By Jenna Kingsley
Andrew Wilson is a junior on the Emory men’s swimming and diving team. Hailing from Bethesda, Md., he is part of a family of athletes; his mother was a gymnast at Yale and his sister swam at Northwestern. He was named a University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Oct. 18 meet against UNC-Wilmington.
The Emory Wheel: How long have you been swimming?
Andrew Wilson: I probably started swimming when I was four years old.
EW: How did you get into competitive swimming?
AW: I swam summer league when I was a kid, and I did that until I was 18. I also swam in high school.
EW: Do you ever get tired of the water?
AW: I get tired of the chlorine. It dries out your skin. Other than that, not really.
EW: Do you have a pre-game ritual?
AW: Yeah – I usually get to the pool pretty early and do a lot of stretching and listen to music; I don’t really talk much. For warm up, during the season for dual meets, [Head Coach Jon Howell] gives an assigned warm up. But during the big meets, I’ll do my own warm up.
EW: Favorite stroke?
EW: Least favorite stroke?
AW: Backstroke. I can’t swim backstroke.
EW: Favorite and least favorite event?
AW: My favorite is the 100 breast and least favorite is the 500 free.
EW: Pump-up song?
AW: It usually changes from year-to-year. Right now, it’s probably “Rap God” by Eminem. But I also listen to a lot of M83.
EW: Speedos or jammers?
AW: Definitely speedos.
– By Jenna Kingsley, Social Media Editor and Special Sections Editor