Q&A With Lauren Mar

Lauren Mar is one of four fourth-year seniors on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The San Franciscan out of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep swims the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. She ranks in the top eight all-time at San Jose State in five separate events, including second in the 50 free and 100 free.

Lauren is currently in San Antonio, Texas, with her teammates and coaches, for presumably her final meet as a Spartan, the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship. She has scored more individual points at WAC Championship meets in her career, than any other swimmer in program history, at 103.5. Lauren enters the 2009 installment as the top seed in the 100 free, and the number-two seed behind sophomore teammate Meghan McCurley in the 50 free. As a member of two school-record relays, she will also factor heavily in the relay events in Texas.

Coming off a benchmark regular season in which it went 16-1 in dual meets and posted a program-best runner-up finish at the annual UCI/Nike Cup, San Jose State aims for a top-three finish, at minimum, at the 2009 WAC Championship, which begins on Wednesday night, February 25, and continues through Saturday, February 28.

A business administration major with a concentration in marketing, Lauren 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?
I like all types of music, from Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, to Too Short and Young Jeezy. My current ringtone is Got Money, by Lil Wayne, but I haven’t updated it in a while.

2. Do you have any favorite movies or television shows?
Some of my favorites are Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Transformers, The Devil Wears Prada, the Ocean’s series, Pretty Woman, and the Rocky series. I watch House, CSI, Run’s House, Ace of Cakes, or whatever is on at the time.

3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area?
One of my favorite foods is pasta. It’s simple, but I love it. One of my all-time favorites is The Cheesecake Factory, and a local one would be The Grill.

4. If you weren’t a swimmer, what other sport might you have wanted to try?
Well, I’ve done a lot of other sports growing up, such as basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer. If I were to try another sport, I would give boxing a shot, even though I’m petite.

5. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
I love Hawaii. I’ve been there twice and I want to go back! I would like to go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef before it dies out in Australia. Hopefully, I can also go to the Caribbean and travel around Europe.

6. Having grown up in San Francisco, what is your favorite part of the City?
I can’t just pick a part of the city, because every part offers something different. My favorite residential areas are Pacific Heights and St. Francis Wood. The Mission and North Beach have good, hidden places to eat. I practiced right off of Haight Street, which was nice because my teammates and I would walk around the area before or after practices. Since I went to school downtown, I spent time there with my friends after school. I loved the vibe of the rush and people in the financial district.

7. If you could fill one person’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why?
It would probably be Michelle Obama. She is a strong, intelligent and motivating woman who has come so far as a minority and it would be amazing to be in her shoes for a day.

8. You have scored more WAC Championship individual points than any Spartan swimmer in program history, at 103.5 through three appearances. What does that mean to you?
To me, it shows that the hard work and training the past four years have been rewarding and a blessing. I hope to increase that number following (this) week at WAC.

9. You earned your second WAC Swimmer of the Week honor of the season and third of your career on Monday, February 9, after one final stellar home meet against Fresno State. Any thoughts on the award?
I am very honored with this award. I am having one of my best years, and am proud that it is with my team finishing with our best record of 16-1.

10. The 2009 WAC Championship is upon us. Talk about that meet a little bit, and what you hope to accomplish there both individually and as a team.
Conference this year is going to be intense, going into the meet ranked first, knowing that there are four other teams right on our tail. It’s going to be quick, loud and memorable. I’m stoked for WAC, because I know that we will be swimming fast. I would like to hit my goal times individually, and see our team place higher than we have in the past three years (fourth).

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

February 24 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman

February 24 - Lauren Mar, Senior