Senior vikings commit to collegiate athletics

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Senior vikings commit to collegiate athletics

From left to right, top to bottom: Jessica Chu, Luka Mandic, Anika Kanchi, Avni Anand, Pooja Muvva, Lauren Okamoto

From left to right, top to bottom: Jessica Chu, Luka Mandic, Anika Kanchi, Avni Anand, Pooja Muvva, Lauren Okamoto

Photos by Lillian Fu, graphic illustration by Jasmine Hou and Lillian Fu

From left to right, top to bottom: Jessica Chu, Luka Mandic, Anika Kanchi, Avni Anand, Pooja Muvva, Lauren Okamoto

Photos by Lillian Fu, graphic illustration by Jasmine Hou and Lillian Fu

Photos by Lillian Fu, graphic illustration by Jasmine Hou and Lillian Fu

From left to right, top to bottom: Jessica Chu, Luka Mandic, Anika Kanchi, Avni Anand, Pooja Muvva, Lauren Okamoto

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Name: Jessica Chu

Team: UC Davis Women’s Swimming

“[I enjoy] surviving really hard [practice] sets with my teammates and [when] everyone pushes each other towards the same goal, like to qualify for a meet or to drop [time].”

 

Name: Luka Mandic

Team: Cal Poly Men’s Soccer

“It’s a lot of being with friends, a lot of getting your mind off of any stress that you have in your life. When I’m playing soccer, I’m going to be completely focused on that and I don’t have to worry about anything else.”

 

Name: Anika Kanchi

Team: Columbia University Women’s Squash

“Whenever I’m on the court during a tournament, I’m always composed on the outside but on the inside I’m raging. That kind of feeling on the court just feels amazing and I really enjoy that.”

 

Name: Avni Anand

Team: University of Pennsylvania Women’s Squash

“I just kept on going just because [squash] was always a big constant in my life. School is hard [and] friends are annoying, but you still have that one thing to fall back on.”

 

Name: Pooja Muvva

Team: NYU Stern Women’s Tennis

“My favorite tournament would be the USTA Zone Team Championships. That’s really close to how college tennis is. I had to learn a lot, [to] not keep looking at my failures and learn to come back from that.”

 

Name: Lauren Okamoto

Team: Princeton University Women’s Diving

“I’m always doing handstands everywhere; I’ve been walking on my hands from a really young age so I think I just loved being upside down. I always just thought that was really fun.”