Ashley Ladd is a sophomore tri-captain on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif., specializes in the sprint freestyle events. She is majoring in kinesiology.
As San Jose State prepares to open the new season with a dual meet at perennial powerhouse Stanford on Friday, October 3, we asked Ashley to spend a few minutes with SJSUSpartans.com for this first edition of our occasional website mini-feature, Swimming & Diving Q&A.
1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists? What’s currently on your iPod?
I have every kind of music on my iPod, but my favorites are The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship and of course, Eminem.
2. Any favorite movies or television shows?
I have a ton of favorite movies. As for shows, I watch Lost, Greek and General Hospital!
3. What top swimmers do you admire? Was there anybody in particular that you were rooting for in Beijing?
I was definitely rooting for Ryan Lochte! I was very excited when he won the 200 back. I love Aaron Peirsol, too, so I was excited for him. And Dara Torres is just amazing...
4. What are some of your favorite foods?
I just love food. Tacos are definitely up there though.
5. What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you are out of the water?
I love going to the beach in Orange County, going to Disneyland with Linzy Warkentin, and just hanging out with my friends and boyfriend.
6. What did it mean to you to be named one of three team captains as just a sophomore?
It meant a lot knowing that my team trusted me to be one of the captains for this year. It’s nice to know that they had confidence in both Kirsten (Trammell) and me to help lead the team, even though we’re not upperclassmen.
7. What has it been like to have one of your closest friends from back home in Mission Viejo, Linzy Warkentin, here with you at San Jose State and on the swim team?
I love having someone here who I’ve been so close to for so long. If we had gone to different schools, I think we would have definitely drifted apart and it’s amazing that we can still say we are best friends. I’m really excited for her to be competing this year, too! It’s going to be very fun.
8. What do you hope to get out of your second Western Athletic Conference Championship experience next February as an individual?
I hope to make it back to swim at night (in an evening final). Last year, I didn’t get to swim in finals, so I am hoping this year I get a chance to.
9. As a captain, what are your goals and expectations for the Spartans as a team in this new season?
Well, one of my main goals was to have the team become closer than it has been in the past. I can already say that this was accomplished. All of the girls have already grown so close, and it’s exciting to think about how much closer we’re going to get as the season progresses. I also want us to be able to place higher, as a team, than we ever have at (the) WAC (Championship) in February. We’re all working harder than we ever have before, so we’ll see where we end up!
10. Talk a little bit about Friday’s season opener at Stanford and the challenge of going up against Olympians and All-Americans.
Friday is just going to be a fun experience. Yeah, there are Olympians and All-Americans on Stanford, but it just gives us an opportunity to swim with some of the greatest girls in swimming. We are just going to go out there, have fun racing and prepare for the WAC Shootout coming up next week.
2008-09 Swimming & Diving Q&A Guests
October 1 - Ashley Ladd, Sophomore