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begin training with one of swimming's
a medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, might
have moved on in life, but anyone who met this young
woman will never forget her. She talks about what
swimming brought her, and where she is now, in this
week’s 20 Question Tuesday with special
correspondent Bob Schaller.
What are you up to?
Kristy: I just finished my second year of teaching
third grade back home in Reading, Pa., at Whitfield
Elementary School in the Wilson School District. I
actually am teaching in the same elementary school I
went to sixth grade in.
How did you get into teaching?
Kristy: My mother is a teacher, and I thought it was
the coolest job in the world to get to hang out with
kids all day long. She teaches 6th-8th
grade, but I prefer to stick with younger kids.
3 Can you please tell us about the town you
Kristy: I am living in Wyomissing, Pa., which is a
suburb of Reading. It’s where I was born and raised,
and I love being back home. Most of my family is within
a 10-minute drive of my house. It’s funny, everywhere I
go, I run into someone who knows one of my family
members. My grandmother was the youngest of 10. It’s the
Six Degrees of Separation. Reading itself has about
75,000 people living in it, but definitely can have a
small town feel to it.
4 What's teaching like?
Kristy: I love teaching. My favorite thing in the
world is when a student finally gets something that you
are trying to teach them, and it’s like you can see a
light go on in their eyes. I think I have the best job
in the world. The greatest feeling is at the end of the
day, knowing you have taught a child something totally
and completely new and they will remember it
(hopefully!) for the rest of their lives. The days are
long, and a teacher never is finished with their job
when the kids walk out of the classroom. There have been
many nights where I am still grading students’ work
until bedtime. If you aren’t completely exhausted at
the end of a school day, it wasn’t a good day.
Do you still swim and how much?
Kristy: I haven’t swum in about two years. However, I
did get back in the water this past week at a Total
Performance Camp I did at Kenyon College. Roque Santos
and I were doing demonstrations, and it felt really good
to get back in the water. It was strange, but I felt
like I hadn’t ever stopped swimming. BJ Bedford just
sent me some Nike suits, so my goal this summer is to
swim at least three mornings a week.
6 What else do you do for workouts?
Kristy: I took a long time off of working out. But
now, I like to go to spinning classes. I have been
running a bit, and I just started taking classes at my
gym called Down Under. The instructor is from Australia,
and it is THE hardest workout on dry land I have ever
done in my life. It’s a combination of cardio and
plyometrics. It’s hard, but I love it. I am a person
who needs a friend to go to the gym with. I get bored
trying to work out by myself, but I suppose that comes
from years of swimming up and down a black line. Plus, I
am on my feet all day long. I wore a pedometer one day
to class, and let’s just say I definitely got my 10,000
steps a day in.
7 How much and with whom do you stay in touch
with from the swimming days?
Kristy: I try to keep in touch with as many of my
teammates as possible, and it is much easier to do
during the summer. Last summer, I traveled around so
much, I was only in town for 12 days before school
started up again. I just got back from visiting Amanda
Schneider (Adkins), who was my teammate and training
partner in Georgia and Sydney. I am heading up to
Boston this weekend for Samantha Arsenault’s wedding, so
that should be a big swimming reunion. I just got a
phone call from Maritza Correia yesterday, and I talk to
Stefanie Williams, who is a fellow PA native, on the
phone every day. The great thing about my friends is,
even if you don’t talk to them for weeks, or months, we
pick right back up where we left off.
8 What's the biggest swim memory that stands
out that you have?
Kristy: It’d be easy to say winning a silver medal in
Sydney is my biggest memory, but I am going to have to
go with the 200 breast at Trials in 2000. Two days
earlier, I had been touched out of a spot on the team by
.01 of a second in the 100. Four years earlier I had
missed the team in Atlanta by .17 of a second (and
landed the cover of Swimming World with a picture of me
crying). Finally making the team in 2000 in the 200
breast, that race, in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, made up
for every disappointment I had ever had in my swimming
career. The silver at the Olympics was the icing on the
9 What did swimming teach you about yourself?
Kristy: Swimming taught me how strong of a person I
am. I fully believe how you react to
situations determines what type of person you are.
Disappointment can either make you stronger or it can
knock you down. Someone once called me “The Poster Child
for Disappointment at Trials.” Getting third place at
Trials, in three separate Trials, (1996, 2000 and 2004)
that can take a toll on you and make you doubt
yourself. I think my experiences have made me stronger,
and I have become a better person through this sport.
I’ve learned how to bounce back in the face of
10 When do we expect a bunch of little Kristys
running around? You are, after all, great with kids!
