Photo courtesy of Joe Vanden Acker
This week I sat down with freshman softball standout Amanda Karnatz. Karnatz has had an incredible start to her season, being the first Viking on the team to receive Midwest Conference Accolades. We are excited to see what Karnatz will bring to this team for the rest of this season, as well as the upcoming seasons.
Arianna Cohen: Where are you from? What drew you to Lawrence?
Amanda Karnatz: I am from Elmhurst, IL. I was drawn to Lawrence because of all the great programs that are offered here. I am able to be involved in everything I want, whether that be athletics, academics, or music. Everyone on campus is supportive of one another in anything people do.
AC: What do you do to prepare for a double header?
AK: I wake up and eat a small breakfast before the game. I start getting in the mindset of the game before I even get on the field. From the moment I step outside I am in game mode.
AC: What has been your favorite experience thus far being a part of the softball team?
AK: My favorite experience thus far has been going down to Florida over spring break. It was great to play in the warm weather and bond as a team.
AC: What is something you look forward to in your next three years at Lawrence?
AK: I look forward to advancing my education and playing as hard as I can on the field. I hope the softball team can win conference. I also have high expectations for myself and hope that I can advance my abilities on and off the field.
AC: How has the transition been from high school to collegiate sports?
AK: The game is faster in college and you have to be able to adjust to the speed of the game. Lifting, along with practice, is crucial to adjusting.
AC: Do you have any pregame rituals?
AK: I always make sure that I get dressed in the same order before every game. I also always make sure I am wearing an extra ponytail on my left wrist.