Freshman phenom streaks ahead of competition

Only 10 weeks into her freshman season, Kate Weaver has emerged as one of the stars of the UVM swimming and diving team.”Kate is a very talented local swimmer that we expect will become one of the top swimmers in the conference,” head coach Jerry Cournoyer said at the beginning of the season. “She will have an immediate impact with us this season.”Cournoyer was not exaggerating. Hailing from the Burlington area, Weaver is no stranger to athletic success. In high school, Weaver was a member of the 2005 State Champion South Burlington High tennis team. Weaver also excelled in track and field, where as a senior, she qualified for the Vermont state meet in shot put, discus and pole vault.Her resumé includes the ranking as a top eight finalist in the 200 backstroke and a top 16 finalist in the 200 freestyle, 100 free and 100 back at the Speedo Sectionals.Weaver holds state records in the girls 17 to 19-year-old division in the 200 and 100 free as well as the 100 back. In Weaver’s first collegiate meet against Stony Brook and the Army, Weaver set school records in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.44 and the 200 back?stroke with a time of 2:07.42. In the meet against Niagara, Weaver broke the school record in the 100 back with a time of 58.26. In the 200 freestyle relay, Weaver and her team finished in first place with a time of 1:51.88. The Catamounts swam to a 140-83 victory over Niagara.In Sunday’s meet against Northeastern, Weaver broke her eighth record of the day with a time of 2:10.08 in the 100 IM, the personal best in the freshman category.Other broken records include the freshmen, pool and varsity record in the 100 backstroke.Weaver is constantly upbeat on the sidelines and always cheers on her teammates in the water. She seems to effortlessly fuse together the ability to keep the team morale up, while igniting a fire in both herself and others to compete to everyone’s full potential.Weaver is poised to take on any and all challenges this year, the attitude leading the team’s continuing success in the 2007-2008 season.