A few weeks ago, I had an interview with one of my college runners, Mara White.  The interview wasn’t just to highlight her success, but also to shed some light on the difference between high school sports and college athletics.  College athletics isn’t just for every athlete.  You have to have the ability, but also the discipline to work hard.

Rachel Snedegar, OtterbeinToday, I want to share an interview I had with another one of my former athletes, Rachel Snedegar.  She plays basketball at a small college here in Columbus and was kind enough to take some time to share her insight on collegiate athletics.

Today is part one of the interview and talks about Rachel, her high school career, and how she chose her college.

AK: Tell us a little about yourself.  Who are you?  What sports did you play in high school and where?  What are you doing in college and what sport are you playing?

RS: Rachel Snedegar.  I played basketball and ran track at Pickerington North High School.  I’m currently playing my senior year of basketball at Otterbein University.  I am studying Athletic Training and minoring in sports management.

AK: How is your current season going?  What are your personal and team goals for this season?

RS: We are currently 7-3.  My personal goals are to average a double-double in points and rebounds for the season. (AK: Currently, she is averaging 8.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg.)  Our team goal is to win our conference (OAC). (AK: Currently, her team was tied for second in the league)

AK: We worked together on two different occasions: at my facility and when I trained your high school team.  What were the reasonings behind training at my facility?  How did the program go and how did it help you for that upcoming season?  Did the training you did with us help you out at all for your collegiate career?

RS: My high school coach (Dave Butcher) recommended me to train at your facility before my senior year in high school.  Since I am a smaller post, my goals were go get quicker, stronger, and improve my verticals jump.

The program that I went through went great.  I improved on everything that I needed to.  I could see a difference in my quickness and strength the upcoming season.  Also, I reached my personal best in high jump that year in track.

The training I did also helped me with my college career.  The quickness and strength I gained carried over into my playing at Otterbein.  I am currently one of the top two fastest players on the team and I use that to my advantage in games to run the floor.  Also, this program helped me on a personal level to always challenge myself, which had helped me with improving myself every year.

AK: Explain your college choosing process?  Did you always know you wanted to play basketball in college?  How did you decide on playing at Otterbein?  How did you get noticed?

RS: I knew going into college that I wanted to play basketball, so I only looked at schools that were interested in me.  Otterbein was the third school I visited and it was the last.  I fell in love with the campus, and connected with the teammates and coach from the very beginning.  I decided on Otterbein because of my successful visit, and because the coaches showed a lot of interest in me.

AK: How has your college basketball career gone so far?

RS: My college basketball career has been one of the greatest experiences that I know I will ever go through.  I’ve made lifelong friends and learned life long lessons.

Part 2 will be posted on Monday, January 21, 2013.