Cavalier Corner

December 2021

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4 CAVALIER CORNER F irst-year UVA swimmer Emma Weyant recently represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley. Weyant, who was named ACC Women's Swimmer of the Week Nov. 9, shares about her experience in Tokyo and how she's preparing for competition. Cavalier Corner: In the last six months you have competed in the Olympics and started your first year at Virginia. What has this been like for you? Were you able to take some time off? Weyant: "Honestly, the transition from such a big summer to coming into my first season with the team has just been filled with so much excitement and change that I've always had something new to look for- ward to. "In between Tokyo and coming back to Grounds, I got to spend some time with my family back home in Sarasota, which was much needed and I am so grateful for." Cavalier Corner: What are some of your favorite memories from the Olympics? Weyant: "Some of my favorite memories from the Olympics have to be watching my teammates do incredible things. It really is the coolest environment in and out of the water, and I'm just so thank- ful I got to be a part of it. "I got to meet and work with some really amazing people that made the whole experience so special." Cavalier Corner: Do you have to make training adjustments to go from long course swimming at the Olympics to short course training? Weyant: "While long course and short course are a bit different, I have trained in both since I was an age group swimmer. "In the past couple of years, I have definitely put a big emphasis on long course leading up to trials, so I'm excited to see what the short course season has in store for my team and me." Cavalier Corner: What do you do during your downtime, and do you have any favorite pre-race music? Weyant: "I'm from Florida, so going to the beach would be my first choice. Other than that, spending time with my friends and sisters as much as I can. "Taylor Swift always. She's been my favorite since I was in elementary school." Cavalier Corner: Do you have a favorite pool that you have competed in, and why? What is your favorite event to swim? Weyant: "My favorite pool I have been to is probably in Barcelona. It's a beautiful outdoor pool, and I always love swimming in the sun. "My favorite event is the 400 IM. This is arguably one of the hardest events in swimming, but I think it's one of the coolest events to watch and swim because of the strategy and work behind it." — Kristin Thurman Weyant won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this past summer. (Photo courtesy UVA) cavalier sports five questions with First-Year Swimmer Emma Weyant

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