Getting To Know ... Sandra Yocum

Sandra Yocum is a sophomore from Pleasant Grove, Utah. This is her second year swimming with the Cougars. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Q: What or who is your inspiration?

A: I really don't have an inspiration, I do however love to swim with people that are faster than me and I try to stay with them or try to pass them. SO I guess the person who is my inspiration is whoever is next to me.

Q: Something no one would guess about you is?

A: I love family history things like picture artifacts. I have a collection of afghans of four generations, and I have a family baby blanket from my grandma that is over 70-years old. Family is so awesome. Where would we be without them?

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

A: To be able to receive scholarship money from BYU swimming.

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

A: Making it on to the BYU swim team and making it past all the NCAA Clearing House stuff. Last year I had a lot of problems with the Clearing House. My high school changed names of courses and didn't get them approved. So it took me until Nov. to get my transcript changed and to get it all cleared up. It took about seven months to get it all cleared up.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Finished with school hopefully. Possibly starting a photo print business and starting a family. As for the location, that can range from Hong Kong to Texas.

Q: How'd you get started in swimming?

A: My mom was a swimmer, so she was always pushing me to do it and have fun with it. When I was in the fifth or sixth grade she decided she didn't want to push me in it anymore. So she gave me an alarm clock and said, "If you want to go to practice get yourself up and your ride." I have ever since.

Q: Why swimming?

A: Fun, different, keeps you in shape (better than anything I have found) and where else do you get to stare at a black line all day? (Yess)

Q: How did you spend your off-season?

A: I worked out with my old home team. I also coached one of the summer recreation teams for them. I also was able to sell a few pictures I took, and am in line to sell more.

Q: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?

A: Not really, don't do anything stupid, strenuous or that will make me tired. Usually the day before I watch a movie with my family, read or maybe even go for ice cream, depending on the meet.

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

A: I used to, then I thought it was silly. I used to put a penny in my cap with the year I was born.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Free time, haha! That's a good one. Homework, go to work (I scan pictures and print them for a friend), sometimes I will even take a nap. When I want to do something fun I go to dinner with my boyfriend, family or I play with legos or X-Box.

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

A:Dick Van Dike, Lucy Ball and Lenny Krazelburg

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

A: My mom and my coaches.

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

A: Crump: He always leaves his door open to talk to you and he doesn't give crap, he gets straight to the point and isn't soft about it at all. He also tries to get the team closer and get along without over-doing it.

Favorite cereal: Blueberry Morning, it's a type of grape nut cereal.

Hero:

One place you'd like to visit: Australia. It has always been my dream to go there. Go to the beach, try some of the shops and try out some of the culture. I just love to travel and see different cultures. I think to go anywhere would be fun (outside of Utah and Nevada that is).

Favorite movie: Dead Poets Society. It shows that one person can make a difference in other peoples' lives and shows you how to think differently.

Favorite book: The Little Prince and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Nickname: Miss Sandy, SLY, Sandy, nothing really extreme.

Toughest part of swimming: Getting up in the morning and driving there. I live at home so I have to drive 20-30 minutes every day to and from school. So the days it's cold and my car has ice on it are the worst.

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