Q&A With Cal Senior Siobhan Luce
Feb. 6, 2008
BERKELEY - California senior Siobhan Luce is in the midst of her final season competing for the Golden Bears. Luce and the Bears host the 2008 Pink Meet this Sunday against Oregon State at Haas Pavilion at 2 p.m. Cal will be soliciting flat donations or pledges towards breast cancer research for every score by the Bears that is 9.5 and above. Cal will be donating all money earned to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area Affiliate. Luce sat down with CalBears.com to discuss being a team captain, her future and the Pink Meet.
CalBears.com: Is the Pink Meet any different for the team in terms of your preparation and mind set?
Luce: We do the same preparation and practice as we would for any other competition. Since the meet is an attempt to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, we wear pink leotards and get decked out with pink ribbons and shirts. It's nice to do something different at a competition, and even the crowd gets involved and wears pink. The atmosphere is a lot more light-hearted and a lot of fun.
CalBears.com: Does it add any additional pressure or excitement knowing that your scores can help wipe out such a life-threatening disease?
Luce: It definitely adds a little bit of excitement and pressure. A lot of us have friends and family members who have had breast cancer, so it's really great to get a chance to make a difference and hopefully help find a cure for a cancer that effects so many of us directly or indirectly.
CalBears.com: Does anything stick out in your mind from last year's Pink Meet?
Luce: Nothing in particular stands out, but it was nice to compete for a cause and know that we made a huge donation for breast cancer research.
CalBears.com: How have you enjoyed being one of the senior captains this year?
Luce: Being a captain this year has been really exciting, and it's great to know that my teammates believe I have the leadership skills necessary to be in this position. There are more responsibilities as a captain, and since I am a senior and I've been through the highs and lows with our team, I try my best to keep everyone positive and motivated as the season progresses.
CalBears.com: How would you like to see your final season at Cal come to an end?
Luce: One of our goals as a team is to be ranked in the top 18 and seeded going into the NCAA regionals, and to send some individuals to the national championships. In addition to that, I really just want to end my career having fun and setting some personal records. I want to retire on a positive note and remember the experience of competing in gymnastics for a Division I school.
CalBears.com: What are you going to miss the most about Cal both as a gymnast and as a student?
Luce: That's a tough question. There are so many good things about Cal, and I have had so many great memories since my freshman year. I'll miss everything I've experienced like having my team as my family away from home, going to football games in the fall, traveling and competing in the spring, hanging out with my friends and just doing gymnastics since it has been such a major part of my life since I was really young.
CalBears.com: What's your next step after getting your degree?
Luce: Right now, I am considering medical school and I am planning to take the MCATs at the end of this year. I also want to travel, go backpacking through Europe and possibly go to South America and New Zealand.
CalBears.com: What's been your most memorable moment at Cal?
Luce: Everything. This has really been such an amazing experience!