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Q-and-A with Mike O’Malley, Sandburg swimming

Mike O'Malley Sandburg. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

Mike O'Malley, of Sandburg. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

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Updated: March 19, 2013 6:14AM



Mike O’Malley, of Sandburg swimming, swam on three relay teams at the 2012 state meet, and this season won the 100-yard freestyle at the SouthWest Suburban Blue meet.

How did you get started swimming?

When I was 4 or 5, my mom took me to swim lessons and the guy who was teaching me told me I should go to age group.

What about swimming do you like the most?

You can always keep doing better and better. You could always get a better time. You’re never done.

How much did you watch the Olympics?

I watched most of the events — the events I swim. It’s really amazing they can be that fast and they’re only in their mid-20s.

Have you decided on a college?

I’m going to wait until after state to figure that out. I’m looking at Lewis, Ball State and Carthage.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I like movies, but I don’t really follow the actors that much.

Who would be your celebrity prom date?

Mila Kunis. She’s just beautiful.

Who’s the one person you’d like to meet?

Michael Jordan. I know he didn’t make his high school team and he was the best NBA player ever. He’s really inspiring to everyone. I would just like to learn a little from him.

Favorite music/artist?

Hip-hop. Drake.

Favorite sports team?

The Blackhawks. They’re always competitive. You can see they haven’t let down and they’re always in the mix. I watch them on TV. I haven’t gone to games because of swimming.

What will you remember most about your high school years?

All the great teammates. I met a lot of new people. I never thought I’d meet that many. Sandburg has been a great place to go to school.

As told to Tim Tierney



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