Getting to Know ... Christian Keil

Freshman Jaren Wilkey specializes in free, back and fly for the Cougars. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Q: What or who is your inspiration?

A: My family, Anthony Ervin, Muhammad Ali

Q: Something no one would guess about you is?

A: I was in choir for eight years

Q: What's your most extreme dream/goal?

A: I want to do ultimate fighting

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?

A: Coming to BYU

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: graduated, married

Q: How'd you get started in swimming?

A: My brother was on a rec league team, Southgate Penguins, and I wanted to do it too

Q: Why swimming?

A: No idea

Q: How did you spend your off-season?

A: I didn't have an off-season, I trained all year long

Q: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?

A: Just eat light and sometimes pray before my race

Q: Do you have a good luck charm? If so, what is it?

A: My Saint Christopher necklace

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Listen to music, hang out with friends, play other sports, football and basketball

Q: If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be?

A: Pieter van den Hoogenband, Muhammad Ali

Q: Who has had the greatest influence on your swimming career?

A: Greg Kubicki

Q: What do you appreciate most about Coach Powers, Crump or Russell?

A: How accepting they all are and how positive they are

Favorite cereal: Lucky Charms

Hero: Pieter van den Hoogenband

One place you'd like to visit: Russia

Favorite movie: Zoolander and Blow

Favorite book: Green Eggs and Ham

Toughest part of swimming: When there's not a meet for a long time and you're training, and keeping the big picture in mind

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