Megan Mills is one of six true freshmen on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The native of Redlands, Calif., swims the middle-distance and distance freestyle events. She is majoring in journalism.
Although classes don’t start for the spring semester until later this month, the Spartan swimmers and divers are back in training as the current season continues. Megan is our latest guest for our occasional website mini-feature, Swimming & Diving Q&A.
1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists? What's the current ringtone on your cell?
Some of my favorites would definitely be Tom Petty, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and of course, Britney Spears. My current ringtone is “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf.
2. Any favorite movies or television shows? Did you see any movies during the holidays?
My all-time favorite movies would be The Replacements, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Jumanji. My favorite television shows are Sex and the City, Family Guy and I Love Lucy. I saw Seven Pounds over break and it was probably the most depressing movie I have ever seen.
3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area?
My favorite food is turkey sandwiches. Most of the team knows that. And mashed potatoes. A favorite restaurant would be La Vic’s for breakfast burritos, and Pizza My Heart. I love the free ranch.
4. How did you spend the holiday season?
I was with my family almost all of the time. It was so nice to be home and see my brother (Casey), who I don’t get to see very often. Just being at home during the holidays as a freshman is the best thing ever, and then you’re ready to come back!
5. Any great holiday gifts you gave or received this year?
I got a digital camera. I was so excited because I would always bug the girls to take pictures, and now I can take my own.
6. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
My absolute favorite place I’ve visited is the island of Capri in Europe (Italy). I would love to go to Australia some time in the future.
7. How do you feel you have adjusted from high school and club swimming, to Division I college swimming? How much of a change is it?
The adjustment felt like it happened at the right time. I was so anxious to swim for San Jose State, to move forward with my swimming career and see how much I can accomplish while I’m here. The biggest change from high school to college would be the team aspect. You’re not just swimming for yourself at this point. You’re swimming for the entire team.
8. Away from the pool, how did you like your first semester of college life?
I LOVED first semester. My classes were all really interesting, and I can’t wait for second semester to start. Being away from home and learning to grow on your own is an amazing transition.
9. You won an event during a dual meet for the first time as a collegiate swimmer last Saturday, finishing first in the 500 freestyle at Cal State Bakersfield. Talk about that race and how it felt to win.
Winning the 500 was so exciting at Bakersfield. The race went extremely well all the way through. I was so happy to score points for the team in the best way I could.
10. San Jose State is 10-1 and on a 10-meet win streak. The Spartans next face UC Davis and Fresno State in a double dual on Saturday, January 10, in Davis. Fresno State is a traditional rival and nobody on this team has beaten UC Davis. Talk about the upcoming meet a little bit.
As a freshman, everything is a first for me this season. All of the dual meets are so intense, because we want to continue this winning streak. UC Davis will be a great meet to watch!
2008-09 Swimming & Diving Q&A Guests
October 1 - Ashley Ladd, Sophomore
October 8 - Kirsten Trammell, Sophomore
October 30 - Rudie Guerrero, Sophomore
November 5 - Tomi Petty, Freshman
November 27 - Julie Wynn, Sophomore
December 5 - Daphne Yeung, Sophomore
December 13 - Hannah Tringham, Junior
January 7 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
January 8 - Megan Mills, Freshman