since she started swimming at the age of four, Stephanie Doi CM ’17 has been on the
path to success. In her second year on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Swimming
and Diving team, Doi is the top Individual Medley
“Right now she is
probably our fastest IM swimmer, and she is right there in the breaststroke and
the butterfly and freestyle events,” head
coach Charles Griffiths said.
A versatile swimmer and one of the team’s top competitors, Doi also has the chance to be a part of
relay teams in addition to her individual races. At the team’s most recent meet
against Trinity University (Texas), Doi’s relay team finished first in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, and Doi also captured first in her 200-yard butterfly and
200-yard IM individual races.
“Last year, it was
difficult for her to decide what she wanted to swim. She is very versatile,” teammate Kelly Ngo
CM ’17 said. “At our first meet in October, she went a best time in the 100 breast, which is unusual
for the beginning of the season.”
a less successful season last year than she had hoped for, Doi is putting extra
effort into her training this year.
“Last year I had a
rough season; I didn’t
drop too much time from my previous best times, so I was a little bit
disappointed at the end of the season,” Doi
really excited for this year, though, because I think this one is going to be a
A new training plan more focused on her events and exercises both in and out of the pool has helped Doi start the season well prepared.
“Stephanie had a
nice freshman season, but she has certainly shown improvement as a sophomore,” Griffiths said. “If she is able to
achieve what she wants to achieve this year, then we will look back on her
freshman year and see that as a great stepping stone to the goals that she was
able to accomplish later down the line.”
Doi is striving to reach the SCIAC championships in
February and hopes that this season can be a successful one for the team as a whole.
“I really want to
make nationals this year, and I really want a big team to go to nationals
because that would be really exciting for the CMS team,” Doi said. “As always, I just want our team to be
really successful this year.”
Ngo said that Doi’s enthusiasm and good sportsmanship has a positive effect on
her fellow swimmers.
“She is always
excited to swim, and she gives off that vibe that makes everybody else excited,” she said. “She is very into cheering on her team and is a very good teammate in that aspect,”
As she moves into this season and beyond, Doi
has high goals for her times in the pool as well as for her role on the team for the remainder of her CMS career.
“I would like to be
a leader on the team and promote all of the things that Charlie wants us to
promote,” Doi said. “I am a very peppy person, and I love cheering and being excited and
jumping up and down and dancing around.”