By Jordan Stiede
Ripon College swimmer Emma Goral is coming off a year in which she was the conference champion in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly. She also was selected to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team as an honorable mention. To be chosen for this honor, swimmers must achieve a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Goral, who holds 10 school records, already has earned Red Hawk of the Week honors this season, and is excited for the rest of the swimming season.
“Some goals I have for the rest of this season is to help our team place fourth or better at Conference and have fun doing it.” Goral said.
The senior psychology major from Oconomowoc, Wis., answered a few questions about herself to help the campus get to know one of the key members on this year’s swimming team.
Q: What is your favorite memory in your swimming career?
A: My first Conference Championship meet where the team collectively broke 16 school records.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of the pool?
A: Doodle, be with friends, and drink coffee.
Q: If you could go back in time, what is something you would tell yourself the first day you walked on campus?
A: Start preparing for grad school now – it will make your senior year much, much easier.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about second semester senior year?
A: Making more memories with all of my Ripon friends!
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
A: Hopefully grad school in clinical or counseling psychology.
Q: Who is your favorite team to swim against and why?
A: Grinnell because they have a REALLY nice facility.
Q: What is one thing students on campus might not know about you?
A: I competed in the 100 & 200 meter butterfly at the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials.
Q: What’s your favorite meal in the commons?
A: Breakfast for dinner.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: It’s a tie between Slumdog Millionaire and Bridesmaids.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person in the world who would it be? And why?
A: KT Tunstall (my favorite musician) so I could ask her about all of the stories behind her music.
Q: What teammate would you pick to be with you if you had to stay out in a jungle for a week? Why would you choose this person?
A: Colleen Elzinga because she is so positive and can make even the most difficult situations fun!