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Behind the Goggles: Getting to Know Annika Games

Oct. 2, 2008

ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Annika Games (Brea, Calif.), who swims backstroke and freestyle for the Bobcats, sat down with ohiobobcats.com to give an inside peek into the life of one of Ohio's newcomers.

Being from California, how did you end up here at Ohio?

Basically I'm here because of the swim team. The coaches contacted me and sent brochures. Also because of the beautiful campus.

What's the biggest difference between California and Athens?

The weather -- California is hot 24/7 and in Athens there's sometimes snow and rain.

Have you dealt with snow before?

Yea, I spent my winter break last year in Colorado and now my family lives there.

How do you like Athens and the university so far?

It's very pretty. The people are nice so I like it.

What's the toughest part about being so far from home?

Not having my parents here to get me stuff that I need. And not having a car, so I have to see if someone is going somewhere, so I can go with them, say to go to the store or something like that.

Your family moved to Colorado just before you had to move to school, how have you handled all the moving?

It's been okay. It's just moving, everyone does it at some point.

Have you had to deal with time transitions at all?

The time transitions are a little hard. It's kind of tough because I'll call my mom to tell her I'm going to bed and she'll say `What, it's so early.'

What is your major and what do you plan to do with it?

Childhood education and I plan to teach, hopefully first grade.

What do you hope to add to the defending MAC champions?

I hope to help them stay MAC champions and continue the team's success.

How's the season going so far?

I think we're doing pretty well. Everyone's working hard.

Do you think the freshman as a group are coming together and feeling more comfortable with the program?

Yea, we're getting along great, so I think we're comfortable with everything.

What would you say is your greatest swimming accomplishment?

I'm not really sure, but probably just starting swimming because if I didn't start I would never be at Ohio.

Your bio says your hobbies include snowboarding and surfing, how are you going to do those in Ohio?

Obviously, I can't really do that stuff here, but when I go home for winter break I'll have a few days when I can snowboard if I want. Obviously I can't surf because Colorado doesn't have a beach (nor does Ohio), so I'll just find different activities to do.

Who has had the biggest influence on you and why?

My parents because they support me through everything. Also, all my teammates and coaches because they're there to push me and they're there with me going through everything.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Natalie Coughlin because she's an amazing backstroker. I'd ask her how her life has been and how she's been able to keep it up and go so fast.