The double life of Cortney Collyer is in its final days.
Monday's sunrise will, in fact, bring an end to the ambiguity that now resonates between her girl-next-door appearance and the single-minded ruthlessness of her championship soul.
When the last droplet of chlorine-saturated pool water is toweled off following a historic weekend she and her UC Irvine women's water polo teammates will experience in Ann Arbor, Mich. Collyer will return to school, finish work toward her business economics degree and look for real-world venues in which to make a splash.
"Yeah, it scares me," Collyer, UCI's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, said of the oncoming closure of an athletic existence that has both inspired and confounded those who have encountered the polite, demure, quintessentially Californian student-athlete away from the pool.
But just add water and Collyer becomes a swirling, surging liquid force that is usually lethal to the hopes of Anteaters' opponents.