Sophomore Meredith Cavalier and the Virginia women's swimming and diving team heads to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Invitational this weekend. Competition begins Friday with preliminaries at 9:30 a.m., with Auburn, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Penn State and UVa all slating to compete. Cavalier, a native of Stafford, Va., recently sat down with VirginiaSports.com to talk about the upcoming meet, her first collegiate win and her TV show recommendations.
Question: What do you take from the meet against Penn State and Indiana?
Cavalier: We did really well as a team last weekend. We stepped up where we needed to and swam fast when we were tired, which is what we train to do as a team.
Question: What are you doing as a team leading up to the Georgia Invitational?
Cavalier: We are going to keep working hard. I really want to swim a personal-best in 200 backstroke because I haven't tapered that in a long time.
Question: How far have you come from where you were a year ago at this time?
Cavalier: Last year I wasn't good at training. This year I have been training a lot faster and swimming faster at duel meets. That was one of my goals from last year.
Question: What was it like for you to get your first collegiate win in the 100 back against Virginia Tech and Princeton?
Cavalier: That was pretty awesome for me; I have been waiting for that. I had a couple of chances last year to maybe win a race and end up getting second or third. It was a lot to get off my chest.
Question: Why did you come to UVa?
Cavalier: I came to Virginia because how close the team is and I really got the feeling I could become best friends with the team just from my recruiting trip. I didn't get that feeling from any of my other trips.
Question: Have you declared a major yet?
Cavalier: I think I am going to major in American Politics. I took a politics last semester and really enjoyed it.
Question: Do you have a dream job?
Cavalier: I would love to work for the Baltimore Orioles.
Question: What do you like to do for fun?
Cavalier: I love watching movies and TV shows. My goal for Christmas break is to watch every movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Question: Do you any TV shows you would recommend?
Cavalier: Dexter, Entourage, and Modern Family.
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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.
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