Q&A With Caitlin Macky

Caitlin Macky is a sophomore on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The native of San Diego, Calif., swims the breaststroke, individual medley and butterfly events. The two-time Western Athletic Conference bronze medalist and four-time second-team All-WAC competitor ranks in the top seven all-time in the Spartan record book in five events, including second behind fellow sophomore Kirsten Trammell in the 200 breaststroke.

Caitlin, an Academic All-WAC honoree and San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete who has not declared her major yet, is our latest guest for our occasional website mini-feature, Swimming & Diving Q&A.

San Jose State is 15-1 in duals and on a remarkable 15-meet win streak heading into its regular-season finale this Saturday, February 7, on Senior Day against Fresno State. The action gets under way at approximately 12:00 p.m. from The Aquatics Center.

1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists? What’s the current ringtone on your cell?
I love music! I’m more into alternative, but I’ll pretty much listen to anything if it sparks my interest. Some of my favorite bands include Motion City Soundtrack, Blink-182 (RIP) and more recently, MGMT. My ringtone is a little Obama jingle, just to show my excitement over our new president.

2. Do you have any favorite movies or television shows?
The Office and 24 are my big two. I watch those on a regular basis. As for movies, I have so many favorites, but The Lion King and Cruel Intentions are a couple of the ones on my top-10 list.

3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area?
I love Mexican food. Sadly though, no restaurants up here can do justice to the taco shops I have back home in San Diego. I find myself at House of Bagels a lot. The guy there knows my order when I walk in. It’s a bit embarrassing.

4. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
I traveled down to New Orleans about two years ago, and I absolutely loved it. The food, the culture, and the people were all so amazing. I would really love to go to Spain one day.

5. How and when did you first get started in swimming?
Well, I pretty much started taking swim lessons when I was a fetus. I did one of those mommy and me classes. But my competitive swimming didn’t really start until around age eight.

6. You are one of the Spartans’ more versatile swimmers. What is your favorite stroke?
Breaststroke may seem like the obvious answer, but I love swimming other things as well. In fact, I used to be much better at butterfly, so it’s always fun when I get to swim a race or two of that in a meet.

7. If you could fill one person’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why?
This is tough, but if I could fill anyone’s shoes for a day, it would probably be Gandhi. I don’t want to sound all cheesy and say it’s because he was so great. It’s more because I would really like to know how he was treated by others, and to witness his lifestyle first-hand. I think then I would gain a much better understanding of how admirable his benevolent actions were. I just find him to be such a fascinating man already, that living his life for a day would be insane.

8. Is there one team that you would like to compete against during your college career?
Rutgers!!! My best friend is on that team, and since it’s all the way in New Jersey, we do not compete against them. It’s so weird not swimming with her every day, and it would be awesome to have a shared college swimming experience.

9. This Saturday against Fresno State is Senior Day, and you guys have four seniors who have been valuable members of this program over the past four years, including one in particular, Tarolyn Robertson, who you have been swimming with for quite some time going back to your San Diego and prep days. What has their presence meant to you?
Yes, this is definitely going to be a very emotional meet, it being the seniors’ last home meet and all. These girls are so fun to be around, and bring a lot of energy, spirit and talent to the team. I know we are going to miss them greatly. As for Tarolyn, it has been a long ride with that one. This is the third team we’ve shared, and it was really nice to have a familiar face around to remind me of the old days.

10. The 2009 WAC Championship is just over three weeks away. Talk about that meet a little bit, and what you hope to accomplish there both individually and as a team.
First of all, let me start by saying how excited I am for WAC this year. I’m so excited that I’m barely nervous, which is quite a big step for me. We have done so well as a team this year that I am confident that we are going to do phenomenally at WAC. As long as we keep up the dedication and spirit, I have no doubt that we will place in the top two this year. Individually, I just like to set simple goals of dropping time. I also just want to race. Racing at WAC is one of the most thrilling things I have ever experienced, and I’m just really looking forward to that aspect of the meet.

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

January 28 - Katey Nelson, Senior

January 29 - Jessica Holden, Freshman

February 4 - Caitlin Macky, Sophomore