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Q&A with Chrissie Younggren

February 20, 2012
Student-Athlete Name: Chrissie Younggren
School: The College of Idaho
Year in school: Junior
Major: Biology
Sport: Swimming

1. What is one thing you didn’t know as a freshman coming into college that you wish someone would have told you?

That college will be the most stressful, busy, and fun experience you’ll be placed into. You can start anew, so make decisions that reflect who you are and want to be.

2. What do you like most about competing in college sports?

Everyone competing in college is dedicated and skilled in the sport, so not only are you competing against highly trained athletes but you’re learning from them as well.

3. What do you like in your teammates?

They all work really hard. Sometimes there’s a lot of complaining but it’s all for fun, because in the end when their told a set they will give it their all.

4. What do you like most about your college team?

It’s a very diverse group of students, and I probably wouldn’t have met some of them if it weren’t for swimming. They’re all very supportive in and out of the pool.

5. Do you have a mentor? If so, who and what is the best piece of advice he/she has ever given you?

Not really.

6. What is a unique strength you bring to your team?

I think I’m good at pushing my team, mostly by leading through example.

7. What is one thing you do in practice that helps you reach your goals?

When I’m given a time and pace to hold, I keep that pace. Whatever is asked of me, I try my hardest. I’m a big competitor, so it’s a big motivation to work hard.

8. How do you get focused/pumped up before a big meet?

Before each race I think about how I’m going to swim it, what kind of time I want to get, and the reason I want to do well.

9. What are your plans after graduation? Do you feel that being a student-athlete has helped guide you in that direction?

After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending veterinary school. Being a student-athlete has not guided me in that direction, but it has given me many skills that have helped me succeed thus far.

10. What has been the greatest moment in your college sports career?

Making Nationals all three years so far has been incredible, but every time I improve in a race I still get excited. Working hard each day to meet a goal at the next meet is rough, but when you get the time you want it makes it all worth it.

11. Talk a little about your character. What skill sets have you learned by competing in college sports?

Being a student-athlete requires you to use your time efficiently, to be organized, and to be self motivated. The only person you can hold responsible for your performance in the pool or in the classroom is yourself.

12. How will that help you later in your future career or in a leadership role?

My future career will use all the character traits I have gained being on the C of I swim team.