Thursday December 13, 2012
If you follow South Burlington athletics, you’ll remember the name Christa Weaver. Weaver graduated from SBHS this past spring and continued her studies at UVM, where she has made a profound impact, not only in the classroom, but in the pool as part of the Catamounts women’s swim team. Recently, Weaver helped her team to a dominant victory against Central Connecticut in a non-conference meet at Forbush Natorium, leading the pack in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle races.
Weaver was back in the pool the following day, as she swept the freestyle races in the meet against Bryant, taking first place in the 50, 100, and 200 meter events. She barely had time to catch her breath from those lighting wins before she helped lead her team to victory in the 400 meter relay, UVM’s second 400 meter victory in as many days. This dominant performance awarded Weaver with the America East Female Swimmer of the Week honors for the second time this season. The freshman enthusiastically detailed her transition from high school to college athletics, her contributions to UVM’s varsity roster, and her development as a swimmer on a close knit team full of ambitious and talented competitors.
“Being a member of the UVM Swimming and Diving team has been a fantastic experience!” said Weaver. “We are a very close group of young women. Our overall sense of camaraderie has aided us in our competitions, and especially in our two back-to-back meets against Central Connecticut and Bryant University.” While Weaver is quick to divert the spotlight to her teammates, it has been her performance in the pool that has stolen the show for the Catamounts as the team wraps up its 2012 season.
“She leads the team with 18 wins in individual races this season and also has seven wins as a member of a relay team,” said UVM Director of Athletic Communications Lisa Champagne.
It’s been a season of record-setting performances, starting with a first place finish in the 400 meter freestyle relay against Army that set a new UVM freshmen mark with a time of 3:33.30. Against Siena, Weaver set a record in the 200 meter freestyle relay with a new freshmen best time of 1:39.09. At the CCSU Invitational, she was part of a relay team that not only broke that 200 meter freestyle record with a time of 1:38.01, but also set CCSU pool records in both the 200 meter and the 400 meter. To round out a sample of her 2012 successes, Weaver led her team to victory against Wagner with victories in the 50, 100, and 200 meter and a record setting time of 52.39 in the 100, laying claim to a top mark that had previously been held by her sister, Kate Weaver.
Rather than focusing on her success—and what has no doubt been a shock to the system of the America East Conference—Weaver continues to focus on each meet as an individual and team-oriented challenge, with no victory being taken for granted. She reinforced the hard work and dedication of her teammates and coaches in the recent matchups against Central Connecticut and Bryant, noting how their tireless efforts in practice and off season conditioning had prepared the Catamounts to continue to improve later in the season. “These meets were set up with the intention to mimic our championship format and to give us experience with racing when our muscles are fatigued,” said Weaver. “The team had great attitudes going into both meets. We were able to use what we learned from our races against Central Connecticut to better our performances against Bryant University, allowing us to be successful in both competitions. This was a great weekend for the team and a good representation of how strong we are as a whole.”
With the Catamounts standing at a 7-2 record after this explosive weekend, the team passes the midseason point at full steam. The countdown to Valentine’s Day’s America East Championship race is on after a much-needed holiday break, and UVM will resume action against Harvard on January 20th.
SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent