Mary Washington senior women’s swimmer Kris Currie is a biology major who is heavily involved in a variety of clubs on campus including serving as the president of SAAC and contributing to InterVarsity and a tutoring program. On campus, Currie can often be found in the pool or studying and hanging in the Hurley Convergence Center. Away from campus, she likes to visit her favorite spot on the North Carolina beach. After a month-long hiatus from dual meets, Currie and Eagles return to the pool on Saturday for a CAC matchup at St. Mary’s. INTRODUCING … Kris Currie.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I started swimming in summer league when I was five years old and quickly fell in love with being in the water. As I got older I got involved in USA club swimming with Quest Swimming and that helped lead me to Mary Washington.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am a Biology major. I have learned that the world around us is not always so foreign as we might think. Sometimes it can get overwhelming to be in new situations and meet new people, but when you look at the science behind our world we are all much more similar than we are different.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I love the Hurley Convergence Center. It’s a busy place that has hundreds of different areas to study and hang out in. I can always find a teammate to sit with or a quiet corner to study in depending on what I need to get done.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My favorite place to visit is Nags Heads, North Carolina. My family has been going there since I was born and it has always felt like a second home to me. I am a strong believer that there aren’t many problems in life that a good book on the beach can’t fix!
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I am the president of UMW’s SAAC this year. I love being involved in SAAC and getting to form a team of athletes from all different sports in order to allow the voices of student athletes be heard at our University. I am also a member of UMW’s InterVarsity bible study group and am a tutor in the Eagles Helping Eagles peer tutoring program for student athletes.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
My most memorable experience was CAC’s my freshman year. We have always had a close knit team, but I was blown away by how exciting it is to see your teammates swimming fast and accomplishing their goals. I got to see my best friend and two other teammates qualify for Nationals and it was an incredible experience to have as a freshman. I felt so loved and supported going into my own races that it made the swims feel easy. CAC’s is my favorite part of every year.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
Some of the most influential people in my life aside from my family were my club swimming coaches, Dudley Duncan and John Smithson. They are the only coaches that I had from the age of nine until I came to college and they had a huge impact on the swimmer that I am today. Dudley and John supported me in my interests both inside and outside of the pool and taught me to see hard work as a privilege instead of a punishment. I can never thank them enough for helping me discover who I am as an athlete and helping put me on the path that allowed me to end up at UMW.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Academics is important, you should always study hard. But the letters that are on your report card don’t decide who you are or what you can be. Focus on learning the things that excite you and you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
In the swimming world my favorite athlete is Brendan Hansen. I have always admired his work ethic and the team mentality that he brought to his races. Outside of swimming I am a huge fan of UNC Men’s Basketball and I spend a lot of time getting my March Madness bracket just right.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
I’d love to have dinner with Leonard Nimoy, Bob Ross, and Nancy Drew. Leonard Nimoy has been a hero of mine for a long time, not only was he a talented actor and active philanthropist he was also a very passionate and gifted photographer which often goes unrecognized. I would love to get some tips for my own projects! Next is Bob Ross, other than getting to admire his hair in person I would love to spend time talking to him about the peace and joy that he found in painting, and maybe learn to find that level of joy in the arts as well. Lastly is Nancy Drew, as a child I was in love with the Nancy Drew series and this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of meeting her.