This is the 15th 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.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Ready to begin the second half of her sophomore year with the West Virginia University Women’s Swimming and Diving team, diver Lindsay Schmidt has high hopes for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
The Mountaineers competed for the first time since late November in the Coral Springs Classic last week, where Schmidt was able to work on her personal goals.
“It was definitely good to get back to competing, and it was nice to show off all of the work that we’ve put in,” Schmidt said. “We didn’t see our individual scores or places, but I’m getting more consistent, which is what I’m trying to accomplish.”
Returning to campus last night, Schmidt and her teammates are more than ready to take on the remainder of the season.
“We’ve worked very well together during the break, and these next couple weeks we need to help each other and be positive going in to the post-season.”
The spring semester brings about new challenges for Schmidt, as she was recently admitted into the West Virginia University Exercise Physiology program. She will practice individually two days a week, due to her class schedule, and admits it will be a rough transition.
“This semester will be even harder with my class schedule,” Schmidt explained. “I have to plan out all of my time to make sure that I get everything done as early as possible, especially with traveling. It’s tough, but it will be worth it.”
Schmidt hopes to improve in the post-season at this season’s Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships. At the 2013 Championships, she placed eighth in 1-meter and 12th in the 3-meter.
“I would like to go to the final in both of my events in the Big 12 Championships this year. I want to place better and have a higher qualifying score.”
Along with striving for success for the team and herself, she also hopes to follow in the footsteps of someone else.
Schmidt’s mother, Tamara, was a diver at WVU. She comes to as many meets as possible, while attending the competitions of her two siblings, who are also Division 1 athletes.
“I want to have as much success as my mother did here,” Schmidt said. “She supports me, and I just want to make her proud. The work I put in is not only for me, but for her, too.”
Schmidt, along with her teammates, will be back in action, as the Mountaineers host Pitt in the Backyard Brawl at the WVU Natatorium on Jan. 11, at noon.