Meet Brittney Iverson
Feb. 23, 2010
Brittney Iverson, a senior swimming sensation, is no stranger to Corvallis. Growing up in town and attending Crescent Valley High School has given her plenty of time to gain a large fan base. It also helps she was an All-American in 2007 and has been climbing up the Oregon State record books. Her performances in the water even found her at the Olympic trials in the spring of 2008. Her accolades are impressive, but they aren't only swimming related. Iverson is a biology major, hoping to start a career as a marine biologist.
What is like to go to college in your hometown?
'It's pretty fun for the most part because I have that community support. Everyone is always excited to see a CV (Crescent Valley) grad do well at a college level.'
Do you talk much to any other Beaver athletes from the Corvallis area?
'I know of a few, we'll say hi because in the same boat, but that's about it.'
What was the experience of swimming at the Olympic trials like?
'It was amazing, just indescribable. It was definitely the pinnacle of the sport for me. I've never seen swimming on such a huge stage like that, with that much importance put on it. It was really cool to be a part of that.'
Is it tough to manage your busy schedule?
'Not really because I've been doing it for so long. In high school I had a really tough course load also, as well as swimming. I've been doing it for a while, so I'm used to it.'
Do you ever have any free time, or are you always moving?
'For the most part is pretty much just go-go-go. When the terms are over, I have a little bit of time to kind of relax and recover. Pretty much any free time that I do have during the week, I use to nap, and catch up on sleep.'
Do you have a favorite class?
'Hmm, that's a tough one! Probably my favorite classes would be ecology and that type of stuff, but I think my favorites are yet to come, out on the coast.'
What are you plans for after you graduate from Oregon State?
'Right now, I'm thinking that I will go to grad school, hopefully somewhere warm and by the beach , so that I can study marine biology.'
Being a Corvallis expert, where is your favorite place to eat at?
'That would have to be (Riverview) Mongolian Grill on the river front. It's my favorite. Hands down.'
What would your advice be to an incoming freshmen swimmer?
'My advice would be to remember why you do the sport. Remember that you do it because you love it, and its fun, and don't ever forget about that, because it's easy to get stuck in a rut with school and swimming.'
Given the choice, would you rather spend a day at the beach or a day at the mountain?
'Definitely the beach!'
That was too easy, what about the beach or the lake?
'Well I like both, because I used to go boating and water skiing a lot. I'd say in Oregon, probably a lake, but if I was somewhere warmer, probably the beach.'
If you had to choose one activity for the night, which would it be, laser tag or go-karts?
'Oh, that's hard. I have done both. I'd say if I'm with a big group I'd go laser tag, or paintball is fun.'