Behind The Blocks With Kelsey Opiela

Nov. 10, 2016

DENTON - Mean Green swimming and diving sophomore Kelsey Opiela comes from a swimming family, but didn't start to compete until high school. She has found success at the collegiate level with North Texas, and continues to push herself to get better each time she races. Find out more about her in today's Behind the Blocks. 

Class: Sophomore 
Event: 100 Butterfly
Hometown: Kingwood, TX

Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?

A: Denton is more eclectic and liberal than the Houston suburb of Kingwood. Kingwood is very new, developed, and lacks the historical feel that Denton has.

Q: Who or what got you into the sport?

A: My mom and her whole family were swimmers, so I've been in the pool since a very young age just splashing around. I started summer league swim when I was 7 years old, but didn't start to swim competitively until high school.

Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?

A: The 100 butterfly because I think it's a hard stroke to perfect, and I like to work on it every time I race. I also think butterfly is the prettiest and most graceful stroke.

Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?

A: The 400 IM because I would not be able to finish the breaststroke.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?

A: I am looking to see how far I can push myself and my teammates in order to get better

Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?

A: Other than swimming being #1,  I really like to watch beach volleyball because I am amazed at how quickly they can jump up and move around after diving in the sand.

Q: Who is your team family?

A: Royals, I think...

Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?

A: I can make some mean food. Healthy or unhealthy you name it, i can make it. I know my way around a kitchen.

Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?

A: I would trade places with Robert Downy Jr. because he's famous, and who doesn't like Iron Man!



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