ATHLETE PROFILE: Molly Evans
Saturday afternoon, the Carnegie Mellon women’s swim team recorded three wins at the quad meet over Franklin & Marshall (153–109), University of Rochester (178–84) and Washington & Lee (167–95). The team won seven events and placed second in five.
Last week, The Tartan chatted with Molly Evans, a first-year swimmer. Evans was named the University Athletic Association Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week on Oct. 30 for her intercollegiate debut with three event wins, two NCAA qualifying times, and a school record. She set the school record for the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:05.71, breaking the previous record by more than seven seconds.
Saturday, Evans improved her times in the 100-yard backstroke (58.55) and 200-yard IM (2:11.22), setting new school records. She also won the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.40).
Tartan: When did you first get involved in swimming?
Evans: I was 5 years old when I started swimming competitively.
T: How did you get into the sport?
E: I was dragged along to all my sister’s swim meets so I thought it would be more fun to swim than to sit and watch.
T: What or whom do you attribute your success to?
E: It’s been really helpful to have the support of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches.
T: Was swimming a part of your decision to come to Carnegie Mellon?
E: I really enjoyed swimming, and I wanted to continue swimming in an environment where school came first.
T: What is it like to be a first-year coming into Carnegie Mellon and playing a sport?
E: It is nice to have a group of people you know you can depend on from day one and to have upperclassmen to help you out in the first couple of weeks.
T: Do you think playing a sport gives you a different experience at Carnegie Mellon?
E: I think participating in a sport enhances your experience in college because you are exposed to new and different people whom you probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
T: How do you manage Carnegie Mellon’s academic load and swimming?
E: I try to stay focused and stay on top of things, and get enough sleep.
T: What accomplishment are you particularly proud of?
E: At PIAAs my junior year, I placed 11th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.02.
T: How does it feel to create a school record your first year at CMU?
E: As Ron Burgundy would say, “I am in a glass case of emotion.”
T: Do you have a most memorable swim meet?
E: It would have to be PIAAs my junior year in high school.
T: Do you have a most memorable meat?
E: Turkey. Ham is a close second.
T: Do you have any personal or team goals in mind?
E: I hope we can get relays and multiple individuals to NCAAs.
T: What do you think of the new Tartans mascot?
E: The Scottie dog is cute, but I’m not sure how good he would look in a Speedo.
T: What are your favorite things to do to relax when you have the extra time?
E: Watching TV, Top Chef, the Steelers, hanging out with swimmers and non-swimmers, and eating.
T: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
E: I am going home, eating turkey, and preparing for the Kenyon invite in December.