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  Lydia Willemse
Lydia Willemse

Hometown:
Forest, Ontario

High School:
St. Christopher

Position:
Student Assistant Coach

Birthdate:
04/26/1986

Experience:
1st Season


Stepping into her first coaching role is undergraduate assistant coach Lydia Willemse. Not a stranger to the Seminole family, Willemse joins the coaching staff with a long list of accolades extending throughout her years at Florida State where she excelled in both academics and athletics.

A native from Forest, Ontario, Willemse was a leader on both the cross country and track team as she was the captain for both squads her senior year. While at FSU, the Seminole racked up numerous athletic accolades such as NCAA All-South Region, All-East Region, All-ACC Track and All-ACC Cross country honors each year of competing. Her junior year in 2007 was one of her most successful seasons as a student as Willemse was named to the USTFCCCA Division I Women's All-Academic Track and Field Team and All-Academic Cross Country Team. However, 2006 was the year Willemse really impressed the ACC as the conference named her the ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year.

Willemse senior year in track was noted as a record breaking year. The Seminole set a new personal record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:05 that broke FSU's record book and not sits as the second-fastest time in school history. Not done dominating yet, Willemse went on to shatter her previous personal record in the 2000m steeplechase with a new-best time of 6:33.28 that broke the Canadian record set in 2007 by Danielle Woods (6:36.05).

Willemse is currently in her last year as a double major in chemistry and biology.

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