Q: Tell us how you started swimming.
A: I started swimming when I was eight, mostly for therapeutic reasons because I had a really bad back. I got in the water and started to get a pretty good feel for it and just went from there.
Q: How did you decide on coming to CofC?
A: I took some recruiting trips to make my decision to come here. I looked at schools like Georgia Tech, Florida State, and UNCW. This was really the last trip that I took and I fell in love with the campus, fell in love with the team and it just felt right.
Q: What are you going to miss most about being a student-athlete at College of Charleston?
A: Definitely the closeness of the team. When I came in, we won conference my freshman year and that's something that I'm always going to cherish and remember. But the team that we have this year is special. We're much more united, much more of a family and that's something that I'm really going to miss.
Q: What's your major, and what do you plan on doing when you graduate?
A: I'm majoring in international business and I'd like to go back to Russia eventually, but I'd like to look for jobs in Charleston first, maybe some shipping jobs.
Q: How do you plan on finishing up your last semester as a swimmer here?
A: I'd like to help the team in conference and do everything I can to help the team towards our goals. We're getting close to the CCSA Championships now.
Q: When did you start swimming?
A: I started swimming when I was about nine years old. Some family friends were doing it and they convinced my parents to do it so it all started from there.
Q: How did you decide to come to CofC?
A: The senior captain on the team several years ago, swam on my club team with me. He was a big part in convincing me to come here.
Q: What has been your most memorable experience of being on the swim team and being a student-athlete at CofC?
A: My most memorable experience is probably yet to come in a week when we go and win that CCSA championship.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about living in Charleston?
A: Mostly just the lifestyle of everything being close and everyone being around. You can just go two blocks over and your friends are right there or three blocks over and the grocery store's right there. It's so nice how small the city is, but how much of a city it still is.
Q: What's your major and what do you plan on doing when you graduate?
A: My major is Business Administration with a concentration on Marketing, and I plan on going on to some sort of marketing or sales.