Athlete of the Week: Kierstyn Cassidy, Waynesville

Kierstyn Cassidy

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Kierstyn Cassidy

Name: Kierstyn Cassidy

School: Waynesville High School

Sport: Swimming

Class: 2018

Age: 16

Claim to fame: Top 16 finishes at Southwest Classic (largest high school meet in the country) in three events, 500 and 200 free, and 200 fly. I also broke two team records last weekend, the 50 free (a 25-year-old record) and the 100 free, winning both.

Bet you didn’t know: I play piano

Toughest opponent/why? My teammates because I train with them every day and we have been through so much together and each knows what the other is capable of.

Favorite book: The Soloist

Favorite movie: Blended

Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite song: Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

Favorite pro athlete/why? Missy Franklin for her attitude towards life and swimming.

Favorite smell: Vanilla

Favorite home-cooked meal: Lasagna

Game-day rituals: Listening to music, carb loading

Person who would play me in a movie/why? Emma Watson, because it is Emma Watson

Words you live by: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” — Vince Lombardi

Biggest influence/why? My mom because she is always there for me as a mom and a coach

I am most annoyed by: My sister

You can’t live without: Macaroni and cheese

Most embarrassing moment: Any kind of presentation in school

In 10 years, I’ll be: A biomedical engineer

Best thing about swimming: The rush you get while racing

Worst thing about swimming: The 5 a.m. practices

Vegetable I just won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

Favorite junk food: York Peppermint Patties

Favorite school subject: English literature

Last DVD or video game I bought: I just watch Netflix

Person whose brain you’d like to pick: My coach

Love to trade places for a day with: Katie Ledecky

When I’m bored, I like to: Draw whatever comes to mind

Worst habit: Procrastinating

On your bedroom walls: Pictures of my friends and family

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing well

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