Q&A With Daphne Yeung

Daphne Yeung is a sophomore on the 2008-09 San Jose State swimming and diving team. A native of South San Francisco, Calif., she graduated in 2007 from South San Francisco High School. Daphne specializes in the sprint freestyle events. She is a civil engineering major.

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

Daphne 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?
A lot of my favorite music comes from Weezer, Blink-182, Ratatat, OK Go, and Jimmy Eat World. My current ringtone is DARE by the Gorillaz.

2. Any favorite movies or television shows? Can you think of a favorite holiday movie?
My favorite movie is a tie between Fight Club and Donnie Darko. I’m absolutely in love with the television show, Friends, because I’m jealous that six people get to live with their best friends in New York City. My favorite holiday movie has to be Elf, hands down. Cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

3. What are some of your favorite foods? Do you have a favorite pre-meet meal or a favorite restaurant in the area?
Besides my mom’s home-cooked meals, my favorite food has to be pasta with marinara sauce, probably more than ever now because that’s all I can really cook. I don’t really have a favorite pre-meet meal, but I always eat a chocolate mint Clif Bar, because they are so good. My favorite restaurant around this area has to be The Cheesecake Factory.

4. How was your Thanksgiving? Any special holiday plans later this month?
My Thanksgiving was awesome. It was really nice being back home and spending the time with my family and some old friends. I don’t really have any special holiday plans this month. I’m just excited to be back home for Winter Break.

5. You’re part of a large, standout class of sophomores on the squad. 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?
I think I’ve developed into a better team player more than anything. College swimming is so different from club swimming back home. College swimming is so team-based. It makes waking up and going to practices so much easier. I realized that I probably could not have made it through any of the practices without this team. There’s no better feeling than to be encouraged to push harder in practices by your own teammates. I’m still trying to improve on my on-going battle of putting less pressure on myself.

6. What is your most prized possession?
My family, who have always been there for me, and my best friends, because they’re so hard to find.

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 that I have visited is a tie between London and Hong Kong. Some day, I would definitely love to visit Rome.

8. If you could be on any reality television show, which one would it be and why?
Oddly enough, I want to be on The Next Iron Chef. I’m not a cook at all, but I think it’s so interesting to watch what ideas people could think of with the food that they’re not chosen to use. Plus, I think Mark Alan Dacascos is hilarious.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be?
James Dean, Heath Ledger, and my grandfather, who I never got to meet.

10. You guys have one last meet for 2008, at home this Saturday against Pacific. Talk a little bit about what you remember from what was a very exciting finish at their place last year, and this Saturday’s match-up.
Last year’s meet was amazing from start to finish. I remember that day being almost the coldest weather I’ve ever swam in, and how pumped up we were for every event, especially the close last 200 free relay. I think this Saturday will be an exciting meet. There will be a lot of close races, but as Spartans, I think we perform well under pressure.

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
December 5 - Daphne Yeung, Sophomore