UofL SWIMMING & DIVING | Cards Get Into Right Mindset Before Each Meet

01/23/2017 08:17 PM

The Louisville swimming and diving team is finding plenty of success so far this season.

The men’s team is ranked seventh in the CSCAA Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, the women’s team is ranked tenth in the CSCAA Coaches Poll.

Sure, the Cardinals spend a lot of time preparing physically for each competition, but they also spend a lot of time preparing mentally.

Dr. Vanessa Shannon, the director of mental health at UofL Athletics and Norton Sports Health, works with the UofL swimming team on a weekly basis. She may even meet with individuals more often than that.

“One of the greatest barriers to me working with athletes today in terms of their mindset and controlling their thoughts is actually technology,” said Shannon.

Shannon hopes to make sure the Cards are confident and “in the right mindset” as they head into each meet.

“Dr. Shannon has taught me that I have to hate to lose and not love winning,” said UofL junior swimmer Carlos Claverie. “Hating to lose is doing whatever it takes for not that to happen again.”

The swimming and diving team is not the only team Shannon works with at the university. She also works with each other sport as well.

“Being able to see their development over the course of time is the reward for me in the work that I do,” said Shannon.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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