Swimming World Presents “How They Train: University of Florida’s Robert Finke”

Swimming World July 2019 - How They Train - Robert Finke

How They Train: University of Florida’s Robert Finke

 By Michael J. Stott

As a 19-year-old, Robert Finke has compiled a heavyweight resumé. Standing 6-1 and weighing 165 pounds, the rising sophomore at the University of Florida is already an SEC champion in the 1650 yard free (14:23.01) and 400 IM (3:40.94) and an NCAA All-American, thanks to his 12th-place finish in the 1650 (14:42.75). For his SEC exploits, he was named Co-Male Swimmer of the Meet along with teammate Kieran Smith.

Finke has an impressive national and international resumé as well. A 2019 USA Swimming national team member, he placed third in the 1500 meter free (14:48:70) and tied for fifth in the 800 (7:52.57) in last August’s Pan Pac meet.

At the 2018 summer nationals, he logged a second in the 1500 (14:55.34), third in the 800 (7:51.45) and ninth in the 400 IM (4:15.79).

At the 2017 World Championship meet in Budapest, he ended up 21st in the 1500 (15:15.15) after recording summer national times of 15:01.31 (second) in the 1500 and 7:59.31 (sixth) in the 800.

While also still in high school, Finke was a two-time NISCA All-American and FHSAA champion in the 500 yard free and 200 IM. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, he was seventh in the 1500 after recording a 15:18.40.

Says his college coach, Anthony Nesty, “Robert is a very determined young man and a fierce competitor with a great attitude and work ethic. He is a great team guy and very supportive of his teammates. I anticipate he will be a great leader for us in the near future.”

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010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: RATKO RUDIC
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014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PREVIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
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020 SPECIAL SETS: WORKOUTS OF A WORLD CHAMPION
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043 Q&A WITH COACH ANTHONY NESTY
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROBERT FINKE
by Michael J. Stott

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013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—MULTI-EQUIPMENT PROGRAM FOR STRENGTH AND POWER
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JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: RAQUEL MALDONADO
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COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

022 OFFICIAL WORD

025 DID YOU KNOW? MARK SPITZ & PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND

030 2019 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT