photo courtesy Sports Information
Lighting up the
Flivia Clark was in a class all her own, as she was
the only diver on the team. Clark, a native of
Cheltenham, England, has competed in many international meets. She was also Welsh national
champion in one meter, three meter, and platform
events.Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
ell here she is again. Olivia Clark takes refuge in
a towel, waiting for the next round of dives. Clark cites
diving coach Jane Figueiredo as a chief motivator for
those tough workouts.Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
W ere thinking that this is Patty Kohlmann competing in the 50 or 100 yard freestyle event, but we
really can't be sure (sorry, sports fans). Kohlmann,
from Mexico City, looks to represent Mexico in her
third Olympic Games in 1992.Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
1 earn Captain Sheila Reeves pushes herself to
limit in her breaststroke events. Reeves posted tft
best times for the team in the 100 meter breaststroKe,
the 200 meter individual medley and 200 mete
breaststroke.Pfroto by Thomas Nguyen
small swimming and diving team came out
to be challenged by the Southwest Conference,
and the conference won.
"We were left with a small team of about
twelve girls," said Hansel. "All of them worked
up to their potential." Working and training hard
gave them the satisfaction accomplislling what
Sheila Reeves, team captain, helped hold
the team together and kept the team focused
during the tough season. Hansel hopes that
swimmers, like Carrie
Grady and Laura Berry
will be able to build on
this year, and return
stronger for a more experienced team.
holidays helped solidify the team, some of the
women dropped out, others became more focused, providing a strong, more focused group,
that should pay off in better teams in the future.
wrench in the works. With the upcoming Olympic trials, the entire season was moved up three
weeks, throwing off the normal training routines.
' 'The highlight for the season was Olivia
Clark," Hanselsaid. "We were very lucky to have
her around. She has a great personality, has
worked hard, and has accomplished a lot."
"She went to the NCAA's (championships) for us," said Hansel. "Though she did not
dive, perhaps, up to her potential, but she still
finished 12th in one meter and 16th in platform
diving. Any time you canscore at theNC AA's it's
a pretty major accomplishment."
She also performed well at the SWC
Championships, placing 3rd in platform, 4th in
1 meter, 5th in 3 meter dives.
Clark was the only diver the team had,
and it's really hard to be motivated and train
into a difficult season
hard without other team member's help, support, and friendly competition.
Diving Coach Jane Figueiredo was
Olivia's main motivation." She did a great job,"
said Figueiredo. "It was a big adjustment lor her
comingfrom England. Thecom petition is much
"Next year is probably going to be a
better indication oi what she will be able to
accomplish, said Figueiredo. "I lopefully we
should haveateamofthavorfourgirls,and thai
should be enough motivation to create the4 success that we ex | x i11 re an
"Jane's great," said
Clark. "She's always enthusiastic and, when it's
" hard to get up at 6:30 she
always is there to help me with my drylands
(workouts). We motivate each other."
"There's a good chance that I could
make the Olympic team (for her native Great
Britain), butthere'salotof competition, whoever
does well will make it," said Clark.
"The NCAA's didn't go as well as I'd
expected, and I was a little angry about my
performance, but I was really pleased with my
performance at the All-American Invitational,"
Clark said. 'We should have four or five girls
diving next year, and I hope we'll have stronger
team for it."
Theteam,unfortunately, finished last in
the Southwest Conference, but the strength of
returning team members and a strong recru iting
class should keep them from making a return to
the bottom of the ladder.
"Itwasa learning experiemv,and all-in-
all it was a good experience for me, and T hope it
was a good experience for the lad ies, for they d id
rally around and represent themselves and the
school to the best of their ability," said Hansel.