Jan. 31, 2013
Texas head women’s swimming and diving head coach Carol Capitani
Arizona is one of the best dual-meet teams in the country. They have just come off a big win last weekend at California. They have some really strong pieces of the puzzle and they should be one of the top four teams at the NCAA Championships. It is the last dual meet and we are able to fine-tune our swimming and get prepared for the conference meet. It will be a fun competition.
On what it will take to win this meet
We have to have some great, near-perfect performances. The coach from Arizona and I really want a great competition. I want these kids to feel a bit of adversity. Not every meet at the end of the year goes perfect, so to come in and race when they are tired and still figuring out their events is important. It will take them being tough to have great swims.
On the home pool advantage
We have a great home pool. We have one of the best pools in the country. I think our girls really like swimming in this pool. It is not like swimming at Arizona where the pool is outside. It could be raining or it could be hot, you are dealing with elements outdoors. Our trip to California and Stanford was that way. It is a neutral environment here with a home crowd. It is Senior Day, and we are excited to be in front of all the parents with tons of emotion. We are happy to be here for this last meet before conference.
On the senior class
It will become a lot more emotional as I move forward. I have only been around these seniors for eight months. For them, it is important that they leave on a good note. I think every senior is going to look back with some care. It is a special part of your life. I want to send them on their way with a great meet and a positive moment.
On her time at Texas
I feel really good. I know that I will probably look back on this time and feel crazy, but I feel like I have caught my breath. In some ways it will be nice when the season is over to look back, but I am pleased with the time I have had here. I am pleased with how this Texas team has bought in to what we’re doing. They are swimming pretty confidently. We still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but we have a tight group and great leadership. I am truly grateful. I have gotten a lot more than I have expected.
Senior swimmer Bethany Adams
On the Arizona meet
It is really exciting. It marks the end of our dual-meet season. We have been doing all dual meets thus far, and then we will start championship season. We are hoping for a nice ending with good times. It is strange to think that I will not race Arizona ever again.
On the importance of this meet
It is more important than any dual meet in the fall just because of the timing. We have the Big 12 Championships coming up in just four weeks. It is important in terms of posting some fast times.
On the home pool advantage
It is awesome to swim here. We have one of the best pools in the country. It is always feels great to swim here. We are surrounded by burnt orange and we get a much bigger turn-out in terms of spectators. A lot of parents will be here this weekend because it is Senior Night. It really feels like we are at home.
On being a senior
It feels strange. I cannot believe I am a senior, I have been watching the girls do their Senior Day for years and have always thought I would never make it there. It is exciting to be at this moment. Your parents come, and they make a few comments about every senior. It is not our final meet but it is a good last chance to get your name out there.