten a new diving coach, and gymnastics was wearing down my body pretty bad. My high school coach and UW diving alumnus, Adam Miller, really sparked my ongoing interest.
At what moment did you gain confidence to try more than the traditional pike dive?
Actually, I was doing double flips before I had the courage to do a traditional pike dive. It was different going from all feet-first landings in gymnastics to the head-first entry in diving. I wouldn't say I had an "Ah-ha" moment to start throwing harder dives. The better I got in the basics of diving, the more my skills improved and level of difficulty of dives I could do increased. It is a very time-consuming process, and I am still learning new, harder dives. You just have to trust yourself and your abilities.
Do you have a favorite swimming memory with your sisters Cami and Paula?
We actually all three did gymnastics and then diving, so they were always in my practices as long as I can remember. Having my sisters around I really gained a competitive attitude. I always wanted to do better dives and get better scores than both of my sisters. Cami, being older, drove me to morning diving practice during high school and I remember her always getting so mad at me because I would never be awake and out of bed when she wanted to leave the house to get to the pool 20 minutes before practice started.
What are your career plans with a degree in civil engineering?
I am looking to obtain a job after I graduate, hopefully in water resources engineering. I have had a couple internships in civil engineering, but none that I fell in love with. My career path is very open right now and I have a lot of opportunities with this degree.
You've been successful with academics throughout your high school and collegiate careers. What motivates you to excel in both school and athletics?
I really believe in whatever you do, you should do with your whole heart. It is kind of like the harder I work, the more rewarded I feel. School is just school, but not trying was never an option in my house. Now in college I hold myself to a higher standard; if I don't, no one else will.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I don't really read much, but I really loved Naya Nuki: Shoshone Girl Who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma.
What do you enjoy doing outside of schoolwork and time at the pool?
I like to bake, and have a couple of tv shows I watch. I am also working on a quilt right now when I have time.
When visiting home, what do you look forward to most?
Every time before I go home my mom always asks what I would like for dinner, and I get to choose no matter if the rest of my family agrees or not. I also get really excited to see our household pets - I have the cutest dog!
A recent survey showed that over 95 percent of UW students are satisfied with their experience at the university. What has been your favorite part of being a student at Wyoming?
My favorite part is being able to represent my state. Since UW is the only four-year institution in Wyoming, it really adds a different feel to the school. We are Wyoming pride right here. We are the bucking horse. It means so much to me knowing that no matter where in the state you are, the people support UW.