April 24, 2008
The Washington women's pole vaulters, under coach Pat Licari, have established themselves as one of the most consistent units in the nation, and a constant strength of the Husky track and field squad. Senior Kelley DiVesta, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., became the fourth Husky woman to earn All-American honors in the pole vault since 2005 with her seventh-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships this past March. DiVesta cleared a personal-best 13' 9 1/4" at the national meet, and will be aiming for a third NCAA Outdoor appearance and second All-American honor this June. DiVesta chatted with GoHuskies.com prior to the Huskies traveling to Eugene for the Oregon Relays.
GoHuskies.com: What brought you to Washington?
Kelly DiVesta: I chose Washington mostly because of the pole vault tradition and the number of good jumpers on the team. I felt that Pat (Licari) was a good coach. And how could you not want to be in Seattle? It's gorgeous out here.
GH: Washington has had a history of good vaulters, have you enjoyed being a part of it?
KD: Definitely. My best memories have been working with Kate (Conwell), Carly (Dockendorf), and Ashley (Wildhaber). All of the girls that have been on the team the last four years have helped me compete at a higher level.
GH: What do you think it is about Coach Licari that has resulted in the high number of All Americans and NCAA Champions?
KD: Pat is one of the most technical coaches I have ever met. He can pick out little tiny things in the vault that completely change how I vault.
GH: Your indoor season was quite impressive. You set a personal best at NCAA's and finished as an All-American, how do you feel after your indoor season?
KD: Ecstatic! I couldn't have asked for a better indoor season. I have been on a high ever since.
GH: What are your goals for this season?
KD: I want to finish off strong and really enjoy myself. I want to have fun and not put too much pressure on myself. I would like to be an All-American outdoors and make it to the (Olympic) trials.
GH: Since this is your last season, does it seem any different than any other?
KD: Yes and no. I think it's been a lot different not having the older girls on the team this year because I looked up to them. It has been weird to be one of the older girls, but at the same time everyone on the team is great and I love practicing with them.
GH: What are your plans after this outdoor season? Do you have goals to continue to vault?
KD: We'll see. I just accepted an internship at University Presbyterian working with the college ministry and that is going to take up a lot of time. So, I think I am going to take some time off and if I decide that I miss it a lot I will come back, but if not, I could potentially be done.
GH: You are a Latin American Studies major, do you travel a lot or do you plan on traveling? What would you like to do with your major?
KD: I love traveling. I have traveled enough to make me want to do it more. Eventually I would like to move to Latin America and possibly teach English or do Peace Corps type work but not necessarily with the Peace Corps. I don't know when it's going to be, it could be a year or ten years.
GH: Do you have anyone in particular that inspires you?
KD: The girls in my Bible study group have been really encouraging the past two years and have inspired me.