Thursday's Conversation With Air Force's Kim Davis
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Joining the conversation this week is Air Force’s Kim Davis. A senior captain on the Falcons’ women’s swimming and diving team, Davis has earned All-MW honors each of her first three seasons. She owns the fifth-fastest 400-yard Individual Medley time in Conference history (4:13.43), as well as the sixth-best 200 IM time (1:59.15).
This season, Davis has posted the league’s top 400 IM (4:16.20), second-best 200 breaststroke (2:14.93) and fourth-fastest 200 IM (2:02.19) times.
Question: You’ve been an All-MW performer three straight years and Air Force’s Most Valuable Swimmer twice. What’s enabled you to be such a consistent performer in the pool?
Answer: I think it all boils down to that I really like practicing, training and swimming meets with the team. When you have enjoyment for the sport and the team it can elevate the way that you perform.
Q: Any specific goals you’d like to achieve in your senior season?
A: The past three years I was focused on getting better and placing higher each season. This season, I’ve taken on more of leadership role, both in my cadet wing and with the team, so my focus has changed. I’m trying to create a better team atmosphere and just have fun. When you have a goal to have fun and enjoy the sport rather than focusing all of your attention on doing the best you can each time you compete, you tend to take some of that pressure off of yourself.
Q: What was it about the Air Force Academy that made you want to apply there?
A: My dad (John) is a 1983 graduate. I believe he served 28 years total between active duty and the reserves. He was an air battle manager while on active duty. That was what exposed me to the Academy originally. He didn’t put any pressure on me at all. We took a visit to the Academy when I was in high school and I just felt called to go there and the trip.
Q: Did any other family members have a military background?
A: My mom was an Air Force grad, too, in 1985. She was also an air battle manager and then switched to the National Guard and was a pilot. My older sister (Corie) is also in the Academy. She’s in her last year of med. school. I don’t think we all intended to go to the Air Force Academy, but that’s how it worked out.
Q: Being a student-athlete at Air Force is a unique experience. Can you walk us through what a typical day might look like in-season for you?
A: Well, today I got up at 6 a.m. and then went to practice from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m. We did an hour of swimming and an hour of weight training. I then had 40 minutes to change, eat and get to class by 9:30 and was in class until 11:30 am. After class we went through our formation and march to lunch and then went back to class again from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Following class was more practice from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner and homework followed that and I was in bed by 11 p.m.
Q: Your bio mentions Grey’s Anatomy is your favorite television show. Grey’s has certainly had many shocking moments in its run, is there a particular shocking moment that stands out to you?
A: Definitely when George died, that was very sad. I also really liked when Meredith and Derek did the “post-it note” wedding; I thought that was really cute.
Q: You also mentioned that if you could be on one TV show it would be The Amazing Race. What would make you and your sister good competitors on that show?
A: I think we work well as a team. We get along really well. She’s a lot smarter than me so she’s the brains of the operations and I’m not afraid to be mean and would be more cutthroat.
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