Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ashley Vance, Women's Swimming

Oct. 13, 2014

Ashley Vance, Student-Athlete Spotlight

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Ashley Vance
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
Major: English

As a senior member on the Ohio State women's swimming and diving team, Ashley Vance competes primarily in breaststroke and individual medley events for the Buckeyes. With three appearances at the Big Ten championships thus far in her career, Vance most recently took home a conference title in the 200 individual medley. The Kindwood, Texas, native, along with her Buckeye teammates, will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 17 for the Scarlet vs. Gray Exhibition.

    Student Life
    Do you prefer Oval Beach in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? - Fall! I love when the leaves start changing
    Where is the best place to sit for lectures? - Probably four or five rows back, and off to one side
    Most underrated place to study on campus - Mason Hall
    Why did you choose to major in English? - I'm a super avid reader and I love writing
    If you were the University President for a day, what would you do? - Cancel classes and swim practice
    Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? - I was a mess! I'm horrible with directions and I remember I got lost more than once.

    Popular Culture
    Who do you wish had a Twitter account? Why would you want to "follow" this account? - ?My roommate's dog, Murphy. He's literally a human in dog form.
    Favorite TV show - Grey's Anatomy
    Favorite movie - The Departed
    Favorite book and/or magazine - Harry Potter, although I've read a ton of great books.
    Favorite celebrity - Tina Fey
    Favorite singer or musical group - The Avett Brothers
    Last concert I attended was - Maroon 5

    Sports
    Favorite pro sports team - The Chudley Cannons
    Favorite athlete - David Beckham
    The athlete I would most like to compete against - Katinka Hosszu
    Favorite athletic memory - Beating Michigan at our home duel meet last year, although beating them at Big Tens was pretty great, too.
    Team you're most looking forward to competing against - Minnesota and Indiana
    Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual - I always have certain stretches that I do behind the blocks. I also crack my knuckles and adjust my cap and goggles obsessively!
    What is your top skill? What skill do you need to improve? - I suppose my dives and underwaters. I need work on my closing speed in races, because I tend to race like a sprinter for mid-distance events. I go out fast and die hard!

    Travel
    Most interesting place I've visited - Bermuda
    I would like to visit - Morocco

    Food
    Favorite home cooked meal - My mom's taco soup is AMAZING
    Favorite snack food - Goldfish

    Misc.
    Person I most admire - My mom
    In 10 years, I would like to be - A published novelist
    If I had a million dollars, I would - I would travel the world until all the money ran out
    Coolest thing you did this past summer - I spent a couple of days in London by myself sightseeing and pretending I was British.
    Most prized possession - My relationship with my family
    I would like to trade places for a day with - My roommate Taylor Ford, so I can find out what it's like to be short
    Best piece of advice you've received - "There is no such thing as luck. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."
    If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be and what/where would you eat - Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Connelly at any Mexican restaurant from my hometown.
    Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend - An Avett Brothers Concert
    Who tweets too much on your team - Molly Washko. Definitely.
    Do you have an interesting nickname? - Ash-dawg
    What is your hometown known for? - I'm not sure. Mexican food?
    Pop or Soda? - Soda
    Cats or Dogs? - Dogs. Cat's freak me out
    Early Bird or Night Owl? - Night Owl