Name: Monica Velazquez-Stiak

Awards/Honors: High school varsity swimmer, Citizenship Award, Society of Women Scholars, National Honor Society

Goal: Compete in the Olympic Games; become a physical therapist or teacher

Athletic Achievements: 2013 UANA Pan American Championships Team 1st; 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships Team 7th, Figures 5th; 2012 US Jr Nationals Team 6th, Solo 9th, Figures 7th; 2011 Comen Cup, Team 6th, Figures 25th; 2010 eSynchro Age Group Championships Team 4th, Duet 6th, Figures 3rd;  2008 eSynchro Age Group Championships Figures 3rd

Getting to know Monica Velazquez-Stiak

Best book you've ever read: The Hunger Games Series

Favorite food: Chinese food

Favorite movie: “Chasing Mavericks”

Favorite TV show: “The New Girl”

Favorite actor/actress: Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Lawrence

Biggest athletic thrill: Seeing your support group in the stands cheering you on

Athlete I most admire: Misty Hyman. She was my high school swim team coach, my biggest supporter, and the reason I wanted to become an elite athlete.

Favorite sport to watch: Swimming and diving

Person I would most like to meet: Ryan Lochte

Favorite animal: Cats

What do you like to do in your spare time? Spend time with my family and friends

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Australia or somewhere in Europe

What is your favorite room in your house and why? The kitchen because that’s where the fridge is!

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without? My phone

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person? Definitely a night person. I cannot wake up in the mornings.

What is your favorite subject in school? English

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be? Mumford and Sons

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for? A car so that I can drive myself wherever I wanted to go.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Invisibility

If a movie was made about your life, which actress would you want to play you? Jennifer Lawrence

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you? Another person, water, and some flares