Q&A With Julie Wynn

Julie Wynn is a sophomore on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. A native of Topanga, Calif., she graduated in 2007 from Palisades Charter High School. Wynn specializes in the sprint freestyle events. She has not yet declared a major.

The red-hot Spartans are coming off a program-best second-place team finish at the annual Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., last Thursday through Saturday, November 20-22. They return to action one final time for the 2008 calendar year, on Saturday, December 6, hosting area rival Pacific at The Aquatics Center on campus at 3:00 p.m.

Julie 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?
My ultimate favorite music artist would have to be Sublime. They have been my favorite my entire life, and you can just never get sick of them. My current ringtone on my cell phone right now is Dig by Incubus. They are also an amazing band!

2. Any favorite movies or television shows?
I don’t really watch too many movies or TV shows, but when I do, America’s Next Top Model is probably my favorite TV show.

3. What are some of your favorite foods?
My favorite foods would be any kind of fruit. Weird, I know. I also really like coffee ice cream!

4. You are one of nine members of this year’s team from Southern California. What made you leave Los Angeles County and come to San Jose State?
I actually wasn’t even considering going to San Jose State until after my recruiting trip. Before I came on a recruiting trip, I was planning on going to UC Santa Cruz, but after I saw how much fun this team was, and how well they got along, it made me want to be a part of a team like that. I also really liked the swim program and coach (Sage).

5. Talk about how you feel you have developed between your freshman and sophomore seasons of college swimming. What are you most trying to improve on still?
From my freshman to sophomore year, I feel like I have actually become a “real” swimmer, because before I got to college, I was never really pushed hard enough, or past what I thought I could do. I have realized since I have been here, that what you “think” you can do and what your body can “really” take, is completely different. I think this is what has made me such a faster and stronger swimmer.

I am doing things in practice that two years ago, I would never even think could be possible. Just last week at Nike Cup, one of my best friends was there, and watching my 100-yard freestyle, he said, “Julie you actually look like a real swimmer now, like it would be hard for me to pick you out in a race and say that’s Julie, whereas before it was so easy to tell which one was you because you looked like a mess.” I am always going to be trying to improve on pushing myself past what I think I can do, because that is what makes you swim faster.

6. What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession would probably be an article in the Los Angeles Times, talking about how my friend and I organized a club at our school to help keep our oceans clean and enforce restaurants to convert to biodegradable cups, because when it got as far as being in the Los Angeles Times, that actually meant that we were making a difference.

7. What is your favorite place you have visited? Is there a place in particular you would like to go some day?
My favorite place I have visited, I would have to say would be between Hawaii and Jamaica. I love traveling. There are so many places I would like to go. The top places would be Brazil and New Zealand.

8. If you could be on any reality television show, which one would it be and why?
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would have to be America’s Next Top Model, but I wouldn’t want to be one of the models. I would want to be either the costume designer, or photographer. I would want to be on that show because the fashion business is something I am strongly interested in, and I hope to work in that field in the future.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be?
If I could have dinner with any three people in history, they would have to be Duke Kahanamoku, Bob Marley and Sarah Gerhardt.

10. You have an interest and a background in surfing. Talk about that a little bit.
Well, my whole mom’s side of the family was brought up on the beach, and most of them were raised learning how to surf at a very early age due to my grandpa (professional surfing pioneer Cal Porter). This tradition has been carried on through the family, and I would have to say my grandpa has gotten every grandchild hooked on the sport. I learned how to surf probably at the age of 10, and ever since then have fallen in love with surfing. It is by far my favorite thing to do when I am back at home.

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