Q & A: Brett Allen

All-American Brett Allen has been the fastest swimmer in the MWC over the past two seasons. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Brett Allen

Sr. 6-5, 190

Katy, TX

Toughest class you've taken at BYU?

Accounting 210

If you could play any other sport at BYU, what and why?

Football, though I would probably get broken in half because I am too thin. Mainly because they get all the money and the fame for training less than swimmers do; and, I could use a new X-box 360 (swimmer's only get a water bottle for being conference champions)!

Favorite place to go on the road?

The left lane - the fast lane. I really enjoy driving up in the mountains.

Favorite Restaurant in Provo:

Ottavio's Italian Restaurant on Center Street

What's your most extreme dream/goal?

Make the USA Olympic team

What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?

Serving a successful mission for the Lord so I could be paired with marrying my high school sweetheart in the temple.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Living/working in Texas with my family and 3 boys (that aren't born yet).

How'd you get started in swimming?

Summer league fun when I was 5

What do you do in your free time?

Watch "The Office" and play the board game "The Settler's of Catan"

Favorite Restaurant:

"Cici's Pizza" on Mason Rd. in Katy, TX.

If you could live some one else's life who would it be?

Spiderman. He's awesome!

Nickname:

Don't have one.

One place you'd like to visit:

Ireland

Who has had the greatest influence on your swimming career?

There have been two people, my sister Jenny who encouraged me to try out for my high school team when I wasn't sure I wanted to keep swimming. And, my wife Laurie, who has been a great source of motivation, without her encouragement I am sure that I would have missed many morning practices -- she's also part of the reason I came to BYU.

Favorite movie:

The 1985 Steven Spielberg classic "The Goonies."

Toughest part of swimming:

Getting out of my nice warm bed at 6am, driving in negative degree weather to get in a cold 40 year old pool, and then hold my heart rate above 180 for the main set of our workouts -- where's the fun in that.

Favorite Coach's Quote:

"I feel fine."

Jack Bauer or Cosmo?

Jack Bauer in the Cosmo Costume

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