Q&A with Swimmer's Jenny Smith '18

Name: Jenny Smith

Sport: Swimming

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Class: 2018

Major: Ocean Engineering

Service Assignment: Naval Flight Officer

Q: What drew you to attending the USNA?
A: The overall drive and character of the people that go to USNA.  

Q: How did you first become interested in swimming?
A: I first became interested in squash when I was seven years old. My dad (who played tennis in college) and I walked into a local recreation center where they had some squash courts. My dad thought that it looked like fun and we picked up the sport together. I have been playing ever since.

Q: What is something about the sport that most people don’t know?
A: Although it can be considered an individual sport, many swimmers would not continue swimming if it was not for their teammates pushing them every day in the pool. 

Q: What is the best part about Columbus, OH?
A: Ohio State Buckeyes.

Q: Name three artists on your music play list.
A: Phil Collins, Journey and Sam Smith.

Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be and why?
A: I would play water polo. I played it in high school. It’s a fun team sport that is very physical and an exciting game to play.

Q: How has athletics shaped your Academy experience?

A: Athletics at the Academy have allowed me to make friends with not only my classmates on my team but all of the upper class and under class. Although the academy is very structured, having athletics allows for you to work on time management while still having a bunch of fun.

Q: Favorite place you have visited in your life, and why is it your favorite?
A: Emerald Isle, North Carolina is my favorite place because it is where I used to go to see my grandparents. There were a lot of memories at the beach and fishing.

Q: The best moment of your time here at the USNA was ...
A: Meeting all of my friends and also beating Army for 29 straight years.

Q: Knowing what you do now, what would you tell yourself on Induction Day?
A: I would tell myself to have fun and that everyone is there to support you through anything no matter the difficulties set in front of you.

Q: What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
A: Either to still be an NFO or be a stay at home mom and be a swim coach.

Q: What advice do you have for younger athletes who are interested in the Academy?
A: I would tell them to ask the midshipmen why they are at the Academy and why do you stay.  Another piece of advice for younger athletes would be to do some research and see what interests you before you visit or talk to someone.


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