Each year at the STAR (STudent Athlete Recognition) Awards Ceremony, a special award
is reserved for a student-athlete who embodies the Olympian experience by demonstrating
scholastic and athletic excellence, leadership, community involvement, inspiration,
and team spirit. Samantha Schmidt, a sophomore and swimmer at Mesa College, was awarded
the 2018 Super Star Award for her dedication to - and passion for - her academics
and sports lifestyle.
Schmidt has had many accomplishments during her seasons with the Mesa swim team and
her participation on the 2017 state team. She’s broken Mesa College’s all-time records
in the 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, and 800 Freestyle Relay; she holds
multiple metals for 1st and 2nd place and is recognized as an All-American Athlete. Lastly, and also a major athletic
achievement, she won the Waterman Pentathlon - beating out 68 other competitors.
In addition to being an athletic super star, she is a super star in the classroom
and the community. While maintaining an impressive 4.0 grade point average through
the Fall 2017 season, she has also spent her time volunteering through the YMCA Raintree
Ranch Camp, and participating in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Pacific
South Coast Walk for MS as a Team Leader where she raised $4,170 in donations. Her
team received the Gold Level Top Fundraising Team award for their commitment and enthusiastic
support of the cause.
“Samantha is of the best athletes we have ever had,” stated Head Coach of Women’s
Swimming and Diving Jim Fegan. “Sam is a true competitor who loves to race. Her versatility has helped the team remain
undefeated in two dual meet seasons and achieve our highest finishes at the State
meet. She has worked hard both in and out of the pool and deserves all the accolades.
I’m extremely proud of her efforts and know there is more success ahead.”
When she isn’t qualifying for CCCAA State Championships or volunteering to organize
pit stops at the 3 Day Walk for MS, she’s teaching community youth swim lessons at
the YMCA. She’s very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and helping others
to do the same – she is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in
Kinesiology as a Pre-Physical Therapy major.
For more information on the Mesa Swim and Diving Team, visit the Athletics page. If you’d like to learn more about kinesiology educational opportunities, please
visit the Exercise Science Program page.
Tags: Waterman Pentathlon, YMCA, CCCAA State Championships, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Athletics, Exercise Science, All-American Athlete, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Swimming, Swimming & Dive