Q&A With Tomi Petty

Tomi Petty is a freshman on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. A native of Carmichael, Calif., she graduated in 2008 from Rio Americano High School. Petty specializes in the backstroke and freestyle events. She is majoring in journalism, with a focus on magazine production.

The Spartans, off to an impressive 8-1 start to the dual season, are idle from competition for 18 days, leading up to the annual Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., November 20-22. Tomi is 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 the current ringtone on your cell?
Minus the Bear and the Arctic Monkeys are two of my favorites. I have an iPhone, so I have a lot of ringtones, but my main one is Take It To Da House by Trick Daddy.

2. Any favorite movies or television shows?
Edward Scissorhands and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!

3. What are some of your favorite foods?
I love Mexican food.

4. You are a native of Carmichael, Calif., and Coach Hopkins was quoted as saying that you were at the “top of the list” for recruiting for this season. What made you ultimately decide to attend San Jose State? Talk about joining a growing list of Sacramento-area members of this program, beginning of course with Brie Marhenke the past three years, and now with yourself, Meghan McCurley and Jessica Holden on the squad.
Two of the main reasons I chose San Jose State, was because of its journalism program and location. When I came to San Jose on my recruiting trip, I was thrilled to find out that it had an amazing swim team as well as good academic standing. It’s nice being able to relate to some of the other girls from Sacramento, and I don’t need to worry about getting a ride home.

5. Talk about how you feel you have adapted from high school and club swimming, to Division I college swimming. How different is it at this level?
Club swimming and college swimming are completely different. In club swimming, it’s normal to pound out 8-10,000 yards in a practice. In college, the amount we swim is less, so you always have to be prepared to swim fast.

6. What is your most prized possession?
My friends and family.

7. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
Washington, because it rains and snows, and Fort Bragg (Calif.), because I love the ocean and it’s beautiful up there. I really want to visit Europe after I graduate.

8. Who are some of your top sports heroes? Are there any professional sports that you follow or teams that you are a fan of?
I don’t really have any sports heroes or follow professional sports.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be?
Heath Ledger, Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.) and James Dean.

10. If you could fill any person’s shoes for one day, who would it be and why?
My mother’s. She works harder than anyone I know, and I think spending a day in her shoes would teach me a lot.

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