20 Questions With Jillene Golez

San Jose State University swimmer Jillene Golez is one of five seniors on the 2007-08 roster, and one of just three fourth-year members of the team. The native of Antioch, Calif., and graduate of Deer Valley High School finished ninth at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship in the 200 butterfly, winning the consolation final on the meet’s last night, and 11th in the 100 butterfly, for 15 total points.

Golez, a communication studies major with a minor in business, plans to graduate after the fall semester in 2008. She ranks sixth all-time at San Jose State in the 200 butterfly (2:05.92) and ninth in the 100 butterfly (57.92). She took time out from her busy school, practice and work schedule before traveling with the team to Boise, Idaho, this Friday, October 19, for a pair of meets this weekend, to answer 20 Questions for SJSUSpartans.com.

1. What is one word that can be used to describe yourself?

Versatile. I can do a lot of things at one time. I have a lot on my plate, but I take care of it.

2. Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions?

I like to listen to my iPod, and I always have to have my pink Speedo Vanquisher goggles. They have to be pink.

3. What are you currently listening to? What is the last song you downloaded?

The last song I downloaded was Nelly Furtado’s Do It,’ but I always listen to Madonna’s Into The Groove’ before a meet, or Jay-Z, depending on who we are swimming against and how pumped up I need to be.

4. Who are some of your favorite bands or musicians and what are some of your favorite movies?

Jay-Z is my favorite and I also like Mariah Carey. A couple of my favorite movies are The Sweetest Thing and I Heart Huckabees.

5. Who are some of your favorite sports heroes? Any pro teams that you root for?

Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors. My boyfriend, Mitch, is a huge Warrior fan and always watches, so I am too. We got to last year’s student-athlete formal late because we were watching the game (Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals against Dallas).

6. What are some of your favorite foods?

I like fettucine alfredo, and sushi, like california rolls.

7. What is your favorite San Jose State team other than your own?

The football team.

8. What is your favorite class at San Jose State?

My favorite class was COMM 161, which was Communication and Culture. We learned about different cultures and how they communicated, and watched movies like Hotel Rwanda.

9. What is your favorite thing about your sport?

My favorite thing about swimming is that it’s really hard. The difficulty level, and what it takes to keep on being in this sport. For instance, the hard practices when you get out of the water and you feel like you have given 100 percent, that’s what my favorite part is.

10. How do you believe being an athlete makes you a better person?

It helps me organize my life more. It provides me with time management skills. I know it takes hard work to accomplish things, and I don’t mind working hard, because we’re in sports, compared to regular college students who have a hard time making it to a 9:00 a.m. class. By 9:00 a.m., our day (as swimmers) is already almost half over.

11. Talk about some of the things a butterfly swimmer needs to do or have in order to be successful?

You have to have really good, strong hips. You have to have good hip motion, and strong legs and shoulders. Nobody else (other strokes) really uses their hips as much as us.

12. You go to school, swim, and work. Please walk us briefly through a day in your life.

On school’ days, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., I have practice. From 9:00 to 1:15, I go to school. From 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., I go to work (at an area swim shop), and then I do homework. On work’ days, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we have morning practice, then I work, and then we have afternoon practice (with weights, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.).

13. Who is the most impressive person that you know?

(Senior teammate) Nikki Chapman, because she has been through a lot, and has done it so gracefully and she never complains. She makes me want to work harder every day, because she makes me appreciate everything that I have, as an athlete and a best friend.

14. What are some of the things you like to do when you are away from swimming?

I like to sleep, and shop, and hang out with my boyfriend, Mitch, and (best friend), Nikki.

15. What has been the favorite place you have visited out of town, and what would be your dream vacation spot?

My favorite place I have visited has been Las Vegas. I would like to some day go to Rwanda or elsewhere in Africa. I think it would be very enlightening.

16. What has been your most memorable moment in your sport?

Going to the (Western Athletic Conference Championship) my freshman year, and swimming alongside my other best friend, Brittany, in consolation finals of the 200 butterfly. I finished ninth and she was 10th.

17. What has been the highlight of your sports career?

The highlight of my sports career so far, is finally being a senior, and finally appreciating what it means to be a Division I Spartan swimmer.

18. What are your plans for after graduation?

I would like to pursue a career in public relations for a large corporation.

19. What are some of your individual goals and expectations from this season in general and the 2008 WAC Championship in particular?

My individual goal is to place in the top eight in both the 100 and the 200 butterfly at the WAC Championship, and swim my best times in both events. During the regular season, I would like to constantly improve my times in each dual meet.

20. What are some of your team goals and expectations from this season in general and the 2008 WAC Championship in particular?

I want to beat Idaho. We have such a big freshman class. I would like all the freshmen and all of our classes in general, to mesh well together, and for the freshmen to understand the perspectives of being a Division I swimmer. At the WAC Championship, I would like all of us girls to swim our best times and place in the top three as a team.

This week’s 20 Questions was brought to you by The Grill On The Alley.

Past 2007-08 20 Questions

August 22 - Colleen Burke, Women's Volleyball
September 12 - Nick Cukar, Men's Soccer
September 26 - Amber Silverstone, Women's Tennis
October 17 - Jillene Golez, Women's Swimming