Dutchwoman of the Week: Sarah Dimmitt ’16

(Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Hometown: Portsmouth, N.H.

Major: ID major in biology and psychology with a focus in sports medicine

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving


Campus Involvement: Dimmitt is the former president of Tri Delta, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society and was co-head of First-Year Orientation.


Notable: On top of holding several school diving records, Dimmitt has been honored as the Liberty League’s Women’s Diver of the Week four times already this season. Additionally, Dimmitt was named the ECAC Division III Women’s Diver of the Week for the week of Jan. 3 and she was named Diver of the Meet at the Liberty League Championships. Throughout the season, Dimmitt has consistently swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events and, at a meet against Williams in November, she earned an NCAA regional qualifying score of 250.87 in the 1-meter. Also, Dimmitt serves as the captain of the women’s swimming and diving team.


Q: When and how did you become involved with diving?

A: I started out doing gymnastics when I was little. On top of that, I was always that one kid who would throw themselves off the side of the pool. I started swimming in middle school and I’d always spend the last five minutes of practice diving. I’d sometimes dive at meets but only if the other team had divers. After middle school, I went to boarding school and it was a lot more structured environment. I ended up quitting soccer, which I’d played since I was around seven, and then started diving year-round.


Q: What factors have been influencing your current success?

A: I’m kind of a self-motivator. I have a few records already and I would love to break those again. Also, since I’m a senior, I’m really hoping to go out with a bang. Something that is really driving me is the fact that last year I was an alternate to dive at the NCAA National Championships and I really want to get to nationals this year. With the way my season’s been going so far, it’s definitely a possibility.


Q: What kinds of things run through your head when you’re about to dive?

A: Over my eight years of diving, I’ve come to find the only way I’m successful is if I’m calm, relaxed and having fun. I like to listen to fun music before I dive, so sometimes, on the board, I sing to myself or I sing out loud. It just keeps me calm and relaxed; if I get stressed, everything goes downhill.


Q: What kinds of things do you do as captain to enhance the team’s success?

A: Well, we spend a lot of time on campus during winter break. I live off-campus, so I’ll have team dinners at my house. We spend a lot of time together as a team; when we go to states, we’re together from Sunday until Thursday. We do secret psych where we give each other letters or snacks before meets. We do a big four-day secret psych during states and it’s almost like big-little week. One other thing we do is we all have ribbons that we wear on our wrists. We call them power ribbons and we cut them off at states, some people cut them off before, some people cut them off after. Cutting them off is just like a culmination of all our energy and it’s great. But, it’s surprising they stay on so long considering how often we’re all getting in and out of the pool.


Q: What has been your greatest memory with the swimming and diving team so far?

A: My favorite part has been the people I’ve done it with, especially the other divers. Diving is a lot different than swimming in the sense that, while we’re still competing, we all stand on the boards before we dive and we get to talk whereas swimming you don’t really get to do that.

There are so many great individuals on the team and I’ve also become really close with my coach over the past four years. She’s only eight years older than me and she’s played a huge part in my experience at Union; I even went to her wedding when I was a freshman. Practice is another one of my favorite parts. It’s a huge outlet and a great opportunity to disconnect. It’s two hours every day where no one can reach me, since I can’t bring a phone in the pool, and it really splits up my days. Also, I’ve really enjoyed all the relationships I’ve built with my teammates, especially with the other divers. Another diver, Cam (Robertson), and I have been diving together since we were freshman and he’s like a brother to me. All in all, it’s the people who have made it so enjoyable.


Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?

A: Similar to my boarding school, it really feels like home to me. I genuinely love it here and I rave about it to anyone who asks. I just feel so safe here and I think it’s special because I feel like anybody here would stick up for you if you needed them to. That’s really a hard thing to find. It’s just a really tight-knit community and I think sometimes people take that for granted.


Q: What’s your go-to food of choice at Reamer?

A: I’m all about Chobani and fruit.


Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Schenectady?

A: My favorite restaurant is Marotta’s. There’s a waitress there who always asks if I want my usual when I go there.





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