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From The Locker Room: Chelsie Lerew

Nov. 22, 2002

Junior Chelsie Lerew took time after practice to talk with FSU sports information’s Dan Flaherty. The two-time ACC Most Valuable Diver and 2002 NCAA All-American had some great answers about being the team captain, diving for coach Patrick Jeffrey and her superstitions…read on!

How long have you been involved with diving?
Its been in my family for a long time, my mom and dad were both Olympic coaches, I have been in the water since I was one and I have being diving competitively since I was about seven.

What does it mean to be here at Florida State and be a captain of the dive team?
It means a lot, to be diving under Patrick is amazing to me, I never thought that I would ever get this far in diving and I am proud to be a part of this team.

What goals do you have set for this season?
Well, I hope to do what I did last year, win ACC and make it to NCAA and hopefully I will make it to the finals in NCAA’s… it’s time.

What were some of the major factors that brought you here to Florida State?
It was close to home and knowing Patrick was here was a big aspect of it. All the other schools I was looking at were great diving school but when I heard Patrick was going to be the coach I was set on coming here, I mean he has a lot of experience and he is really involved with the team.

What were some of the other schools that were recruiting you?
Miami, Alabama, Arizona St, were some of the other schools that I was looking at.

Which one of your ACC Championships has been the most memorable for you?
My freshman year was definitely the most memorable. There were three of us girls on the team that were not diving as well as they should have been but when we got to ACC meet we stepped it up and we went one, two, three in the ACC for the first time in school history. Being able to see the swimmers faces and seeing the coaches faces was the most memorable experience that I have ever had.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Well, I haven’t decided whether or not I am going to continue diving after college and work towards the Olympics, I know that the games are only a year or two after I graduate, I mean its in my plans but they are not set, so I don’t know.

Who is the person that you most admire?
My Dad, he has been doing it for ever, he has been my coach my whole life and he is the one who got me into diving, he is definitely my inspiration.

Do you have any pre match superstitions?
I do, I have to wear a specific suit and I have to feel good in it. I also have to have at least two Diet Cokes before each meet no mater what time of day it is, even if it is six in the morning, give me two diet cokes and I will win the meet.

It has to be Diet Coke?
It has to be Diet Coke!

What is the best dive you have ever performed?
I haven’t really performed a dive in particular that I can pinpoint, but last year in the ACC meet I hit every dive perfectly and that is really just close to impossible.

How long did it take you to perfect the poolside towel change?
I still don’t have it down, every time I change I always manage to flash someone.”

What is your biggest accomplishment as a diver?
My biggest accomplishment was being a part of the U.S team, there is a big difference between college diving and U.S. diving and it is very difficult to dive at that level.”

Favorite sport other than diving?

Beach or Mountains?

Surf or Ski?

SUV or Sports Car?
Sports car.

Leach Center or Stults Pool?

Garnet or Gold?

Donald duck of Daffy Duck?
Donald Duck.

Shoes or Sandals?

Morning practice or Afternoon practice?
Afternoon practice.

What type of CD would you never find in your CD player?
Rock, no hard rock in my CD player.

What type of CD would you always find in your CD player?
Any kind of old school booty mix.

If there were a movie about your life this actress would play you?
It would have to be someone wild and crazy, maybe Sara Michelle Geller.

Have you ever won a belly flop competition?
No, they hurt too bad.

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