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Know your Blue Raiders: Kelsey Branstetter and Jessica Gilchrist

October 15, 2012 · @MTAthletics

Each week GoBlueRaiders.com will feature four Middle Tennessee Soccer student-athletes in a question and answer session.

In the week's first edition, GoBlueRaiders.com features sophomore defender Kelsey Branstetter from Highland Ranch, Colo., and senior goalkeeper Jessica Gilchrist from McKinney, Texas.

Kelsey Branstetter / Sophomore / Defender / Highland Ranch, Colo.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Baking and spending time with friends and family.

Q: What led you to decide to come to Middle Tennessee?

A: The connection between the girls and the athletic training program.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown?

A: How open it is and the view of the mountains.

Q: Who has made the biggest influence in your life?

A: My Mom.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: Make it to the NCAA tournament and compete for the league championship.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

A: The Melting Pot or Cheesecake Factory

Q: What is your favorite place on earth?

A: Vail, Colorado

Q: What is your dream job?

A: Athletic Trainer for a Professional Baseball Team (Colorado Rockies)

Q: What is your favorite weird food combination?

A: Cheeze-It and Nilla Waffers

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas

Jessica Gilchrist / Senior / Goalkeeper / McKinney, Texas

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Sand volleyball and painting.

Q: What led you to decide to come to Middle Tennessee?

A: The culture of Tennessee and also the chemistry between the players and coaches.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown?

A: My family and my pets are there. 

Q: Who has made the biggest influence in your life?

A: My parents and also Coach McGraw, who was my middle school coach.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: Be first in the league, win conference tournament and go further than the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?

A: I threw up In front of the entire 1st grade class

Q: What is your favorite quote? 

A: 'Everything happens for a reason.'

Q: What is your favorite drink?

A: Sweet Tea

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: When people smack while eating or chewing gum.

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