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Girl of the Week

04/07/2011, 10:55am CDT
By Jessica Baltes

Q&A with Betsy from the SPT!

Betsy is a two-year veteran of the Swarm Performance Team. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and William Mitchell College of Law. She received her undergraduate in political science and now works as an attorney.

Betsy is newly married to her best friend and they have a hunting dog named Peanut. She enjoys traveling, skiing, cooking, baking, eating out, reading cookbooks and entertaining.

This is your second year on the Swarm Performance Team. What was it about the experience that made you want to come back?

Swarm is unique in that you feel like you are part of a family. I missed it during the off-season and was very anxious to try out again to be part of the SPT for another year.

Did you perform on your high school and college dance teams?

I grew up studying ballet only. When I went to college I danced for my college’s dance team and became one of the captains for my junior and senior years.

In addition to be on the Swarm Performance Team, you work as an attorney. What’s it like having two completely different jobs?

I feel very lucky to be able to use such different skills on a daily basis. The combination has taught me to be much more focused at whatever I am doing at that exact moment. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a day if you stay focused.

Do your friends and family come to many of the games to watch you perform?

Most of my family and friends originally came to support me and now have become Swarm fans. It’s such a contagious sport! I’m gonna nominate my husband as Swarm fan of the year.

You’re coming up on your one year wedding anniversary. Congrats! Do you any your husband have any big plans? Perhaps a nice vacation, since you like to travel?

We honeymooned in the rainforest, so now we’ll celebrate our first year anniversary in Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow. I’ve been counting down the days. Apparently there are giant sting rays and sharks just swimming around the lagoons. I hope I make it back in one piece.

A couple of your interests include cooking and reading cookbooks. Do you have any favorite meals to prepare?

I could talk about cooking all day long. I visited a restaurant in New York started by David Chang and it was the best meal I have ever eaten. We had to reserve months in advance and ended up eating at 5 p.m. to get a table. I’ve recently been experimenting with his recipes out of his cookbook called Momofuku. He’s a genius, and most of the recipes are an all day affair. I’ve had to find oriental specialty grocers to get some of the ingredients, which has been a blast.

Members of the SPT participate in a variety of appearances throughout the season. What has been the most memorable for you?

There was an event we volunteered for, for a little girl named Kate who suffers from Pfieffer syndrome, and that experience was by far the most memorable. It has been exciting being able to help through Swarm and raise awareness for causes.

There are only two home games left. What has been the highlight of the season for you?

The Swarm winning! I cannot wait to cheer them on into playoffs this year.

During the off-season, what do you do to keep in shape for performing? Do you take any dance classes?

I think I speak for the entire SPT when I say we’re all pretty active all year long. I like the P90X videos for strength building, Corepower yoga classes, and there’s a great hip hop dance class taught by a SPT alum.

The Swarm hits the road to take on the Washington Stealth this Saturday. Next Saturday the team returns home to battle the Philadelphia Wings during “Hive Cares Night.” What do fans have to look forward to from the SPT?

We’ve been lucky to be able to partner with Randy Shaver’s Cancer Research and Community Fund and help raise money for cancer research, so the game’s proceeds will go to this charity. It’s one reason why I love being part of the organization!

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