Kristian Rinkus - Men's Swimming

Kristian Rinkus - Men's Swimming

Q and A with Marlin of the Week Kristian Rinkus

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University athletic department showcases a question and answer feature with our Marlin of the Week. The 10th student-athlete selected this year is men's swimming freshman Kristian Rinkus.

Rinkus, fresh off the men's soccer season, took to the pool against Roanoke College and won the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 52.08 seconds. He beat his Maroon competition by just .58 seconds. It was the lone event victory for the Marlins on Saturday.

1. Why did you choose Virginia Wesleyan University?

I chose Virginia Wesleyan because of its small school atmosphere and great soccer reputation. When I found out they were going to have a swim team this year, I knew I wanted to be a part of that as well.

2. How did it feel to win the 100 yard freestyle in your first meet of the season?

It was awesome. Stepping off the soccer field last week and diving into the pool was quite different. I wasn’t as confident as I usually am because I hadn’t spent as much time in the pool. We will all improve our times as the season progresses. I am looking forward to the upcoming meets.

3. How has your soccer experience from the fall conditioned and prepared you for the swim season?

Soccer is a very endurance-driven sport, but in past years I feel it has been swimming that has conditioned me for soccer. This year was different with soccer coming first. I have been training and conditioning with the soccer team since last summer. Coach Mills and Coach Ginder have pushed me hard to ensure I was ready.

4. What are your aspirations after graduation?

I hope to get a job in the information technology field. Right now I am still a freshman, so things could change.