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Senior Spotlight: Cornelia Hanes

By: Devon Trenkle

Name:  Cornelia Hanes

Major: Undecided

Sport: Swimming

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden


How long have you been swimming for the C.W. Post swim team?

I have been on the swimming team since the fall of 2009.


What made you choose Post?

I got a great feel for this place when I came on my recruiting trip. The coaching style and the coaches seemed to fit me; plus, it was just outside of New York City.


How do you feel about Post now?

I like Post; I still think it was the right choice for me.


What lesson(s) will you take from Post?

I will take many lessons with me.  I have grown as a swimmer, a student and a person. To name just one would not be fair.


What is the best memory you have with the team?

My freshman year, when we won all the relays in our conference and made the cut times to qualify for the NCAAs.


How do you feel Post has prepared you for your future?

As a student athlete, you learn how to balance swimming with school, so I am very disciplined, and I know how to get through a busy schedule. School wise, I have learned so much within my subjects that I feel ready to take on the world.


What do you want to do after you graduate from Post?

After I graduate, I want to move to California to either start my master’s or to do my OPT year; it is not set in stone yet.


How does it feel to have set so many school records?

It feels great! Hard work pays off.


What will you miss the most from Post?

My teammates…without a doubt, my teammates; they become your family here.


Cornelia Hanes has been swimming for the C.W. Post swim team for the last three years.  In the 2010-2011 season, Hanes was named All-American Honorable Mention in the 100 Free, and 200 Medley Relay, as well as in the 400 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay.  She was also named All-American Honorable Mention in the 2009-2010 season at the NCAA Championship.  Hanes holds four school records at Post; one for the 50 Free, another for the 400 Medley Relay, and two more in the 200 and 400 Free Relays.  The Pioneers are currently 3-0 in their season.  The team’s next meet will take place December 3rd-4th at the TCNJ Winter Invitational in Ewing, New Jersey.

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