By Michele Jaroszewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
Pa. - Following a successful weekend with competitions at Georgia and Princeton
the senior spotlight coverage continues with Katie Rowe, Sierra Scoggin, Tim
Maurer, and diver Logan Knauss.
The swimmers looked
back at how their time has changed from freshman to seniors, and what it is
like to have this year as their final season.
Q: How has your
overall experience at Penn State been?
Rowe: "It's been amazing, I don't think that I could've asked for
Scoggin: "Awesome, it has been so much fun. I was born and raised
Penn State. Living this dream of swimming at Penn State was my ultimate goal.
Being able to achieve that and just loving every day here, taking it all in
while you can."
Maurer: "It's been good, each year has been a lot different than the one
before, so it's been a very diverse experience. Each year, we have a different
group of guys that bring something special to the table and that's good, [it]
changes things up."
Knauss: "It was a big change as far as finding a new group of people. The Penn
State team was very welcoming as far as me being a transfer [from Wisconsin]
and as a diver. I'm from relatively around here, so I've always sort of been in
love with the Penn State atmosphere and culture. It wasn't too hard to adapt."
Q: How do you think
you have improved from freshman year to now?
Rowe: "I definitely improved in the water a lot. Coming in, I was kind of in
the middle of the pack. I think throughout the years, I nailed a push up in my
special events. In general as a person I have grown."
Scoggin: "In every way; physically, mentally, academically, socially. Just all
around, because you get to do so many things, you figure out what you like. As
far as school goes, you figure out what you're into and what you're not into.
In swimming, you really push your boundaries mentally and physically. That
helps you translate into the real world and gets you going."
Maurer: "My first year here, I started out pretty out of shape. I've definitely
gotten in shape and overall I've gotten a lot stronger in my swims."
Q: Do you have any pre-event
rituals? If so, what are they?
Rowe: "Usually I listen to certain
playlists. Just kind of relax and have fun with it."
Scoggin: "I love Ciara's "1,2 Step" because my name is Sierra. A couple of my
friends have remixes that I really like to listen to. So if I listen to that a
couple of times, I'm ready to go."
Maurer: "Not really, I like to stay as relaxed as I can before a race and not
psyche myself out."
Knauss: "When I was a little kid I always used to do the exact same thing. A
lot of divers do the same routine all the time. A lot of the time it's sitting
in the same spot, or either not watching the competition or watching the entire
competition. When you're in a competition, there could be anywhere from 10 to
20 minutes where you're sitting around, mentally preparing."
Q: Do you have a
favorite memory/competition that you will remember and look back at?
Rowe: "I don't think anything is better than Big Tens. As a team, we all have
a lot of fun there and we usually race really well. We just enjoy the
experience because there is nothing like a conference meet."
Scoggin: "It wasn't my favorite, but it is one I'll never forget. We were down on
a training trip my freshman year with all the old coaches. We were doing a spin
class [and] it was glow in the dark. It was just this atmosphere in the room
that everyone was trying their hardest. You could just tell that everyone was
working so hard and everyone can see that final goal of winning Big Tens and
getting to that final destination. That's a feeling that everyone felt in the
room. Everyone was exhausted after, but we look around the room and knew what
we were working for.
"Just [having] that feeling
of all having the same goal, doing everything you possibly can and not holding
back at all. That was probably one of the coolest things I've ever
Maurer: "I think the memory that
stands out the most was the 2012 [Olympic] trials. That was one of the [most]
fun meets I've ever been to. It was just a good experience."
What are your goals post season/graduation?
Rowe: "Immediately after I graduate,
I am going to get ready to go to [Olympic] trials. After that, just figure out
exactly what I want to do. Probably vet tech, [that is] initially what I wanted
to do, so maybe veterinarian school in the future."
Scoggin: "Post-season, trying to
make Olympics trials. I'm sure that is everyone's goal, that's why we stay and
train in the summer. Post graduation, I'm looking for a job. I'm a risk management
major, so trying to get out into the corporate world and experience new
Maurer: "I'm looking at trials [in
June and July] to be my last meet. I'd liked to end it on a good note there."
Knauss: "When I graduate, my
intention is to do one of two things. I'd like to work in government, that's my
degree. Hopefully something like that goes through, but I've recently been
applying for a lot of jobs within athletics. Considering that a lot of us make athletics
our lives, it's only fitting for when you get out that you want to work with
athletes. Furthering their experience."
What does it feel like to be a senior and have this be your last season?
Rowe: "It feels weird to finally be
the role models and head of the team. It's a lot different and you just feel a
lot different. You have more of a presence on the team."
Scoggin: "It's crazy seeing
everything transform. Starting out with one group of kids and watching everyone
change. Here we are, where we thought we would never be at senior year. Looking
back at freshman year, I didn't think all of us were going to make it. It's
surreal, but it's definitely happening. It's cool to be in this position.
"You see so many people go through it, and you think 'Oh wow, that's going to
be me next year,' and it actually is you. You know you've made it, you've done
Maurer: "It's exciting, it's been a
long journey. It'll be bittersweet to see it end, but it'll be exciting to see
what comes next and what the future holds."
Knauss: "It's scary. Even though
it's six months away, every day feels like you're going to be thrown into the
real world. Even the college atmosphere and the college athletics [background,]
it's difficult to imagine myself rising to the occasion."