Prior Lake senior Kyle Robrock is focused on becoming a state champion in the Class 2A boys' swimming state meet the first weekend in March.
Robrock was the state runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke a year ago behind Mounds View senior Jim Rafter. He also tied for seventh place in the 50 freestyle. Here is a closer look at Robrock:
The best movie I've seen in the last year? "Super Troopers."
Three songs I never skip on my iPod are ... "Fire by Sleeping" by Sirens; "Clush" by Isles and Glaciers; "Just Keep Breathing" by We Came As Romans.
Three words or phrases my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Motivated; dedicated; happy.
How did you get started in swimming? When I was 2 years old we put an in-ground pool in my back yard. My mom was a synchronized swimmer through college and my dad swam at Kenyon College. They both had a love for the sport of swimming so they taught me everything they knew. My brother Craig, who is in eighth grade now, could jump off the diving board and swim to my mom as soon as he learned how to walk. I started Black Dog Swimming when I was 6 and I guess it took off from there.
What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? My most memorable moment is getting my first school record on the 200-yard medley relay team. I did backstroke, Alex Card did breaststroke, Kyle Ocshner did the butterfly and Joe Fleck did freestyle. We got this record at sections my ninth grade year with a time of 1:40.41.
At my first varsity practice, I ... felt like a little kid because everyone else was so much bigger than me. I was the smallest on the team for my eighth and ninth grade years.
What did you work on in the offseason? I train with Black Dog Swimming under head coach Rocky O'Neill and assistant coach Jim Andersen. I swim in the summer twice a day three days a week, and once a day the other three days (minus Sunday). In the fall, I train once a day for two hours with Black Dog Swimming as well.
What are your goals for the remainder of the swimming season? I hope to become an All-American in one or both my events. Last year I got All-American consideration and missed getting All-American by seven people. I also would like to be state champion in both of my events. As far as team records go, I would like to get the records for Prior Lake in the 200 medley relay, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and maybe even the 400 freestyle relay.
What is your favorite meal prior to a meet? A baked potato with extra butter from Wendy's.
I know I have an edge on an opponent when ... I know my parents are in the stands cheering me on.
In 10 years, I hope I'm ... either a swim coach or a zoologist.
Do you have a secret talent -- and if so, what is it? Umm ... I can roll my tongue in a wave-like motion.
What is the best sports advice you ever received? "Look outside the state of Minnesota because there are faster swimmers all across the nation." - Rocky