Victoria Cervantes was not entirely sure on where she wanted to attend college, but she did know that being challenged as an athlete and student were very important to her. Florida State turned out to be the perfect opportunity for Cervantes to succeed as a student-athlete.
“I chose FSU because I really like the team atmosphere and my coach. The academic area is really good as well, so it is a great balance between academics and diving,” said the freshman diver with a shining smile.
Cervantes started diving at nine years old and was in love with the sport ever since. “I have support from everyone and have amazing friends, which end up being family. I love the adrenaline of flips, of course I get scared, but it’s a nice feeling. I love going to practice and spending time with my friends,” Cervantes said.
While this is Cervantes’ first year as a diver on FSU’s swimming and diving team, she is no stranger to hard work and fierce competition. From Guadalajara, Mexico, Cervantes has represented her country in serval meets. Cervantes was a finalist in the 2018 FINA World Diving Championship in the 10m, along with finishing in third place in the 10m at the Central American Games.
When looking back on her diving career so far, Cervantes has two experiences that stand out to her. “The World Championship in Ukraine and also coming here,” Cervantes stated. “In Ukraine I was very nervous, but it was a nice experience. You get to meet other people from other countries. It’s all of the hard work paying off. There are definitely some tough days, but it is all part of the process.”
During her first semester, Cervantes proved to be a promising diver for the Noles. She made her Florida State debut with a win on 3-meter and finished second place 1-meter against No. 23 Auburn. She also placed first on 3-meter and second on 1-meter against UWF. Cervantes has qualified for the NCAA Zone B meet and is looking to compete in her first ACC Championships in February.
Cervantes’ eyes light up when speaking about diving and her new Seminole family. She works extremely hard in the pool and in the classroom, but also makes sure to have fun. Cervantes and head diving coach John Proctor along with a few other teammates have started a weekly podcast. During each episode Cervantes attempts to teach Coach Proctor Spanish. “We enjoy doing it, we just laugh,” said Cervantes.
While her determination and passion for diving is very strong, so are her goals outside of the pool. Majoring in psychology, Cervantes hopes to use her major and experiences to help others, especially athletes.
“You need to be good with yourself in order to be the best in any area in your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not. As an athlete, I would like to help other athletes. I want to help people grow so they can achieve the best in any area they want,” Cervantes said.
Cervantes has big goals and expectations for herself here during her time at Florida State. “I would like to graduate in psychology and learn as much as I can and really take advantage of all of the help we get,” Cervantes said. “I would also love to win any event in NCAA and ACC.”
Whether she is diving, studying, or spending time with friends and teammates, Cervantes has already proven to be a true Florida State Seminole.