Senior swimmer Nathan Vredeveld (Chattanooga, Tenn.) recently sat down with VirginiaSports.com to talk about the Virginia swimming and diving program’s mindset heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, his plans after UVa and more.
What is the mindset of the team as they approach the upcoming ACCs?
Vredeveld: We’re a few weeks out so we’re getting ready for it and trying to stay mentally focused on the goal. We’re also relaxed and having fun still since we have two and half weeks left. We’re all trying to get our speed but transitioning from the more heavy lifting to more speed work and sprinting. You always have your taper, but you have to come out of that staying true and in the back of your mind have a great day.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
Vredeveld: The team stuff and really being a part of something bigger than yourself and having the opportunity to be with these guys and really go to battle with them. I look forward to it in every meet.
What has been your favorite class at UVa?
Vredeveld: I’m an art history major, so I’ve had a bunch of art classes. I really like the Italian renaissance art and Paris impressionism art classes that I’ve taken over the past few years. I’m also a religious studies minor and am taking this Buddhist meditation course now that’s really fun. It’s the history of meditation and contemporary ideas of meditation and in the discussion section you actually do a walking and standing meditation that’s really cool. It’s more of just calming of the mind and calming of the soul so it helps me relax and it helps with my breathing and getting my mind off of other stuff. It’s about keeping my brain busy and relaxing it.
What are your plans after Virginia?
Vredeveld: No plans for the summer yet, but I’m looking for more travel opportunities to work with travel companies this summer or next year. My first choice is the UK Fellows program, which is teaching and coaching at a private school in England. There are five different cities that they do it at. I’m really hoping I get that, I have interviews over the next few months, and a friend of mine, David Wren (Class of 2012), is doing it and turned me onto it, as it’s a great opportunity. That’s my first choice but I’m also applying to other travel companies to hopefully do some tour guide work either this summer, before it, or next year.
Where would your ideal place to be a tour guide?
Vredeveld: I guess France. I actually lived there for a summer when I was in high school when I took a language immersion program and spent a lot of time there. I’m moderately fluent in French, seen a lot of historical sites there with art history, but also I really like the Italian stuff too.
What will you miss most about UVa?
Vredeveld: The team, being with all of them every day and having a lot of fun. Everyone just has a great personality.
'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.No. 1 'Hoos Ready to Roll in CharlotteMen's Basketball3/15/18At approximately 9:20 p.m. Friday, in a South Region game, No. 1 seed UVA (31-2) meets No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the NCAA tournament's first round.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Finishes Third in 400 Free Relay at NCAAs
Swimming & Diving | 3/17/2018
The Cavaliers finish third in the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the women's NCAA...
Moroney Leads Cavaliers on Third Day of NCAAs
Swimming & Diving | 3/16/2018
Megan Moroney led the Cavaliers on the third day of competition at the NCAA Championships.
Virginia Records Three Podium Finishes on Day Two of NCAAs
Swimming & Diving | 3/15/2018
The Cavaliers recorded two fourth-place finishes and nine All-America honors on the sconed day of...
Virginia Opens NCAA Championships with All-America Honors
Swimming & Diving | 3/14/2018
Virginia opens the Women's NCAA Championships with a school record and All-America honors in the ...
Virginia Women Begin NCAA Championships Wednesday
Swimming & Diving | 3/13/2018
The Cavaliers will head to the NCAA Championships with 19 competitors. The four-day meet will...
Johnson, Dusel Earn Automatic Berths in Platform
Swimming & Diving | 3/7/2018
The Cavalier will have four divers compete in the NCAA Championships in the platform. Sydney...
Virginia Men Advance Ten Swimmers to NCAA Championships ...
Swimming & Diving | 03/07/2018
Ten members men's swimming and diving team qualified for individual events at the 2018 NCAA...
Towbin Wins 3-meter Dive at NCAA Zone Diving
Swimming & Diving | 03/06/2018
Kylie Towbin and Sydney Dusel advance to the NCAA Championships in the 3-meter dive.
- Online Stores