Q&A With Cal Senior Nicki Wells

March 27, 2008

California senior Nicki Wells may be competing for the final time as a Golden Bear when Cal heads to the Pac-10 Championships this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Seattle, Wash. The Bears are looking for a strong showing in the conference meet, and hope to earn a bid to the NCAA West Regional. Wells sat down with CalBears.com to discuss this weekend's meet and how much she's enjoyed her time at Cal.

CalBears.com: What's the mindset of the team heading into the Pac-10 Championships?
Wells: We're going in knowing we have nothing to lose. We've already competed in Washington this year and we know what to expect. We just want to go in and do what we can do.

CalBears.com: Does this meet mean anything more to you potentially being your final collegiate meet?
Wells: The thought is definitely there, and scares me a bit, but I am just trying to think about it as another meet. When I look back on my career, I don't think that the last meet will stand out any more than the others.

CalBears.com: How emotional was the Senior Day meet for you back on March 16?
Wells: It was definitely a little sad competing at Haas for the last time. I always enjoyed competing at home. What I was really struck by though was the realization of just how amazing each and every one of my teammates are and how much I will miss them.

CalBears.com: What's been your favorite gymnastics memory at Cal?
Wells: It would have to be every time I see one of my teammates perform the best routine they can do. I get really excited because I see all the work that goes into it, and to see it all come together is the best feeling, one that I will always remember.

CalBears.com: What are your post-graduation plans?
Wells: I really don't know. I have one more semester after this, in which I hope to be able to figure out what I want to do. I would love to stay in the United States and maybe go to grad school.

CalBears.com: How difficult was the move when you came to the United States from New Zealand?
Wells: It really wasn't too hard at all. I totally attribute the smooth transition to my teammates and coaches. I'm certain that without them, I would not have been able to do it.

CalBears.com: What made you decide to become a statistic major?
Wells: Writing papers is a difficult thing for me, so that narrowed it down to something more scientific. I always liked math, but I found it a little too abstract. Statistics is more real to me.

CalBears.com: How would you like to see this season come to an end?
Wells: I would love to go into Pac-10s and just have a fun meet. I hope that the rest of the team will be able to hold onto the confidence and belief that they have gained this season and carry it into next season.

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