ROBERT FINKE IS MAKING THE MOST OF LESSONS LEARNED

Florida Swimming
Oct 25, 2018

Robert Finke is Making the Most of Lessons Learned

   By Mike Watkins//Contributor  | Thursday, October 25, 2018 

As a distance swimmer – spending many minutes in the water during competition – Robert Finke’s mind often wanders. 

He’s not quite sure where it goes. All he knows is that once he starts his races – and often even during his lengthy practices – his mind goes into memory darkness.

It enters The Void. 

“I never remember anything that I think about during my swims; it’s almost like I have temporary amnesia,” said Finke, a freshman at the University of Florida. “When I hit the wall, it’s like I have no memory of the last 15 or 16 minutes. But it’s OK. It works.”

His ventures into The Void are definitely working, especially the last couple of years. 

After a finals showing in the 1500 freestyle at 2016 Olympic Trials, Finke backed that up with a spot on the World Championship Team in 2017.  read more...