Aneesa Ochoa

Aneesa Ochoa, a senior on the Acrobatics & Tumbling team, let us pick her brain on how Title IX affects opportunities to compete in a unique sport not many collegiate institutions offer.

How has Women in Flight given you a more fulfilling experience as a student-athlete? 

Women in Flight has given me a more fulfilling experience as a student-athlete by bringing my teammates and me together through different bonding activities. For us to get to know each other outside of practice and just get to know each other for who we are. We did a team bonding experience on a rope course at a place called Tree to Tree. We spent a few hours together and did activities that were 20 to 60 feet in the air. We learned about each other through a bonding activity where circles were placed on the ground that represented our limits and boundaries and what we would be willing to do instead of what we were most uncomfortable doing. So to know that some teammates were willing to hold snakes and spiders while others weren’t is something that you wouldn’t get to know in practice about each other. 

Is there someone you look up to on the team? 

Someone I look up to on the team is Mariah, one of my best friends. She’s just helped me with moving far from home and transferring into adult life.

What has Title IX allowed you to accomplish as a female student-athlete?

Title IX has helped me accomplish getting into college as a Division I student-athlete in a very unique sport that not a lot of people know about, because Oregon is one of only a few schools with an Acrobatics & Tumbling team. 

What’s your favorite memory with your teammates?

My favorite memory with my teammates is when we went against the number one school in our division (Baylor) and we won that meet and became the number one team in the nation at the time.