Q&A With Kirsten Trammell

Kirsten Trammell, like last week’s Q&A guest, Ashley Ladd, is a sophomore tri-captain on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. Of the 25 swimmers and divers on this year’s Spartan roster, she is one of just six that do not hail from the state of California, coming to San Jose from Goodyear, Ariz., and Xavier College Prep. Trammell specializes in the breaststroke and individual medley events. She is majoring in nutritional science.

As San Jose State readies to travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for the inaugural WAC Shootout, we asked Kirsten to be our guest this week for 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 love music, and my favorite band is blink-182. I also like Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate, and Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac. He is such a great guitarist. At the moment, definitely Jack’s Mannequin’s new album and Cartel are on the top of my playlist.

2. Any favorite movies or television shows?
My favorite movies are anything with Will Ferrell, like Old School and Wedding Crashers. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is pretty good, too. For TV shows, Lost and Heroes are definitely my favorites.

3. What are some of your favorite foods?
My weaknesses are ice cream and peanut M&M’s, but I love fruit and veggies. Cooking at home with all my roommates is always fun and interesting.

4. What made you come to San Jose State University from Arizona?
Well, I always wanted to go to school out of state, and California seemed like a good place to go (it’s not too cold here, sort of). And when I came on my recruiting trip, I really liked the team and Coach Sage Hopkins. My cousin Katie also lives nearby in Campbell, so it’s great to have a relative close to me. Being out of state was hard at times (last year), but I have definitely adjusted.

5. What did it mean to you to be named one of three team captains as just a sophomore?
I was really shocked and definitely a little apprehensive about it at first. I thought that only seniors could be captains, so the thought never even really crossed my mind. I am very honored that the team would want me to be one of the captains, and now I am just trying to do the best job that I can.

6. Talk a little bit about leading the Spartans into the first WAC Shootout later this week. This will be a big early-season test for you and your teammates.
It is going to be great to get some good racing and competition in early in the season. We have been training very well. The team has been doing sets that we barely did at the end of last season, now, so it is a great sign for what is to come. We are all getting excited to travel and just make sure our nerves don’t get to us when we step up on the block. The more fun we can all have with each other, the better we will swim.

7. What is your top memory from what was a standout freshman season of college swimming for yourself? Did your first WAC Championship exceed your expectations?
My top memory of last year, swimming-wise, would be a tie between my 200 breaststroke at Nike Cup (placing fourth and coming just .45 seconds shy of matching the school record), which was such a shocker race for myself, or my 400 individual medley at the WAC Championship (finishing third for a bronze medal). I was so nervous for that race, but once I dove into the water, it was great. I absolutely loved every moment of WAC, whether it was the wake-up swims, team dinners, racing, cheering for teammates or listening to my roommate snore all night, it was all a great experience and I am excited to do it all over again this year.

8. What do you hope to get out of your second WAC Championship experience in February?
I am hoping to do as well as I did last year, and better. I just want to have a fun, exciting meet and race well. I am not really focusing on times or places, just enjoying being with the team and being in a great environment for all of us to do amazing.

9. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
Well, this is a tough one. I would have to say that going to UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Oman with my family was probably one of my favorite places. It is beautiful in such a different way than other countries. Also this past summer, I went to Greece and that was beyond incredible. The oceans, people, islands, food, it was all amazing! I want to go to all seven continents. Well, maybe not Antarctica, so Australia and somewhere in South America. I am thinking Chile or Brazil.

10. What is your favorite place in San Jose? What types of things do you enjoy doing when you are not in the water?
My favorite place in San Jose is my house, The 354! When I am not swimming, I greatly enjoy, well, making food and eating it! I love music, and I spend too much time getting new music, reading music magazines (Rolling Stone and Alternative Press). Also, I play the piano, but sadly up here in San Jose, I don’t have one, so that is on hold.

2008-09 Swimming & Diving Q&A Guests
October 1 - Ashley Ladd, Sophomore
October 8 - Kirsten Trammell, Sophomore