Susan Issenmann

Athlete of the Week: Susan Issenmann, Alter High School

Name: Susan Issenmann

School: Alter

Grade: Junior

Age: 17

Sport: Swimming

Claim to fame/honors: Competed at YMCA Nationals for the past three years; placed 16th in the 100 back and 8th in the 200 medley relay at the 2017 OHSAA state meet; selected as the YMCA National Athlete Representative on the National Committee for the 2018 Spring and Summer National Meets.

Bet you didn’t know … My birthday is on Halloween

Words you live by: “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” — John Wooden

Toughest opponent: Myself

Biggest influence: My mom

Match-day rituals: I eat an egg for breakfast and listen to music.

What’s on your bedroom walls? A basketball backboard with a collage of UD men’s players throughout the years.

When I’m bored I like to … Paint and draw

Favorite movie: Lilo and Stitch

Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars

Favorite musical artist: Bruno Mars

I can’t live without: Ice cream

I can live without: TV

Event you’d like to attend: The Super Bowl

Favorite book: Divergent

Favorite home-cooked meal: Grandma’s chicken and noodles

Favorite restaurant: “Be Our Guest” at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Favorite smell: Lavender

Favorite cereal: Lucky Charms

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Lululemon

Vegetable you won’t eat: Steamed broccoli

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Katie Ledecky

Whose mind would you like to read? My competitors

Place where you’d love to travel? Hawaii

Talent you’d like to have? Play an instrument

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Nathan Adrian

Favorite team: UD men’s basketball team

Favorite Olympic sport: Swimming or synchronized diving

Something in the world I’d like to change: Homelessness

Favorite sports moment: When the UD men’s basketball went to the Elite 8

Favorite junk food: Goldfish

Best thing about swimming: Setting goals and achieving them at the end of the season.

In 10 years, I hope to be: A Walt Disney World Imagineer

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