Kristy: (laughs) Well, I am not sure when you can
expect any little Kristys, but, I feel like with my
students, I have 24 kids every year, and that is a
huge family. Plus I am having fun being Aunt Kristy
with all of my friends’ little ones.
11 What's the 10-year plan? Will you stay in
education, any plans for administration or things like
Kristy: That’s a tough question. I love teaching, so I
don’t think I would ever opt to be an administrator. I
like being involved directly with students, but maybe in
10 years I’ll be coaching in addition to teaching. I’ll
have to wait and see.
12 How much do you follow the sport now?
Kristy: I still have friends and former teammates
swimming, so I try and follow it as much as possible. I
watch the meets when they are on TV, and I went to NCAAs
when they are in Georgia. I am planning on coming out
to Trials next summer. I still get butterflies in my
stomach when the 200 breast is up.
13 Who is one male and one female swimmer you
are following heading into the 2008 Games?
Kristy: I only get to pick one?! Okay, male, I am
going with Michael Phelps. The first time I met him, he
was a little brother of one of my Pan Pac teammates back
in 1995. Now look at him! He is such a great ambassador
for the sport. He’s done so much to bring swimming into
homes across the world. I am fully amazed with how well
he handles the success he has had. Female, this is
tough to pick just one. I am going with Teresa
Crippen. I have had the opportunity to train with her,
and I went to Germantown twice this year to help her
with her breaststroke. She is one to watch in the
future. She’s tough, hardworking, talented, the full
package. She’s going to be around for a long time.
14 What do you think of Dara Torres' comeback?
Kristy: I think it’s awesome. She’s going to make the
team, and I hope I can be there to see it happen.
There’s not a single doubt in my mind that she’ll make
the team. If anyone can make a comeback like this, it’s
15 How big is swimming where you are now?
Kristy: In Pennsylvania, high school swimming is very
big. And this state seems to have a great tradition of
producing breaststrokers, Jeremy Linn, Brendan Hansen,
Kristen Woodring, Anita Nall, Kyle Salyards. And we
were all within a two-hour radius of each other.
16 Do the kids you teach know about your
amazing swim career? Do you still get recognized?
Kristy: I do still get recognized around here
sometimes. Funny you mention it. I got recognized
tonight when I went food shopping. My students I teach
now were 1 during the Sydney Games, which makes me feel
old. But, yes, they do know about my career. I use
swimming in my lessons, like when we were learning about
tenths and hundredths, the kids thought it was like
saying one-one hundred. So I showed them races from
Trials. The looks on their faces was priceless. I think
the only regret they have in having me as a teacher is
they can’t use the old, “I had to go to practice so I
didn’t get to do my homework.” That one does NOT fly in
my classroom. The kids have it memorized by the end of
the year. “Miss Kowal swam five hours a day and still
got her homework finished.”
17 How much do you miss UGA and do you stay in
touch with Jack Bauerle?
Kristy: I miss Georgia so much. It was home for so
long and such a fantastic town. I wish I could have
stayed there forever. That town will always hold a very
special place in my heart. And Jack, I don’t even know
where to begin. He was like a second father to me, still
is. I try to stay in touch with him as much as possible
but he is incredibly busy. I did get a phone call from
him this year at 6:30 a.m., asking me if I thought I’d
missed morning practice when the phone rang.
18 Have you been able to look back at your
career and see how much you’ve accomplished?
Kristy: It’s strange. I was watching a video of myself
at a camp this week, and for the first time it hit me. I
was like, wow, that was me, I did all of that. Sometimes
it’s hard to believe what I have accomplished. I am a
very lucky person. In my life, I have reached every
single goal I have ever set for myself, and for that I
Do you see yourself staying in Pennsylvania forever, or
might there be another move?
Kristy: For now, I am staying in Pennsylvania. I am a
homeowner now. That changes everything. But who knows
what the future holds. I am extremely close to my
friends and family and love being so close to them. Once
I came back from Georgia, I knew that moving away again
would be incredibly difficult.
What else is going on personally that you can share with
us – a new hobby or club?
Kristy: Let’s go with a new hobby. This year, I
decided to try something new. I decided to try a land
sport and take after my younger brother, who was a NCAA
All-American volleyball player, and I played on a
competitive volleyball team. He even came to one of my
games but he made me really nervous. I wanted him
to sub in for me. His advice to me was jump higher and
hit harder. That’s like telling someone to jump in the
pool and move their arms and legs. Luckily, my teammates
were great in teaching me how to play and they were
very patient. I had the best time. I’ve had some
major changes in my life the last two years, and I have
been trying to make myself try things that are new and
outside my comfort level. This was definitely one of