During the month of July, GoBonnies.com will feature a trio of women's swimmers who are working on campus during the summer to prepare for the 2017-18 season. The next feature centers on rising senior Maria Rocchi.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Maria Rocchi is one of three members of the St. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving team who head coach Brian Thomas sees as "pioneers" of the program. For the first time, Thomas has begun installing a comprehensive summer program with a trio of team members - Rocchi and fellow seniors Devon McFadden and Emily Wulff - spending their summers on campus working toward improving for the 2017-18 season.
To be sure, the current senior class will be remembered for helping change the culture of the St. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving program, taking it into a new era of competition in the Atlantic 10.
For her part, Rocchi looks to continue improvement that has been evident during her three years with the program. A year ago, the native of Philadelphia set her personal-best time in the 200-breaststroke at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships and earlier set another personal record in the 100-breaststroke during competition at the 2016 Akron Zippy Invitational.
Rocchi hopes those performances set the stage for a memorable senior year.
How have you most improved during your time at St. Bonaventure?
Definitely mentally. In high school I would be nervous, but my approach now is very different.
What are the things that you're working on this summer?
I'm working on more detail work, watching video. Just working on the little things and trying to make our races perfect.
What adjustments have you made in your approach to training?
Being more confident, more positive and more mentally prepared for racing.
What are some of the personal goals you have for yourself next season?
This season I want to have a lot of fun and improve a lot personally at our conference meet, but throughout the year too. I don't want to focus just on one meet, but I want to make the best out of my last year here at Bonaventure.
What is your favorite memory associated with St. Bonaventure swimming?
I love just spending time spending time with my classmates. We have so much fun together in practice and meets.
What does being a part of the Bonnies program mean to you?
It means everything. If I could walk in as a freshman and do this all over again I would definitely do four more years of swimming. I don't think I'm ready to be done yet. I couldn't imagine my life without being here.
Do you feel you are part of laying a strong foundation for the future of the program?
Definitely. Especially staying over the summer we are setting different goals and a new foundation. We are moving toward a better culture and really putting the work in during the year.
Getting to know … Maria Rocchi
Favorite food: Chocolate milk
Favorite TV show: That 70's Show or Friends
Favorite movie: I like Disney movies
Hobbies: I just got a bike so I like to do that.
Dream job: Food critic or teacher
Best advice you've received: To always be happy
Emoji that would best describe yourself: The smiling face. I smile a lot.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Hopefully teaching somewhere.
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