Q&A With Julia Koch

Julia Koch is a sophomore on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The native of San Diego, Calif., almost exclusively swims the freestyle events, with the 200-yard distance her specialty. She ranks fifth all-time in the Spartan record book in both the 200 and 500.

Julia is a one-time Western Athletic Conference gold medalist in the 400 free relay and a three-time All-WAC honoree who has not declared her major yet. She is our latest guest for our occasional website mini-feature, Swimming & Diving Q&A.

San Jose State, at 14-1 and on an incredible 14-meet win streak, hosts two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Nevada this Saturday, January 31, at The Aquatics Center. The start time has been moved from 1:00 p.m. to an earlier 11:00 a.m.

1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists? What’s the current ringtone on your cell?
My favorite musical artists are Chris Brown, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift. My current ringtone is Forever, by Chris Brown.

2. Do you have any favorite movies or television shows?
My favorite movie is Wedding Crashers, and I don’t really watch much TV.

3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area?
I love Mexican food. Breakfast and bean and cheese burritos are my favorites. My favorite restaurant is BJ’s.

4. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
My favorite place I have visited would be Hawaii, because I really liked swimming with the tropical fish. I really would like to go to Greece some day in the near future. After I saw The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, it became my dream vacation spot.

5. If you could fill one person’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why?
If I could fill one person’s shoes, it would be Oprah Winfrey. She is a very good role model to many, and I think what she does is very inspirational.

6. If you could be on any reality television show, which one would it be?
I would want to be on American Idol. I think that show would be a lot of fun, because I wish I could sing and I love performing in front of people.

7. What made you come up to San Jose State University from San Diego?
When I came on my recruiting trip, I fell in love with the team and the campus. I was looking to leave the San Diego area, because I wanted to go away for college, and the Bay Area definitely sparked my interest.

8. You guys take a 14-1 dual record and a 14-meet win streak into a critical test at home against the two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Nevada Wolf Pack this Saturday. Talk about that much-anticipated showdown a little bit.
This weekend’s meet is going to be both crazy and exciting. I am very much looking forward to my races, and hoping to contribute to the team’s success. Whatever the outcome of the meet, I am very proud to be a part of the Spartan swim team this year, and I think we have had some outstanding moments as a group.

9. Take us back to last February and talk about your first WAC Championship. You really stepped up and had a big meet, providing 32 individual points and aiding in 68 relay points.
Last year’s WAC Championship was very nerve-racking for me. I didn’t want to let my team down, and knew I needed to perform to the best of my ability. I had the time of my life, and I am counting down the days until we are back in San Antonio, Texas, doing it all again.

10. Regardless of this Saturday’s outcome, the Spartans will head into the 2009 WAC Championship next month with high expectations and one single goal in mind. What do you expect out of yourself and your team at that event?
The 2009 WAC Championship next month is going to be a very good meet. I can’t wait to see how our team performs, because I know we are going to do amazing things. I don’t really have many specific expectations for myself, or the team. I just want everyone to swim their hearts out and have a lot of fun. I want everyone to support one another and truly be the closest team on the pool deck.

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

January 13 - Beste Erener, Senior

January 15 - Kristin Yamaguchi, Freshman

January 21 - Linzy Warkentin, Redshirt Freshman

January 27 - Julia Koch, Sophomore