This week, I attempted something new and unique.
Instead of the traditional, dull sports story summarizing a team’s performance or the game’s takeaways over the weekend, I elected to add a twist to this week’s edition of the team’s segment: an intriguing Q&A session with Senior Carlee Timmins and Head Coach Elise Blaschke.
Fresh off a needed-Thanksgiving break and the three-day Worcester Polytechnic Institute Invitational (WPI) meet approaching this weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down and interact with Timmins and Blaschke. Both revealed a small portion of their personalities and discussed a glimpse of their lives, an occasion athletes and coaches rarely arrive at.
With that being said, let’s get straight to it.
*Senior Carlee Timmons will be indicated as “CT”
*Head Coach Elise Blaschke will be indicated as “EB”
How did you first get into the sport?
CT: “My dad swam when he was a kid, so I started swimming at the summer club that he swam at. Me and my older sister swam together so I just kept going.”
EB: “I started swimming when I was five at a team called Saint Rose in Gloucester County at the YMCA. My parents had me do it to do it … swimming just kind of stuck and I think over time it turned out bigger than I thought it would ever be.”
Who inspired you throughout your career?
CT: “[My dad] is definitely the main reason why I swim because he comes to all my meets and keeps track of all my times … and my mom used to run marathons and I swim the mile, so it’s distance-swimming and distance-running so she also inspires me.”
EB: “An integral part of my coaching career and swimming as a child was Tony Lisa, the previous coach here at Rowan.”
CT: “Katie Ledecky … I think about her every single time I’m in the water, she’s so amazing and is so good at what she does. I just want to be everything that she is.”
EB: “Natalie Coughlin was a swimmer I really admired. And when I was younger I really had a big love for Katie Hoff; by the time I got to high school, I was swimming in a meet and I got to swim against her. She kicked my butt, but it was really cool.”
If you could play another sport, what would it be?
CT: “Track … it’s the same thing [as swimming] but on land. But also, something that is not cardio-intensive. Something that is completely opposite, like bowling.”
EB: “I would have loved to play volleyball.”
Any other talent you would like people to know of?
CT: “I’m pretty flexible. That’s cause I stretch all the time. I can put my leg behind my head.”
EB: “I played the piano for 15 years, so I’m musically inclined to some capacity.”
Type of music you listen to before meets?
CT: “Punk-goes-pop songs … it’s punk bands that sing pop songs so I know all the words, but it’s also high-tempo so it gets me super excited.”
EB: “In college, it was the rap scene. Meek Mill was just coming up so I was into that. And probably a remixed version of ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’ by Kid Cudi.”
Preferred music in general?
CT: “Rap music or whatever I feel like listening to.”
EB: “Alternative and acoustic are my favorites.”
CT: “[the late] Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, Brockhampton.”
EB: “Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter … Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ was my all-time favorite.”
And to add some spice to the conversations, I decided to ask “rapid questions” which sparked priceless reactions.
Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook?
Netflix, Hulu or Disney Plus?
EB: “Netflix but sort of Disney Plus.”
Vine or TikTok?
EB: “I’m gonna have to skip.”
A superpower you wish you had?
EB: “Teleportation. More importantly, so I can maximize my time. I hate wasting time, I hate being in a car…”
Have any pets? Favorite one?
CT: “Three guinea pigs, two hamsters and one dog. The guinea pigs are my favorite.”
EB: “Little dog, dogs are my favorite pets.”
Favorite country you ever visited?
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