Sydney Newman has been
a mainstay for the Waves' diving squad since she stepped on campus. Now a
junior, she was an All-PCSC diver in both her freshman and sophomore year. Her
freshman year, she was named PCSC Division I Diver of the Year. The Waves will
compete in the PCSC Championships starting Friday and continuing through
Q: What was training like during winter? Is it difficult to stay focused on goals during the wintertime when it is so cold out in the pool?
A: It is a little harder when it starts to get cold, but personally, I like the winter, so it makes it a little easier. We still have the same kind of training with weights two times a week, and full practice in the morning. Sometimes it is a little more difficult when it is windy, and that is when were not really able to dive, but other than that, this winter hasn't been too bad.
Q: What about winter break? What was it like having to go home and train by yourself?
A: It was harder at home because my coach at home is actually now moving to Oregon. So I actually didn't get any pool training, which was tough, but I was able to still go to the gym and do the weight training that we were supposed to do. It was also nice that we came back a week early and were able to get in the pool before the meet started.
Q: Is competing difficult when your season stretches from the end of fall semester into the beginning of spring semester with that break in between? Does that break give you an even bigger drive to continue to work hard during the break?
A: It is definitely hard with such a long season, but by the time our biggest meet, our conference meet comes, we have had a whole semester to be training hard, which is nice. It is hard with the long training. The break is a nice little break to have, especially being able to go home and take it easy for a little bit, because we know coming back for the second semester, it is going to be a lot harder because of conference, but the break is definitely a nice little revamp time.
Q: You were recently named PCSC Athlete of the week. What is it like receiving that honor?
A: It was really, really cool. I didn't expect it at all. It is super cool, because I was the third Wave to receive this award this year. (Swimmer Allison Naasz later become the fourth Wave to receive the award.) I was really honored to receive it as a diver.
Q: Finally, what are your goals, both personally and for the team, for the rest of this season?
A: To finish out the season strong, and for all of us to be really motivated to go these last weeks. Also to get the most out of practices and really know that we have been preparing all year for this.