Elizabeth Richardson, a senior at the Cullen College of Engineering and the latest subject of the UH Engineering STEMINIST podcast, is practically an expert at deep dives at this point – both in the classroom, and at the University of Houston's Natatorium.
A native of Vero Beach, Florida, Richardson has balanced an aggressive academic course load in Industrial with her work in the pool. The Cougars' swimming and diving team has won six straight American Athletic Conference titles.
Richardson was part of the title effort, earning seven points for a 10th place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. The Cougars ended up needing every single point they could get, as they finished only a half-point ahead of Southern Methodist, 866.5-866, for the victory. Richardson was also named the Female Academic Cougar of the Year by UH Athletics.
Richardson started at UH in the Fall of 2019 as an athletic recruit after a successful high school swimming career for Vero Beach High School. At the time of her signing, she told TC Palm her reasons for UH.
“When visiting the university, I instantly fell in love with the campus,” she said. “Once I met with the coaches, support staff and swimmers, I felt very welcomed and knew it was the right place for me.”
Richardson was interviewed by Civil Engineering junior Trinity Doan, who talked to her about the balance between academic and athletic life. Listen on Anchor via Spotify, or with your podcast application of choice.
The Cougars open up their 2022-23 season with a non-conference meet Oct. 6 at Texas A&M. UH hosts a diving invitational on Oct. 13 and 14. For their full schedule, click here.