Q&A With Signee Chrisna Bezuidenhout

Swimming standout will continue her career at Miami University of Ohio


Q: What is your earliest memory of playing your sport?

A: At one of the meets, I jumped in at the wrong event, and I was supposed to swim the 100 free, and it was actually the 100 fly, and I wasn’t supposed to be swimming that.

Q: What made you stick with your sport all these years?

A: I found it relaxing, and I found it really enjoyable, and I was also very good at it.

Q: Who are some of your athletic heroes, people you look up to in your sport? Why do they stand out?

A: Michael Phelps is one of the well-known ones, and he was also the best.

Q: What factors led you to sign with the college/university that you chose? What made that school stand out?

A: The coaching staff was definitely a big part of it: the atmosphere that the team created, the facility, and the team.

Q: What course of study or major do you plan to pursue at your college or university?

A: Biology focused towards becoming a vet.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most while playing a sport while attending college?

A: The built-in friends that I’m gonna get.

Q: What are you anxious about as you transition to attend and play in college?

A: Maybe, just like balancing swimming with school.

Q: What regulations/rules did you encounter regarding recruiting and signing?

A: They couldn’t annonce us after we committed until we had signed.

Q: What is one thing you would change about your recruiting/signing process and why?

A: Nothing really, but it was stressful.

Q: It is hard for a school to tick all the boxes a student athlete might have. What are some sacrifices you had to make in order to attend your chosen school?

A: Going really far away from home.

Q: What advice would you give to the next class of student athletes who will go through the process of recruitment?

A: Focus on the things that you really like. Don’t change the places that you’re looking at to benefit your parents or coaches: it’s not for them; it’s for you.

Q: What advice would you give to your past self regarding your athletic career?

A: Just to work hard and keep pushing.

Q: Who are some people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? How did they assist you?

A: All my coaches, and my mom woke up at 4 a.m. to drive us to practice, and the friends pushed me through hard sets and made it better to be at practice.

Q: What is your favorite memory as a Cougar athlete?

A: The pasta parties or before the meets when we ate bagels in the cafeteria were always really fun.