U of M Women - In the Spotlight: Sophie Linn
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Junior/sophomore Sophie Linn has had a long road to reach the 2015 Big Ten Championships. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Linn began her career at the University of Mississippi before transferring to U-M in 2014. She made her in-uniform debut on the cross country course this fall after a successful first track season in Maize and Blue this past spring. Now, Linn is ready to run her first race at the Big Ten meet this weekend, coming off PRs at 5K (Greater Louisville Classic, Oct. 3) and 6K (Pre-Nats, Oct. 17) during the closing stretch of the regular season. Linn sat down 'In the Spotlight' with MGoBlue.com to discuss the emotions surrounding her postseason debut, the way the team has handled success this season and what Coach Mike McGuire's difficult lineup decisions say about the depth of this year's roster.
On the emotions of making her postseason debut in the block M ... "I'm extremely excited to run at the Big Ten Championships for the first time. The last year has been a tough transition; I've been working really, really hard and it's been paying off with team success, too. Our team is really cohesive as well, and all of that has me feeling very excited. I'm looking forward to running fast this weekend."
On how the team learned from the 2014 season to handle team success this year ... "The team mentality is different this season from last year. We were humbled by the injuries last season so this year we have really focused on recovery and keeping everyone healthy, and that has been a really positive environment to foster all the success we've had so far this season. The cohesiveness of the team and everyone's positivity has let us take our successes humbly. We've tried to be gracious and not go into any meet expecting things, so I think that has helped put us in the position we are in this year. Having so much depth has created a very, very tight top 12 group, and it will remain that way through the postseason. Coach Mike had to make some tough decisions this week but we still feel like a cohesive group of 12."
On the difficulty of the Big Ten roster decision for Coach McGuire and what that says about the team's depth ... "I think it's a great thing that we've made it this difficult for him. It's hard on the whole team when we have to cut things down for this weekend, especially because everyone has been training so hard and giving 110-percent effort. Each person in our top 12 deserves to go, but I think having to make those decisions has helped make us stronger as a team because we've really rallied behind the girls that aren't sharing in this opportunity, but also those girls in turn have stepped up and shown how happy they are for us to be racing. I think it also shows how much trust we have in our coach. We always trusted that he was going to put the best nine forward this weekend, so I think everyone was on the same page going into this week. You have to trust your coach and of course your teammates to go out and get the job done."
On her personal growth after a transfer year last season and how she feels now compared to a season ago ... "I don't even recognize myself from last year. I feel a lot more settled now after being here for a year; being in Michigan and with this team and having spent a year under Mike, I think his training requires an adjustment period. That's a good thing, and me being healthy this year helps a great deal, of course."
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