Buckeye Spotlight - Alyssa Hoying
Sept. 20, 2016

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Alyssa Hoying is a two-time All-American and a leader on an experienced synchronized swimming team. The Noblesville, Ind., has Ohio State in her blood as her mother Pamela also swam with head coach Holly Vargo Brown and her cousin Bobby was a quarterback for the Buckeye football team. Hoying, who worked with Event Management this summer in the Bucks Go Pro program, will play a key role in the Buckeyes' pursuit of a 30th national title this spring.

What was your favorite part of Bucks Go Pro? Getting to meet all the awesome staff and the amazing workforce behind Ohio State Athletics. The dedication and support from all the staff is incredible.

What is the best piece of advice you received from BGP? Be open to anything and everything. Sometimes life doesn't turn out exactly how you envisioned it to, but just when you think you're lost and not sure what to do, that's when opportunities to try new things come up and who knows ... you might love it.

Which site visit did you enjoy the most? The Worthington Industries visit. It allowed us to interview student-athletes that work for Worthington and they gave us a tour of the many phases that go into the cylinder production of their business.

What was your group project, and what was your role in it? I'm currently working on the ESPY Night project, which we have named "The Scarlet and Graymies." Between the 5 of us, we've brainstormed ideas and written up a proposal for an elegant student-athlete award show coming this Spring and we can't believe the huge scale event it's turning out to be! Stay tuned for more info :)

How did you decide to come to OSU? I like to say I was born a Buckeye, so the close-knit Buckeye community and synchro family was just the icing on a great collegiate experience.

How long have you been doing your sport? 14 years. WOW that sounds like a long time when you actually write it out.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals? I always pray with some of my teammates before competition, because in the end, I want my performance and purpose to glorify God since He's the one that created me to do what I love ... swim!

What is your favorite part about your sport? I love my teammates. Jumping in a freezing cold pool every morning isn't always too enjoyable, but having teammates next to you that support you through both the good and bad times makes it all worth it.

What is the hardest thing about sport? Definitely the exhaustion of long practices. But hey, when we win a National Championship you will never hear one teammate say "Man, I wish we didn't have to practice so much to get here." It's all worth it in the end when you see that National Championship ring on your finger.

How do you balance athletics and academics? I try and stay ahead of my schoolwork. Pretty much trying to turn in assignments before they're due so they don't sneak up on me.

Why did you choose your major? I love sports. I'm so motivated by athletes that are always practicing and looking for ways to improve in their sport. How could you not love it?

What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Oval or Mirror Lake. Anywhere outside.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far? I took a Leadership in Sport class and loved it. We learned both applicable ideas and other concepts for leading teams both in sport and in a professional setting.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about? Kind of strange but my mom graduated from OSU and was a Buckeye synchronized swimmer and swam with Holly Vargo-Brown, my head coach now. Funny how that works out, huh?

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Any sort of dessert, probably brownies!

Who do you most admire and why? I admire my mom the most. Growing up in a family thats been through a lot, she taught us that everything happens for a reason and has taught us an undeniable strength throughout it all and I'm so thankful for that!

Describe OSU in one word. Unforgettable.