This is the second of a season-long series that will feature updates on WVU swimming and diving alumni, as well as getting to know members of the current team.
When Tami (Weber) Schmidt looks back on her four years as a member of the WVU diving team, her fondest memories are of the friends that she made, as well as the difficulty balancing academics with athletics.
“Being a part of the swimming and diving team was an amazing experience that taught me many valuable life lessons,” said Schmidt. “The things I remember most are the hours spent training, traveling to meets with my teammates, staying at hotels and all the great friendships I made.”
Tami was a four-year varsity letterwinner at WVU from 1980-84, diving under coaches Kevin Gilson and Jack Ramsay. In 1984, she qualified for the NCAAs on the 1-meter board, while also being a co-captain of the team for two years. She graduated with a degree in elementary/special education, and has taught in Connecticut, New Jersey and her home state of Pennsylvania.
Today, the Warrington, Pa., resident sees those same experiences in her daughter, WVU diver Lindsay, as well as her other two children Adam and Jessica.
“There seems to be a lot of similarities. It’s the same pool and team, obviously the staff is different, but I was very excited when she chose West Virginia,” said Schmidt. “She seems to be really enjoying her experience there. I think WVU is a good fit for her and that makes me very happy.
“We go through similar things, including the time commitment it takes to be on the team, working out, practices and meets. But also you build a great support group of friends, which I found very helpful, and she finds very helpful. You have a group of people who support you, because at West Virginia, you are a small fish in a big pond.”
With three children all involved in high school or collegiate athletics, Tami and her husband, Steve (Wheaton College, 1983) now spend there weekends traveling not only to Morgantown, but around the northeast region for athletic events.
“We pretty much spend all of our weekends on the road,” said Schmidt. “We try to get to as many events as possible. September is pretty good for us, but when October hits and when seasons start kicking in, travel gets very difficult.”
While Tami attempts to make it to as many meets as she can this season, balancing all of her children’s athletic events, Morgantown still holds a special place in her heart.
“I am lucky to get to revisit the place of my college experience and share it with our daughter. It is great to be a Mountaineer!”Previous FeaturesRonald Gainsford