Diving, Diving, Diving…and Homework

Hi everybody! I had another away meet today at Le Moyne College, near Syracuse, N.Y. The pool was, I’m telling you, small! Only one pool with six lanes that shares with only one 1-meter diving board! The meet was set up, interestingly, where the swimmers swam a few events, then the meet was paused for the divers to compete in five dives, then the swimmers swam again, then the meet was paused again for the divers to compete in six more dives, and finally the swimmers swam the last few events. During the “pauses” at the meet, the swimmers sat on the bleachers and watched the divers. So, I stood there on the board, with everybody staring at me! I haven’t had that feeling in two years! What a weird feeling. However, I did very well and scored a nationals qualifying score! I’m truly looking forward to this January. Even though I will be home for only 10 days after finals, I’m leaving for the Florida training trip with the team on Dec 27 through January 4 (yep, we’re taking the bus) and that will be fun! Maybe I will return to Rochester with tan lines!

The end of the semester is near, and all we can do is just keep swimming (“Finding Nemo”) and there will be success in the end. 🙂

If you’re curious about my diving records and how short I am, you can see me at this website: http://www.ritathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=10514&path=wswim.

About Natalie

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Rockville, Md.

Why I Chose RIT: Before discovering what RIT has to offer academically and socially, I had a great experience meeting some of my great friends from Explore Your Future (EYF) 2011. I met numerous people who are just like me and I loved the campus right from the beginning. The interpreting, C-print and notetaking services are beyond my wildest dreams at RIT, providing everything you need for success.

Clubs/Activities: I am a diver on the RIT Swimming and Diving team and an NLC math and physics tutor. I also am a part of the Rock Climbing club and Premedical Student Association. There are still many more activities that I want to explore!

Hobbies/Interests: Besides diving, I enjoy swimming, playing ball, biking, skiing, painting and traveling. In other words, being outside on a sunny day!

What I Like Best About RIT: This place has everything you could possibly dream of, both on and off campus. You can get the rural, suburban and urban feeling within a 15-minute radius of RIT. RIT provides amazing concerts, many club sports/varsity teams, hundreds of clubs, off-campus events and every kind of support you could think of. I fell in love with my major because the professors are so engaged, knowledgeable and have a great desire to help and get to know their students. My general chemistry professor taught more than 200 students in a lecture, and he still remembers me two years later! The campus has much more to offer than I originally thought as a newbie.

Favorite T.V. Show: I enjoy watching “How I Met Your Mother,” “Full House,” “Boy Meets World” and “MasterChef.”

Fun fact about me: I did a handstand somersault off of a 10-meter platform during my training for national diving competitions in high school.

5 thoughts on “Diving, Diving, Diving…and Homework

  1. That is very cool! I have been considering R.I.T. school to go to for college. Does R.I.T only have a 1-meter diving board? What about 3-meter and platform? Where do you practice?

    • Hi Anna!

      I’m glad to hear that you’re considering RIT as one of your choices for your college education and experiences!

      As of diving, we do have two 1-meter boards and two 3-meter boards, normally we would compete both. Although, this team we played against at LeMoyne, only has one 1-meter diving board. So, we had to adjust and compete all of our dives on 1-meter alone. It was a weird meet!

      Let me know if you have any more questions!


      • Also, because we are Divison 3 level of competitiveness, we do not have platforms. As I mentioned above, we have 2 of each diving boards at our very own pool! I love how our 25-people hot tub is right next to the diving well for warming up. 🙂 We also have a dryland facility with two trampolines, two dry-boards (diving boards) and two huge foam block to land onto from the diving boards. It’s a great facility for the divers to practice.

      • Neat. Do you also have those belt things? Where are you training in Florida? Do you like R.I.T as a city? I was wondering what are you majoring in. I have been considering on getting a second implant. So I was wondering if any students from RIT has any suggestions on keeping it on my head.

        • Hi Anna! Sorry it’s a late response!

          As of the belts, yes we do have two of them at the dryland facility and bubbles at the bottom of the pool as a cushion. The bubbles are also mobile, so we can move them around under any boards we want, which is very convenient.
          We went to Port St. Lucie’s for training in Florida, the pool was humongous. Did you see the recent post I made of the pool?
          The RIT campus is in the suburbans of Rochester, which I think is nice because we have a separation from the busy city-life. It’s very laid-back yet everything around us is easy-accessible. Rochester is a historic city, so it’s really cool to check out new places every now and then.
          I’m majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Exercise Science and Psychology. I actually changed from Biomedical Engineering, which broke my heart, but I love where I am right now. All of my classes and professors are great no matter what field I am in.
          As of getting a second implant, that’s totally your decision. I know there are several students on-campus who has bi-lateral cochlear implants and they still get treated the same. RIT has the service to help you on your CI programming, updates, and so forth. So, it’s really your choice whether you want a second one or not. All the people I know are bi-lateral likes it a lot.
          If you want to continue chatting with me, go ahead and email me at nms8197@rit.edu. I check my email too many times everyday. 🙂