August 2nd, 2012

"20 Questions" With Katie Flanagan

Staff Report

"20 Questions" With Katie Flanagan
photo from Spalding University

Spalding championship softball player takes our survey

Name:  Katie Flanagan

College:  Spalding University

Major/minor:  Occupational Therapy Major

GPA:  3.6

Individual achievements from this current season:  USCAA National Champion, Hitter of the Week.

1.    How did you choose Spalding University?

Spalding is very highly accredited for their Occupational Therapy program and I was asked to play softball here, so it was a no brainer.

2.    What is your favorite part of college athletics?

Probably the provided food, our coach encourages us to eat well.

3.    How do you balance academics and your sport?

Really It’s just about time management, If I know we have games during the week or we are traveling that weekend, I make sure to get everything finished before hand.

4.    What is the hardest part about being a student athlete?

Probably time management, I’m a bit of a procrastinator so I tend to make things harder for myself.

5.    What do you do for fun when you aren’t in class or at practice?

I pretty much tend to hang out with my teammates a lot; we are a pretty close group.

6.    What is the best characteristic that you bring to your teammates?

I try to be a good leader and put everything I have into the game.

7.    What does your team do as a pre game ritual?

We are girls so it usually involves a lot of talking and goofing around. We like to go into games relaxed and that pretty much does it for us.

8.    What music do you listen to before a game?

A bit of everything it just depends on how I feel going into it, but mainly rock and rap.

9.    What role does your faith play throughout school, games, and practice?

I’m a worrier so it helps get me calm and focused in all aspects of life.

10.    Favorite pro team to watch?

I don’t really watch professional sports but I am a huge IU basketball fan!

11.    What is your coach’s best quality?

Coach Art is the most caring person. He treats all of us as a daughter which means he also expects the most from us.

12.    Why is a team captain(s) so important to the team?

We don’t have designated Captains but we do have leaders and everyone knows who they are. I think it’s important because it is a reminder of the tone the team has chosen to set throughout the year.

13.    How does your team handle defeat? What do you say to your team after a tough loss?

Different people respond to a loss differently. We take the loss and use it in practice to make ourselves better, but a lot of the time there isn’t much talking going on until we reach the bus.

14.    What is your favorite pre-game snack?

Probably Subway

15.     Favorite movie quote?

Anything from Bridesmaids

16.   What advice do you have for young student athletes as they decide where to go to college?

Don’t get caught up in what division the school is. There is still great competition and amazing people that play on all levels.

17.     Best smart phone app?

Having my email on my phone is the best thing that ever happened to me!

18.     How do you think your involvement in college sports and academics will benefit you when you begin to look for a job?

It shows that I work well when I’m busy and under pressure which I feel is important in the work place.

19.     What does it mean to play athletics for a Catholic college?

I’ve gone to catholic schools since pre-school so it’s nice to continue in a place that shares my beliefs and values.

20.     What is your proudest athletic achievement?

Being selected as Hitter of the Week.


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