Athlete of the Week Archive

Nov. 18, 2005


Henry Holmberg

What is a typical day for you as a member of the UW Swim Team?
"I get up at 5:30 a.m. and come to practice at 5:50 a.m. and swim until about 7:20 a.m. Then I come home for a little while before going to school for the remainder of the morning. After that I come back to practice again at 3:00 p.m. until about 6 p.m. and then I grab some dinner and do my homework."

You get to go to San Diego for winter training this year. Do you enjoy going to winter training?
"Absolutely. I love winter training. Last year we went to Arizona and that was fun, but this year we get to go to the beach; we couldn't go to the beach in Arizona."

How has the season been going for you up to this point?
"It's been different this year. We're using a different training program than we did last season. We're swimming more yardage and we're a lot more broken down. We are also swimming through meets which is something we didn't do last year. Hopefully it will pay off at the conference championships."

What are some of your highlights so far this season?
"It felt great to break Chris Knaute's (reigning MWC swimmer of the year from Air Force) pool record at Denver in the 500 freestyle. He's a great guy, but I love breaking his records."

The men's team is young this year; even though you are only a sophomore, do you consider yourself to be leader?
"Well sort of. Our two captains, John Lynch and Ron Fogel are our leaders, but I think that some of the freshmen look to me as a leader."

You swam on three state championship teams in high school; what are some of the differences you see between your high school team and your college team?
"It is a lot different experience in high school because there were only four of us that trained all year and everyone else just thought of it as a three month sport. Here, everyone trains year-round and contributes to the program."

How did you end up with the nickname, Hank "The Tank" Holmberg?
"My parents originally called me Hank the Tank when I was younger because I was a big kid."