Student-Athlete Spotlight: Michelle Williams, Swimming

Feb. 24, 2014

Michelle Williams, Student=Athlete Spotlight

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Michelle Williams
Freestyle, Butterfly
Toronto, Ontario

Michelle Williams, a senior on the women's swimming and diving team, recently helped the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. She placed third in the 50-yard freestyle, fourth in the 100 freestyle and was a member of both the 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay. Williams is also an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection who will graduate with a degree in exercise science.

    Student Life
    Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? Spring! Puppies and sun tanning!
    Where is the best place to sit for lectures? Middle, closer to the front
    Most underrated place to study on campus? 3rd floor library sun room, lots of natural light which is great for studying
    Why did you choose to major in exercise science? Because exercise is like medicine, and with growing rates of heart disease and obesity, people are just now beginning to realize the importance of physical activity as a health tool. I want a career in healthcare, and this degree gives a good science background
    If you were the University President for a day, what would you do? Build a lazy river around the oval
    Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? I looked like a tourist - This was before I had a GPS on my phone, so I used a fold out paper map to find all my classes.

    Popular Culture
    Who do you wish had a Twitter account? Why would you want to "follow" this account? My roommate's beta fish Snoopy. I want to know his life secret for living so long.
    Favorite TV show - It's a three way tie between The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and Friends
    Favorite movie - The Proposal
    Favorite book and/or magazine - The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
    Favorite celebrity - Jennifer Lawrence
    Favorite singer or musical group - Luke Bryan, Jack Johnson
    Last concert I attended was - Luke Bryan

    Favorite pro sports team - Toronto Maple Leafs
    Favorite athlete - Sam Cheverton
    The athlete I would most like to compete against - Cate Campbell
    Favorite athletic memory - Beating Michigan this year on Senior Day
    Team you're most looking forward to competing against - Minnesota and Indiana
    What is your top skill? What skill do you need to improve? My top skill is upper body strength. I could improve by balancing out my stroke with more legs.

    Most interesting place I've visited - Guam
    Place I would like to visit - Santorini, Greece

    Favorite home cooked meal - Shell shaped pasta with meat sauce and grated cheese on top, when my mom makes it
    Favorite snack food - Fruit snacks/gummies, dried mango

    Person I most admire - my sister, Lydia
    In 10 years, I would like to be - a Nurse Practitioner
    If I had a million dollars, I would - travel to South Africa often to visit family
    Coolest thing you did this past summer - medaled at Canadian Nationals for the first time
    Most prized possession - my bunny stuffed animal. If I lost it I don't know what I would do
    I would like to trade places for a day with - Brutus Buckeye
    Best piece of advice you've received - Everything you do, do with enthusiasm
    If your parents/guardians bragged about you, what would they say? I've overcome a lot of adversity
    What is your hometown known for? - Being multicultural
    Pop or Soda? Pop
    Cats or Dogs? Dogs
    Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl
    Would you be the O, H, I or the O? - The 'I', so I can practice my streamline