2012-13: Named to the MAAC All-Academic team...Honored by College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for academic success...Earned her top 50 Free time in 25.67 against Canisius (11/17)...Earned several top season times at the ECAC Championships in the 100 Free, 200 Free and the 200 Back...at the NE Catholic Invite(10/18) she earned her top 400 IM time of the season with 5:02.79.
2011-12:First place finisher in nine individual events during her freshman season...Won the 100 back against Niagara and Bryant (1:00.82), Holy Cross (1:03.12), and Sacred Heart (1:02.24)...Also found success in the 200 back, winning meets against Holy Cross (2:16.42), and Canisius and Gannon (2:10.18)...Was also the Saints main contributor in the 200 IM with victories against Canisius and Ganno (2:13.86), Bryant and Niagara (2:13.00), Vermont (2:20.15), and St. Francis (2:24.29)...Helped the 200 free relay finish sixth in the MAAC Championships, clocking with a time of 1:38.75
BEFORE SIENA:Earned two varsity letters at Harry D. Jacobs before swimming with her club team year-round as a junior and senior...Conference champion in the 500 free as a freshman and 400 free relay as a sophomore...Finished sixth in 200 back at state championships as a sophomore...A Speedo Sectionals and Grand Prix qualifier.
PERSONAL:Born April 10, 1993...The daughter of David and Susan Podczerwinski...Has two younger twin sisters, Brittany and Courtney...Enjoys participating in triathlons, reading, and hanging out with friends in her spare time...A biochemistry and pre-med major who wants to attend medical school...Chose Siena for the athletic and academic opportunities it provided...Also recruited by Evansville, Illinois State, and Youngstown State.
KUETERMAN ON PODCZERWINSKI:"She will add depth to our backstroke events this year. I look for her to have a solid junior year and help us move up in the MAAC championships."
Nickname: "Podz" or "The Podzinator"
Twitter handle: @amandapodz
What I like most about Siena College: The friendly enviroment
What I like most about my sport: competiveness
What I like most about coach: the amount he cares about the team
Another Siena sport I follow: rugby and soccer
Player I most relate to on the team: Jacque Medina
Best moment of the previous season: training trip
My goal for the upcoming season: place top 8 at MAACs individually, top 4 as a team
My biggest fear: drowning
My hobbies are: reading and running
What is one thing you can't live without: coffee and gum
If I could travel anywhere, I would go: New Zealand
If I was stuck on a deserted island, the one thing I would bring: boat
My biggest fan: my parents
My before game/meet routine: have a dance party with the team
Best advice I have ever received: Embrace every moment
Most embarrassing moment: I fell when running on the tredmill and have a scar on my knee for life
Person I look up to the most: Mom and Dad
Three words that describe me: Optimistic, peppy, busy bee
If I could meet anyone, it would be: Adam Levine
Sport/Position I always wanted to try: Rugby
When I am not playing my sport, you can find me: in the library (unfortunately)
One thing you can't live without: coffee and gum
My dream job: nutritionist
If I had a million dollars, I would: travel the world
If I could have any pet, I would have: golden lab
My dream car: Diamond Lamborghini
Future Plans: Go to graduate school and live on the East coast doing something in the field of Health and Nutrition