Oct. 13, 2014

Women’s Swimming/Diving   |   Women’s Swimming/Diving

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

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!

Most interesting place I’ve visited – Bermuda
I would like to visit – Morocco

Favorite home cooked meal – My mom’s taco soup is AMAZING
Favorite snack food – Goldfish

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