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Where Are They Now? Christy Panter

Former Aztec Christy Panter Propsta talks to
Former Aztec Christy Panter Propsta talks to

Nov. 29, 2007

SAN DIEGO - In celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, will be catching up with former Aztecs to see where life has taken them after graduation. Christy Propstra Panter, a four-year letterwinner on the women's tennis team, has shared her experiences as a collegiate athlete and the successes she has achieved in life.

Christy was a valuable part of the Aztec tennis team, helping them to a top 20 ranking in 1993. Throughout her career, she recorded 46 singles victories and 37 doubles victories, while playing the No. 1 singles position during her junior and senior year. She was also a two-time all-conference performer and earned academic all-conference recognition for two seasons. After graduating from SDSU, she earned her master's degree at the University of San Francisco in family therapy, specializing in sports psychology. She was the co-author of the sports psychology workbook, Mind Gym, and worked as a counselor and therapist at San Diego Children's Hospital. In 2003 she became the assistant women's tennis coach at SDSU. After two years, she left the Aztec program to focus more on her family and continue in sports psychology counseling.

What made you choose to go to San Diego State?
I came to SDSU because of the coaching staff and the team.

What did it mean for you to be a part of the San Diego State athletic community?
Being an Aztec gave me a community and a home away from home.

Have you continued your sport after college?
Yes, I love to play in open events when I have the chance.

What is your favorite part about your job?
I love teaching others that the mind is the most powerful tool we have.

What in your life makes you the most proud?
My family, my sport and my career.

Do you feel that being an SDSU athlete contributed to your success in life?
Yes, being an athlete taught me how to be a part of a team.

How do you feel about being an SDSU alumni?
I love it and love to give back to SDSU.

What is your best memory from SDSU athletics?
There are too many great memories to pick just one, but if I have to choose I would say when we made it to nationals and my coaches trusted in my game enough to put me in at the match against University of Florida when I was just a freshman. I won my match which makes the memory even sweeter!

Do you keep in contact with you former teammates?
I still keep in touch with most of them, as well as my coaches and the players that I coached while at SDSU.

Anything interesting you would like to share about your life?
I just gave birth to twin daughters!