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When I Was a Freshman - Jennie Finch

Softball superstar Jennie Finch was a member of the 2004 US Olympic Softball Team that won gold.
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By: Simon

Name: Jennie Finch
High School: La Mirada High School (La Mirada, CA)
Freshman Year: 1994-1995

Jennie Finch is one of the most popular female athletes in the world, but before this softball sensation was a member of the gold medal winning US Olympic Softball Team she was a member of the "Bomb Squad" at her high school. Kidzworld caught up with the California native and asked her what it was like being a freshman in high school.

Simon: What school did you attend for your freshman year of high school?
Jennie Finch: I went to La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California.

Simon: What were you like back then?
Jennie Finch: Super athletic. I played volleyball, basketball and softball. Pretty active in the school - pretty involved. I loved school, I loved the social atmosphere, and I loved competing. p>

Simon: What was a typical outfit you would wear?
Jennie Finch: Probably jeans and a tank top.

Simon: What musical artists did you listen to at the time?
Jennie Finch: Gosh, I’m not so much of a music person. Probably country and top 40 stuff.

Simon: What TV shows did you watch?
Jennie Finch: 90210 - that was my favorite. I loved Saved by the Bell reruns too (laughs).

Simon: What was your favorite class?
Jennie Finch: Um…oh man (laughs). I liked Spanish.

Simon: What was your least favorite class?
Jennie Finch: Math!

Simon: Did you eat the cafeteria food?
Jennie Finch: Typically I would eat at the cafeteria. And it would be not really healthy at all (laughs). It would be like Cheez-Its and a Coke.

Simon: Did you ever get detention?
Jennie Finch: Um…not that I can remember. I was a pretty good girl.

Simon: Describe your friends.
Jennie Finch: They are still my dearest friends to this day. They're a great group of girls, with great goals and great visions. We were all very active too. One of us was president, the other was vice president and another one was secretary treasurer. We were all best friends so it was fun. We were called the "Bomb Squad".

Simon: The Bomb Squad? Why is that?
Jennie Finch: I don't know, we just thought of that name one day and so that's what everyone referred to us as.

Simon: Who was your best friend from the Bomb Squad?
Jennie Finch: Jasmine and Bianca. They were twins.

Simon: What was your situation with the boys?
Jennie Finch: Um, you know I didn't really get into boys until my junior year of high school, when I had my first boyfriend. But for the most part I was always playing sports, so I was too busy for them!

Simon: Did you have a crush back them?
Jennie Finch: Um...gosh. Yeah (sighs). Mick Beck was his name. He played basketball and he was two years older than me, so we would cheer for him at the basketball games.

Simon: If you could do it all over again would you?
Jennie Finch: Oh definitely. I thought it was stressful back them, but I didn't even know what stress was. I wouldn't take it as serious, I guess, as far as the dressing and all of that good stuff.

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