Getting To Know ... Nikki Walsh

Senior Nikki Walsh specializes in backstroke and fly for the Cougars. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Q: What or who is your inspiration?

A: My mom is such an inspiration to me. She has gone through a lot in her life and continues to accomplish more than what is on her plate.

Q: Something no one would guess about you is?

A: I love to play Lord of the Rings on Play Station 2

Q: What's your most extreme dream/goal?

A: I would love to be able to help children in another country learn to read, as well as become a friend whom they can love and trust. I would also like to adopt at least two children from another country.

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?

A: Coming to BYU and earning a degree, as well as competing in collegiate sports for four years.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Hopefully with a child, somewhere in the world.

Q: How'd you get started in swimming?

A: My mother swam for BYU as well. I grew up being coached by her all the way, she helped me to get here and she was the reason I began swimming.

Q: Why swimming?

A: My mother swam so she obviously wanted us to swim, but I am the only one who has really committed to it. My parents told me I was too uncoordinated in other sports to play them, so I stuck to swimming.

Q: How did you spend your off-season?

A: Working in Utah, swimming some and hanging out with my husband doing a lot of biking and camping.

Q: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?

A: I love to listen to some good pumpin' music with Tara's ipod. Black Eyed Peas are a must before a race.

Q: Do you have a good luck charm? If so, what is it?

A: My BYU swim cap, just looking at it makes me lucky.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I am in love with Harry Potter, not only the books, but the actual character as well. I love reading and I recently started to become addicted to cooking. Sleeping is one of the first things I think of though when I know I have some free time to spare.

Q: If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be?

A: Adam Brody, John Steinbeck and John Stockton

Q: Who has had the greatest influence on your swimming career?

A: My mom definitely

Q: What do you appreciate most about Coach Powers, Crump or Russell?

A: The fact that coach Crump really does know what he's talking about, I trust him completely.

Favorite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios and Apple Jacks

Hero: Oprah

One place you'd like to visit: Pyramids in Egypt

Favorite movie: Cinderella Man

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird, East of Eden and Uncle Tom's Cabin

Toughest part of swimming: The end of the year

Favorite Coach Crump quote: "The best player doesn't always make up the best team, but the best team always wins!"

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