Alumni Spotlight - Catching up with Moira Fraser (2009-2013)

Oct. 17, 2013

Moira Fraser lettered for the Cougars all four years during her swimming career at UH and was a three-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. The native of Harare, Zimbabwe ranks in Houston's Top 10 in three individual events and is a member of three record-setting relay teams.

A freestyle specialist, Moira ranks seventh in program history in the 50 free (23.47) and 200 free (1:49.00) and eighth in the 100 free (50.89). She swam on Houston's 200 (1:32.24), 400 (3:21.21) and 800 (7:16.67) free relay teams at last year's C-USA Championships en route to establishing school records in all three events.

What are you up to these days?
I am still in school with only six more hours to graduate. I have been working at the same time for an energy recruiting and staffing firm. I am not swimming or competing as there's no time for that anymore. I still get to see old teammates, mainly during the weekend at the football games.

How has being a student-athlete at UH helped you prepare for life after college?
It's helped me be disciplined and to persevere.

What athletics skills transfer to the real world? What athletic skills do not contribute at all to the real world?
Dealing with different personalities. When I was captain, I dealt with different personalities and in the real world you deal with different personalities every day. It's all about how you handle people and time. The actual swimming part did not transfer.

Any interesting hobbies you’re getting into now that you have free time?
Free time??? Not yet...

Which professor had the greatest impact on your career as a student at UH?
Dr. Jerry Evans - he taught me so much about being a leader. Going to his class felt more like a motivational speech that learning about a subject matter. And also Dr. Bott because of his school pride.

What was your major and your favorite classes?
Organizational Leadership and Supervision. My favorite classes were: Leading Change in the Workplace, Team Leadership and Human Resources in Technology

Describe how you evolved from a freshman to an upperclassmen?
As a freshman, I counted down every day to a specific event - Thanksgiving break, summers, Christmas break, conference (championships), etc. As a I got older and more into the program, I started making the days count and appreciating the small things.

What was your first impression when you arrived to the UH campus?
Everything was so big, and I loved how much pride was shown. Just by having the words 'University of Houston' written all over the place - I felt proud to be a Cougar.

What are your most memorable moments as a member of the UH Swimming and Diving team?
The moment when my whole team stood up on the podium to get second place at the Conference USA Championships. We acted as a team, we lead as a team, we were together every step of the way and we were a true team.

What advice would you give to newcomers joining the Houston Swimming and Diving program?
Make sure you lead from the front, set a good example of how you believe the program should be. Your leadership will recognized not by the things you say but by the things you do.

Were there any freshman you helped along?
The most memorable one would have been Holly Criscuolo (now a sophomore).

What was your toughest challenge you faced at UH and how did you overcome it?
My toughest challenge was fitting in with a completely new culture. I overcame it by sucking it up and realizing the amazing opportunity I had been given.

What do you miss the most and the least about being a college swimmer?
My teammates, caring about each other and truly working together.



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