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 SwimOutlet.com 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