BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cassie Wyckoff (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) is heading into her senior campaign with Indiana University and has been at the core of a dominant Hoosiers' defense for the past three seasons. In 2011, she set the school’s single-season record for saves with 348. The Los Altos, Calif. native was named an ACWPC Honorable Mention All-America selection and followed that with a trip to Shenzhen, China as part of Team USA for the World University Games, in which the squad brought home silver medals.
Wyckoff sat down with IUHoosiers.com to discuss her exciting summer and some of the things she enjoys outside of the pool.
On the excitement of being on Team USA and being named an All-America Honorable Mention:
"It was an honor to be named an All-American Honorable Mention and then on top of that I didn’t expect to go to China, but then I trained with the National team and Junior National team and Adam Krikorian decided that he wanted to take me. I was more than thrilled to go."
On her favorite part of the trip to China with Team USA:
"There were so many great memories. The experience with the girls was awesome. All of them brought something to the table. We all came together and had amazing chemistry from the moment we started training together. I made so many new friends, both the men’s and the women’s water polo teams. We all hung out together and learned a little bit about the culture of China. We did a lot of team bonding and talked about inspiring things."
On what she'll take away from the experience:
"Definitely the fact that it was an international tournament. It’s a different perspective than it is here, a different competition. Hopefully I can help the girls here have a little more of an output of what that level of competition looks like."
On her favorite part of being a goalkeeper:
"I like that people rely on me as the biggest defender, to be the last one to get the ball or make the save. It’s an individual position and you get credit for that."
On her hobbies:
"I like to hang out with my friends and relax since water polo and school take up most of my time. My roommates and I sometimes watch shows together. My roommate, Jakie Köhli, loves to watch Vampire Diaries and all kinds of shows so we spend time doing that and eating."
On her choice of three people she would like to have dinner with:
"Betsey Armstrong because she's the national goalie for the USA team and I would love to talk to her about all the experiences she’s had. I would also pick Will Ferrell because he’s hilarious. I go to dinner with my family all the time, but I would also take my mom because she knows how to socialize with people. We have a really good time together. She’s like my best friend and my rock."
On her favorite hangout spot on campus:
"I would have to say it’s the study tables at the stadium because I know a lot of the athletes that are there now. The people there are so supportive. Not only do you have academics there, but it’s also a social situation where you can see people that you don’t see all the time. The food there is really good this year and it’s very healthy."
On what’s in her iPod:
"I like Lil Wayne a lot. I love Rihanna. I love Britney Spears. I like rock bands too, like The Fray. It's definitely a wide variety of music."
Release courtesy Indiana Athletic Communications