Q&A With Ashley Krisman

Ashley Krisman is a sophomore on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The native of Wildomar, Calif., swims the distance and middle-distance freestyle events. She ranks ninth all-time in the Spartan record book in the 1650 freestyle.

A kinesiology major, Ashley 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 on 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?
Some of my favorite musical artists are Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift.

2. Do you have any favorite movies or television shows?
My favorite movies are Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Just like Heaven and Mulan. The television show I enjoy the most is The O.C., and especially watching it with my old roommate, Ashley Ladd.

3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area?
I really just enjoy any type of food. One of my favorite restaurants by far would probably have to be Chili’s, because it is just a place that my teammates and I always go to, and it just brings back good memories.

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 so far is Chicago, because I loved the city life, and just the fast pace of the city. There is no special place, but I would really just like to travel in the future.

5. So what’s Wildomar, Calif., like?
It’s a very small town in Southern California, between San Diego and Riverside. There’s not too much to do in the town, but it’s close to the beach and the mountains, which is why I have loved living there.

6. What made you come up to San Jose State University?
I loved the city environment, coming from such a rural town. The teachers, coaches and students all seemed supportive of the athletes.

7. How tough is it to swim the 1650 freestyle event? Be honest.
The 1650 isn’t that bad for me, because I’m a second-half swimmer. It gives me time to warm up, unlike the 100 and 200 free, which I feel are way harder because they are over before you know it, and sprinting is just not my speciality.

8. Your younger sister, Tanya, is a standout freshman at USC who participated in Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., this past summer. Were you two competitive growing up? What do you think about her development?
We honestly weren’t as competitive as you would think. We have always supported each other, and never really competed against one another. I’m so happy for her, because I know how much she loves the sport, and how hard she works. She for sure deserves everything she has accomplished for the reasons that she gave up her social life for her love of swimming.

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. What has their presence meant to you during your first two years of college swimming?
The seniors are all unique individuals that are truly going to be missed. They each bring something special every day to practice, and for sure have helped me through the past two years. Meets and practices won’t be the same without them, and I just want to thank them for everything they have done.

10. The 2009 WAC Championship is less than three weeks away. Talk about that meet a little bit, and what you hope to accomplish there both individually and as a team.
Last year, WAC was so much fun. I’ve never been so psyched to be at a meet, ever before. The energy was 10 times more intense because of being in the indoor pool. This year, besides improving in my events individually, I hope the team will be just as excited as last year. We have so much potential to win this year, which makes me so much more excited.

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

February 6 - Ashley Krisman, Sophomore