Pioneer Focus: Tim Collet

 

PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to freshman swimming and diving athlete Tim Collet for his record-setting performance in the last swimming and diving meet on Nov. 16-17 at the Ashland University Invitational.

At day one of the invitational, Collet finished third in the 200 individual medley by finishing with a school record time of 1:55.87, shattering the mark set last year of 1:58.27. He was also part of the four-man 400 medley relay that set another school record by finishing fifth with a time of 3:34.91. It topped the 3:36.02 that the same foursome set earlier this season.

Freshman Tim Collet prepares himself for the upcoming race on the starting blocks Oct. 26 at the victorious home meet against the University of Mount Union and Defiance College. Collet won the 1000 freestyle race over a Mount Union swimmer by just .24 seconds with a time of 10:08.80. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

On day two he set two more records in the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly. In the 400 IM he knifed through the water for his second place finish with a time of  4:12.13. The previous best was set earlier this year by Collet at 4:14.10. In the evening 200 butterfly, he swam an impressive 1:52.99 winning time, which shattered his school record of 1:57.34.

Get to know the freshman from Illingen, Germany…

Q: Favorite food?

A: It is called Haxe in Germany and you eat it with sauerkraut and bread. It is a meat at a bone.

Q: What is on your playlist?

A: My playlist has many artists, but I prefer to listen to David Guetta, a Swedish house mafia.

Q: Favorite athlete?

A: My favorite athlete as a swimmer is Michael Phelps. Apart from swimming my favorite athlete is Sebastian Vettel.

Q: Favorite aspect of swimming?

A: All people can run and all, or at least some people, can swim. All people can run fast but not every person who is able to swim can swim fast. And I like to be in the water; gives me a feeling of freedom because it is not a hard material.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend practicing?

A: 12 hours swimming , three hours dryland and two hours lifting.

Q: Who is your role model and why?

A: Andreas Waschburger because he worked hard, always believed in himself and participated at the Olympics.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: McDonald’s

Q: What is the best and worst part of college athletics?

A: Best part is the good combination between school and sport. I like the fact that all sports are college teams rather than clubs. Worst part is the early waking up each morning, 5:45 a.m.

Q: What did you eat at Thanksgiving?

A: Turkey and ham

Q: Facebook or Twitter?

A: Facebook

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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