Hochstedler reflects on CMU career

Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics

This year at the NCAA Championships, the Carnegie Mellon University women’s Swimming and Diving Team placed 15th overall — the highest team finish in the school’s history. Leading this charge was senior Kim Hochstedler, who broke a school record with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. A competitive swimmer since the age of nine, Hochstedler collected an All-American Honor and an All-American Honorable Mention at the meet two weeks ago, adding to her two other All-American Honorable Mentions throughout her career.

“I knew I wanted to swim in college, and I found that I really clicked with the team here at Carnegie Mellon on my recruiting trip,” said Hochstedler in an interview with The Tartan. “I felt like I immediately belonged on the team and that is what made me decide to commit to the program.”

This year’s NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, IN, held a special significance for Hochstedler, who was born in Indiana.

“This year, the meet was held in Indianapolis, at a pool I swam at many times a year growing up. It was really special to end my swimming career at a pool I spent so much time at before college.”

She was able to shave more than a second off of her previous career-best 200-yard breaststroke time at this year’s championships, breaking a record at Carnegie Mellon set by herself merely a year ago.

As a senior, this was the last season for Hochstedler, who said, “I am proud that I was able to drop time and improve in all of my events during my college swimming career. Our conference and national competition has gotten faster every year, and I am proud that I was able to make an impact on my team’s success at this level through my four years.”

The team as a whole had a strong showing at the NCAA tournament, with first-year Jessica Chau debuting at the tournament with a 13th place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, while sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris finished 13th overall in the 200-yard individual medley.

As the swimming and diving team look forward to the next season, Hochstedler reflects back on her time here at Carnegie Mellon.

“The camaraderie of the team is definitely something I will miss after college. Being a part of the team means that you have immediately made 70 friends among your teammates on campus,” commented Hochstedler. “We hang out together, practice together, and live together, so my teammates have had a large impact on my Carnegie Mellon experience. It really is a great group of people to be with, so I will miss getting to be a part of the team and swimming community after graduation.”