States Championships Meet!

Hi everybody!

I apologize for taking so long to get this out to you guys, but I was at the States Championships for my RIT Swimming and Diving team. Our team did very well and many swimmers/divers broke the RIT records! It was my first time to experience a high-level competition where I have to compete against many skilled divers and get into the top eight to get in the finals. For the finals, I had to repeat six of my 11 dives!

I came in third for the prelims then with my coach’s help, I nailed every dive and placed second – a few points short from first place. But that’s not it, I also BROKE the RIT 1M diving record with 6 dives: 293 points, 11 dives: 465.20 points!

I’m so thankful for being back on the team, train, and succeed after being out of diving for two years. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and I’m looking forward to train with the team again next year! It has been a great experience to miss school for three days, sleep at the hotel for three nights (I had a whole queen bed to myself!), and away from home for four long days! The meet has been really intense with several swimmers sprinting across the lane, the pool filled with yelling, and the cold water/atmosphere since we almost had a blizzard out there!

The photo below is my coach awarding me the silver plaque I earned.State Champs 2015

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.

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