Lauren Stigers, a
senior diver and breaststroker on the women's swim and dive team, tells us
about how the team has grown in her time here and what she hopes for the rest
of the season:
Q: How do you feel the season has been going so far?
A: I think the season is off to a great start! We've had two meets at home, which I've noticed helped the new girls form with our team. Our new recruits bring a lot of character and are really talented so I think it's going to be a great season!
Q: You do swimming and diving. What's it like balancing the two?
A: It's definitely a unique perspective. A lot of people just think about swimming and forget that we have divers too, so doing both is challenging but rewarding, because I've really been able to bring both the divers and the swimmers together. Swimming and diving have very different mentalities but both are really crucial to the success of the team.
Q: As a senior, how do you think the team has progressed in your time here?
A: I've seen such great improvements. First, we started off with 18 girls on the team my freshman year and we've grown to have over 35 girls now. We've also improved a lot in the weight room and received a lot of fast girls throughout my time here which have helped the team mature as a whole.
Q: Congrats on getting into Kentucky's pharmacy school. How do you feel Pepperdine has prepared you for this next step in your life?
A: Thank you! Pepperdine has done a lot for me but the biggest thing is the fact that I am an athlete. I talked a lot about being on the swim and dive team in my interviews and applications because it's really shaped the person I am today by teaching me about leadership and working well with my team.
Q: What are your personal goals for the rest of the season?
A: Usually it would be to just get best times and personal bests, and although I still want to do well this season, I really just want to focus on making the most out of my time here and making memories.
Q: What can we expect from the swim and dive team during the rest of the season?
A: Definitely an improvement in our times and scores at our conference meet. We're hoping to place within the top three this year at conference as well. At our first meet of the season against San Diego State, although we didn't win, we did really well so I think the girls are really stepping up to the plate and it's exciting!
Q: What are your hopes for the team after you graduate?
A: I hope that we can hone in on getting more really good quality girls in the coming years and help all the returning girls find their specific place on the team. The team has come a really long way these past few years but I just hope we continue to improve.
Q: What has been your favorite memory with Pepperdine swimming and diving thus far?
A: I have two. The first is our meet that we have at Cal Poly every year. It's a short dual meet but we always make a good trip out of it by stopping in Morro Bay and Solvang. It's always a great time for the girls to bond. The other one is our conference meet. Every year it's really amazing to see all the girls come together and cheer for one another as we seek to achieve greatness.