Junior diver Nicole Scott and redshirt sophomore track star Corey Crawford are coming off an impressive month of competition in their respective sports. Nicole won a gold medal at the 2013 Big East Championship, while Corey Crawford amazed many defending his long jump title at the IC4A Championship with a jump of 7.52 meters. Both student-athletes recently took some time to share with the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA) a glimpse into their successful month of competition.
Nicole Scott – Swimming & Diving
RLA - You took home the gold medal in the platform final at the 2013 Big East Diving Championship with a score of 273.25. Can you tell us what that experience was like?
NS - It didn’t feel real at first. I was trying to focus on doing one dive at a time in the final and not thinking about how everyone else was diving. At the end when I saw the results, I was really excited. Having the whole team there cheering us on while we were diving was really motivating, especially having the swim and dive team together at BIG EAST this year. The energy in the pool was very high and it was a fun event to do. I was happy I could contribute to the team points.
RLA - How has the coaching staff help contribute to your success in the pool?
NS – Fred is an amazing coach. I definitely feel that I’ve gotten a lot more consistent and improved a lot in my time at Rutgers. I think that the training we did this year really helped me to get more comfortable with my dives and let me focus on making changes to improve them.
RLA - When and where did you first learn to dive?
NS - I learned how to dive in my backyard pool when I was growing up… after a lot of belly-flopping. I started to dive for a club when I was 11.
RLA - You have a 3.956 majoring in Food Science. What would be the ideal career path of your choice?
NS - I’m hoping to get a job working in the food industry in research and development. I would love to be involved with product development teams and create new food products.
Corey Crawford – Men’s Track & Field
RLA - You are only a redshirt sophomore yet you have already repeated as the IC4A champ in the long jump. What have you done during and in the off-season to get yourself ready?
CC - In the off-season, I like to lift weights and give my body a rest on the track. The everyday grind of a track and field athlete is very hard on the body, so I like to rest and get healthy. During the season, I like to really work on my long jump approach and form. This year Coach Farell and I have really worked on running form, which has helped me with my speed on the runway.
RLA - Did you compete in any other sport during your high school days?
CC - Yes I did. Baseball was my life until I had to give it up for track, but my other sport was soccer. Growing up mainly in Florida, it was soccer year round and it was my love. Running on such a big open field really lets me show my speed. But after my junior year, it was mainly a focus on track and field.
RLA - Being a three-time state champion you could have chosen almost any school. What was the final decision that put Rutgers over the top?
CC - Rutgers had always been a goal of mine. I was not being recruited from schools until I jumped 25 feet. Rutgers contacted me and I felt like I had finally reached my high school goals. It was between UConn and Rutgers. One day I woke up and just knew I was going to be a Scarlet Knight.
RLA - We know that your father (Jay Crawford) is an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Do you see yourself following in his footsteps? If not what track would you like to pursue?
CC - My dad has always been a huge role model in my life and I would love to follow in his footsteps. Who wouldn’t? I would like to pursue my work in his field for sure. I love television broadcast and everything that goes along with it. If that stuff does not work out, coaching has always been a dream job for me as well. I love working with kids and making them better athletes, as well as individuals. I have been around great coaches my whole life. Coaching will definitely be in my future.