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Quality Toyota Sports Spotlight: Poolside with Kitzman

Published 10:49am Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Joe Kitzman is a leader on the Otter boys swimming team.

Kitzman, a school record holder for the Otters in the 100 butterfly, has been a competitor at the state level since his freshman year.

The senior swimmer is also a dedicated student, with future plans to continue his education past the undergraduate level.

I sat down with Kitzman poolside and talked about his career as an Otter and his plans for the future.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: Math.

Q: What do you like about math?

A: It’s easy to figure out when you put your mind to it.

Q: Do you have any future plans?

A: I plan on attending the University of North Dakota and study applied mathematics.

Q: What would you like to do after college?

A: I would like to be a college math teacher.

Q: What other activities do you do outside of sports?

A: I am in the National Honors Society and also in Math League. I’m in A ca pella Choir and our team volunteers at the Veterans Home.

Q: Do you have a favorite swimming memory from your career as an Otter?

A: Probably in ninth grade when we won state by a point. That was probably the highlight.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I like to play frisbee. In the summer after our practices we go out and play ultimate frisbee on the football field. I also like to watch The Office.

Q: Who is your favorite character on The Office?

A: Jim.

Q: What is your favorite moment from The Office?

A: Probably in the second to last episode when Jim gives his wife a DVD of all their moments together.

Q: What are three words that your teammates would use to describe you?

A: I would hope hard working, leader and smart maybe?

Q: What would you do with a million dollars?

A: My mom would probably make me save it. (laughs).

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