Marisa DeWames is a freshman on the 2009-10 San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team. The freestyle specialist out of Thousand Oaks, Calif., plans to major in kinesiology. Marisa has the fastest time in the 200 free among Spartan swimmers this season, and second-fastest 50 free and 100 free marks behind junior teammate Meghan McCurley.
The Spartans travel to Stockton, Calif., for a dual meet against the University of the Pacific on Saturday, January 23. The swimming at Chris Kjeldsen Pool is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. Marisa is our latest guest for our occasional mini-feature, Swimming & Diving Q&A.
1. How did you like your first semester of college life?
I really enjoyed it. I met a lot of new people in the dorms and in my classes. It was really different being away from home.
2. What made you decide to come all the way up to San Jose State University from Southern California? Did you have other options as your college destination?
After narrowing it down to my top three, it was Texas A&M, San Diego State and San Jose State. Choosing a school was an extremely tough decision, but after my recruiting trip here, there was no competition. The team was just so kind and welcoming. It was a bond that I didn't see anywhere else. Also, it was far enough away for me to feel like I was getting a real college experience, but with the luxury of going home on the weekends if I wanted.
3. Athletically-speaking, how would you rate your adjustment thus far from high school and club swimming, to Division I college swimming?
In high school and club swimming, I was not held to the standard that I am now. If I missed a few practices in a row, no one would say anything. But here, it is a whole different story. It is a completely different level of competition and commitment. I feel like this newfound discipline keeps me in check, and helps me stay focused on goals in all aspects of my life.
4. What are some of your favorite musical artists or television shows?
I love all music. It really depends on my mood. My favorite movie is Center Stage, only because last summer, our cable went out when we were doing construction at my house, and my sister and I had nothing else to watch. We bonded over that.
5. What are some of your favorite foods? Is there anything in particular you try to have prior to competition?
I love pasta and bread. My favorite candy is red licorice. I love it! But before competition, I try to keep it light.
6. What are some of the things you like to do when you are out of the water?
I love to snowboard, wakeboard and going dirt bike riding with my family, pretty much anything outside. I love going on walks and hiking with my dog, Sammy.
7. What is the one place you would most like to visit some day?
I love animals, so I think going on an African safari would be amazing.
8. How did you spend your holidays?
I went back home for the holidays and just enjoyed the company of my family. We all went to my grandma's house on Christmas. It was a blast. It is never a dull moment when the whole group is together!
9. What are you looking forward to the most at your first WAC Championship?
I know it is going to be amazing. The adrenaline and excitement is going to bring out the best in everyone.
10. What are your team and individual goals for the WAC Championship?
I would love to have our team walk away with the WAC title, because I know how hard we have been working. I want to just score as many points as possible for my team, and better all of my current times.
2010 Swimming & Diving Q&A Guests
January 8 - Julia Craddock, Freshman
January 13 - Kiley Foster, Freshman
January 18 - Marisa DeWames, Freshman