Women's Swimming

Get To Know Your Buckeyes: Cheyenne Cousineau

Go Buckeyes! Four-time Big Ten Diver of the Week Cheyenne Cousineau
Go Buckeyes!
Four-time Big Ten Diver of the Week Cheyenne Cousineau
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 23, 2013

Last season Cheyenne Cousineau shocked everyone, including herself, by bringing home a Big Ten championship on the 10-meter platform dive. Following in the footsteps of recent Buckeye greats Bianca Alvarez and Katie Bell, Cousineau's win awarded her well-deserved attention and respect from conference and national foes alike. Now, in her second year of competing with the Scarlet and Gray, she has set even loftier goals for herself and her teammates. As the undisputed leader of the women's diving unit, Cousineau will look to share her newfound experience and confidence as the Buckeyes prepare to meet and exceed the expectations of postseason competition. 


How will you use your win at last season's Big Ten championships as an advantage entering postseason this year?

The win last year was a huge confidence booster for me, especially being a freshman. I learned to enjoy the atmosphere and will go into the postseason this year relaxed and ready.

What was it like watching former Buckeye Katie Bell train for and compete at the London Olympic Games?

Training with Katie has been one of my favorite times in my diving career. In the year leading up to the Olympics we became super close teammates and friends. When we trained synchro, we learned from one another and worked together to become better as a team. We were basically attached at practices, which helped me to continually strive to be as good as she was. More importantly though, Katie showed me how to keep composure and never give up after one bad dive. Watching her in the Olympics was very inspiring knowing how much she overcame and everything she dedicated to get there.


 

 

Where are you currently at in your training? Any specific improvements you want to make?

Right now Vince and I are still in the grind part of season. We're working on keeping our numbers on the 10-meter up. When it gets closer to Big Tens we'll have a bit of fine-tuning to do and less numbers. One specific improvement we would like to make is for me to develop a consistent rip entry.

How would you describe this year's diving squad?

This years diving team is definitely unique. We are all strong personalities but mesh well. We have learned to support and push each other in the areas needed and sometimes even have a little friendly competition during practice.

Is there a particular teammate who has really impressed you so far in practice or competition?

Both of the girls, Taylor and Kellie, have impressed me this year. They developed a solid platform list and have worked hard to get it. Platform takes a lot of mental preparation to learn new dives and they didn't give up when dives were challenging and maybe a little scary. They learned to push through, and for that I am really proud of them.

Have you taken on more of a leadership role after losing Bianca Alvarez to graduation?

Being the oldest on the team I fill in the "mom" role. The girls are able to come to me about new dives, meets or anything really. Hopefully I can help them out.

How has working with head coach Vince Panzano taken your diving to the next level?

Vince is an incredible coach in so many ways. We are constantly watching, analyzing and comparing the best divers in the world to my diving. He has so much knowledge about the sport and can always find a way to communicate how things should be done. Not only has Vince taught me a lot about diving, but has encouraged and pushed me to learn on my own with studying divers and focusing on what I feel during dives. Most importantly Vince has helped me grow so much as a person. Together we have come a long way.

What would make this season a success for Buckeye diving in your opinion?

I believe having all six divers final and/or consolation final on the three levels at Big Tens and even go in with a few capable of winning would make the season a success.

What advice do you have for individuals hoping to dive on the collegiate level?

The best advice I could give for someone hoping to dive in college is to get involved in a club and compete in as many meets as they can. No matter the level of competition you can always learn something, which makes competing a little easier each time.

What made you choose OSU over other schools you were considering?

After taking all my school visits I instantly knew that Ohio State was where I wanted to go. I loved a lot of my trips but Ohio State grabbed my attention with Coach Panzano and the team's history of excellence.

Where are you currently at in your training? Any specific improvements you want to make?

Right now Vince and I are still in the grind part of season. We're working on keeping our numbers on the 10-meter up. When it gets closer to Big Tens we'll have a bit of fine-tuning to do and less numbers. One specific improvement we would like to make is for me to develop a consistent rip entry. 

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