Pac-10 Q&A: Madison Kennedy, California Swimming

March 6, 2009

My goals for the rest of this season are...
My goals for the rest of this season are to enjoy my NCAA experience and to do as well as I can at the competition. Best times would be awesome, but I am aiming to place and score points for the team.

On my iPod is...
On my iPod is anything that makes me think I can dance like them; right now some Britney, Michael Jackson and Rhianna

I would love to trade places for a day with...
I would love to trade places for a day with my head coach Teri McKeever so I could hear and see how ridiculous I am sometimes. I would also love to have her gift of coaching people and helping them to realize that they do indeed have the ability to do great things.

My favorite team to watch as a kid was...
y favorite team to watch as a kid was my dad's hockey team because it was so fast and graceful. He has been playing hockey since childhood and his undying love of the sport has inspired me to keep swimming after college.

My favorite athlete to watch is...
My favorite athlete to watch is my teammate Sara Isakovic and you only have to watch her swim once to know why. She makes swimming look effortless and beautiful. When I watch Sara, I remember why I love to be in the water and how great it makes me feel.

The talent I'd most like to have is...
The talent I'd most like to have is reading people's minds because I would be constantly entertained.

My favorite memory as a Golden Bear is...
My favorite memory as a Golden Bear is of my first Cal meet. I can still remember reading the back of someone's parka so I wouldn't spell `California' wrong in the team cheer. The day I raced in that yellow `Cal' cap for the first time made me feel like a little kid again, just racing because it was the best thing ever.

The attribute I most like about myself is...
The attribute I most like about myself is my ability to laugh at myself. Let's call that an ability because if I didn't laugh at myself, I would be the only one missing out on all the jokes.

My plans after college are...
My plans after college are to keep swimming. After coming to Cal, I feel like I am just getting started! After I've swum my last lap, I hope to train dolphins at Sea World.

The best thing about Cal is...
The best thing about Cal is the diversity. The next best thing is the freedom to explore what you want to do with your life. Cal opens the world to you and allows you to choose the direction you want to go. If you make a good or a bad choice, at least you have made the choice.

My funnies teammate is...
My funniest teammate is Tara Thomas because her sense of humor is as subtle as it is brilliant. I have the pleasure of having a locker next to Tara and she never fails to drop witty one-liners in the early morning hours.

The sport I'm the worst at is...
The sport I'm the worst at out of all the ones I have tried is definitely golf. I have limited depth perception and patience; add a skinny stick and a tiny ball and I am guaranteed to get frustrated. Our swim team visited the driving range on a team retreat and I managed to perfect a Happy Gilmore swing technique for hitting chunks of grass.

Something about me that others would be surprised to hear is...
Something about me that others would be surprised to hear is my right foot is one size bigger than my left foot.

Which of your teammates would you like to trade places with for a day and why?
I would love to trade places with Natalie Coughlin. I haven't known her very long but she has a way about her that draws people in. Her personality is contagious and her modesty is unheard of in someone with her incredible success. She is the perfect example of a champion. If I could spend a day as Natalie, the first thing I would learn is how to fix my flip-turn!

The best advice I've received was....
The best advice I've received was from my parents - dream everyday about what you want to accomplish so you know exactly what to do when it happens.

My biggest pet peeve is...
My biggest pet peeve is when people don't wear socks with tennis shoes because first of all, that is gross and second, you are going to get blisters.

What I miss most about my hometown is...
What I miss most about my hometown is the change of seasons; fall in Connecticut is fantastic!

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