Name: Susan Issenmann
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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