Getting to Know Kayla Kalmbach
Where were you born?
Grand Rapids, Mich.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be...an architect. Now I want to be a chemical engineer!
What is your favorite movie?
The Court Jester or The Holiday
Why did you choose Michigan State University?
I chose MSU because of it's positive reputation and great academics.
Who is your favourite MSU athlete of all time?
Domata Peko for his amazing 74 yard touchdown return of Chad Henne's fumble to tie the game against Michigan in 2005.
Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. Mack the Knife
2. You and I Both
3. Many the Miles
5. No Such Thing
Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
Lineups off 10m for the first time or slip n' slide off the 5m.
GREEN or WHITE???
GREEN! White's more of a shade than a color really...
Where is the most exciting place you've trained?
Sydney, Australia in the pool from the 2000 Olympics with coach Chava Sobrino and 2008 Olympic 10m platform champion, Matthew Mitcham.
Junior Season: Qualified for NCAA Zones on the one and three-meter boards when she took 18th on the one-meter ... Scored a 292.13 on the three-meter board to take third place as well as a 250.95 on the one-meter to take fifth vs. Illinois (10/16) ... Had a pair of sixth-place finishes at the TYR Invitational (11/21) ... Competed at the Big Ten Championships ... Season high on one-meter board was 262.5 and 295.65 on the three-meter board.
Sophomore Season: Academic All-Big Ten honoree...Posted a season-high score of 239.60 as well as a sixth-place finish on the one-meter board at PSU (11/9)...Earned a pair of third-place finishes at St. Bonaventure (11/8) one the one meter (223.13) and three meter (230.40)...Competed at the Big Ten Championships.
Freshman Season: Competed on one-meter boards in five dual meets ... Added three-meter diving appearance versus Ball State (12/9) ... Posted season-high one-meter score of 202.05 against Michigan (10/25).
High School: Earned four varsity letters in diving under former MSU diving graduate assistant Anne Williamson at East Grand Rapids ... Academic All-American also earned MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Honors ... Also a four-year letterwinner in track ... Owns the East Grand Rapids record for long jump ... Received all-conference award ... Elected captain of the track team as a junior and senior ... A member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born June 10, 1988 ... Daughter of Kevin and Deb Kalmbach ... Chemical engineering major.