By John Torsiello
School: Granby Memorial High School.
Cindy is a senior and has been on the Honor Roll every marking period throughout high school. She is am a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society as well as president of the Leo Club.
Sports Played And Positions: Four years of field hockey, three years varsity (midfielder). “I will compete in my fourth outdoor track and field season this spring. I was a sprinter my freshman year but I have become more of a middle distance runner now. I joined the swim team when I was a sophomore, but junior year I decided to focus more on running and picked up indoor track as well. So I am starting my second season of indoor track and field this week.”
Athletic Accomplishments: Cindy was a member of the 2011 state championship field hockey team, and this season was a captain as the Bears made it to the state finals where they lost to Stonington 1-0. In both indoor and outdoor track, she was All-North Central Connecticut Conference in 2013 and was a member of the winning NCCC 4×400-meter relay team in indoor track, and the school record-breaking 4×800-meter relay team in outdoor track.
How You Prepare Before A Game: “Before games and meets I usually eat an energy bar and listen to intense music. While warming up I think about what I have to do to be the best I can be, whether it’s to keep my nerves calm on the starting line or to focus on moving the ball down the field. Sometimes before track meets I brush my teeth.”
Most Memorable Moment In Your High School Career: “Going to the state finals in field hockey this year was such an amazing feeling because that had been our goal all season. Even though we didn’t win, we walked away with our heads held high because we really accomplished a lot. The entire season was special because of our team bond.”
What Were You Most Excited About This Season: “During the field hockey season our motto was `will to win.’ We definitely had that mindset going into most of our games, and the most exciting moments were in our team huddles when we would all get pumped up and talk about our will to win–it worked.”
Who Have Been The Most Influential People In Your Life And Why? “My field hockey coach Sandy Wickman-Mason has definitely had a big influence on me as an athlete and a young woman. Having her as a coach is special because she really instills in all of us the drive to do our best, which is so important when you are a part of any team. She has taught me so much, not just about hockey, and I wish I could play for her for four more years!”
Favorite Pro Or College Athlete: “Alexi Pappas, who now runs for the University of Oregon. She is an amazing runner and I love that she has so much fun while training to be the best. I would love to meet her some day.”
College Plans: “I have just finished sending in my college applications. I don’t really have a number one school and I know I’ll be happy wherever I end up. I definitely will continue running, whether that means competitively or not.”