Crissy Ahmann is a former Arizona Swimming letterwomen from 1988-1992.
Oct. 16, 2008
Where Are They Now? Crissy Ahmann - Perham
Crissy Ahmann is a former Arizona Swimming letterwomen from 1988-1992, who participated in the 1992 Olympics and won gold for the 400m free relay preliminaries, gold for the 400m medley relay, and silver for the 100m butterfly.
Crissy currently resides in Tucson, Arizona after moving away for a short period of time. Her and her husband Charlie, a Lt. Cornel in the Air Force, have two sons, Alex (15), a freshman at Salpointe and Ryan (7). After Crissy graduated she was a PE teacher and a swim coach. Crissy is currently a stay at home mom enjoying her family time and raising two swimmers. Below are some questions that the A-Club asked Crissy:
Q: What was your favorite memory about the University of Arizona?
A: My favorite memory at the University of Arizona was when I won the National Championship meet for the 100 fly in 1991. That is what set me to make the Olympic team a year later. Coach Busch and the other coaches believed I could do it and encouraged me along the way.
Q: How was it swimming for the University of Arizona?
A: It was a DREAM. I loved every minute of it!! It changed my life forever. The coaches were a great influence and I am proud to say that I went to the U of A.
Q:What was your Olympic experience like in 1992?
Q:How did swimming prepare you for your life today?
A: It was only my third international meet, but I was the captain. I was "wide eyed" and "shocked" just like anyone would be but I had to remember that I was a captain and stay grounded to be a leader for a young team. It was just like what you see on television. It was an amazing experience.
A: I have to give all the credit to Coach Frank Busch and his staff on how they operate the program with such personal integrity and positive atmosphere. They taught us that it was first important to be a good person and second to be a good athlete. It was a very good family atmosphere. Both the coaches and the staff told me that I could always do better. If I did not get the best grades MaryAnn Schievonne, in academics, stayed on top of me making me achieve my full potential. Swimming is secondary in my life and does not define who I am but I carry on what I learned on the deck.
Q:How did it make you feel when the Swimming and Diving won the NCAA Championship meet?
A: O MY GOSH!! I was there and was so excited. I knew some of the officials so I had the privilege to go on the deck but as the tournament went on the security got much stricter and I had to go back to my seat. Once the girls saw me sitting they wanted me to join them on the deck but I did not have a pass that would allow me. One of the girls threw me her pass and I was able to get on the deck and celebrate the win with them. I even got to hold the trophy. I was so excited for them and happy that I could share it with them. The current Swimming and Diving team represents the program very well. They are very unselfish and I love that I have been a part of the University of Arizona's Swimming and Diving program.
Crissy is a proud Arizona A-Club member and is an extremely proud believer in what Arizona Athletics has to offer. We are happy to have her back in town.
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