Tim West joined the Blue Hens in 2011 and made an immediate impact on the University of Delaware swimming program. As a freshman, West broke into Delaware’s all-time records with top 10 times in the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley, and the 400 individual medley.

As a sophomore, West was a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee and earned the UD Team Most Improved Award.

His junior season was highlighted by three top 20 finishes at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. This season, the senior’s best performance was a second place finish in the 100 butterfly against Georgetown.

West has also excelled outside of the pool as the Glen Allen, Va. native is an honors student majoring in biomedical engineering and a member of the National College Athletes Honors Society.

1. What is your major? Career Aspirations?
I am a Biomedical Engineering major. I’m graduating in May and want to enter the medical device industry – designing, manufacturing, or testing medical devices.
 
2. What is your favorite class?
I’m currently looking forward to my Medical Imaging class this semester, but my favorite class I’ve taken was Interdisciplinary Senior Design. It was challenging and rewarding to apply my engineering and computer science skills to a real project.
 
3. Three words to describe yourself?
Analytical, compassionate, calm.
 
4. Most memorable moment as a member of the Blue Hens?
During a hard week of training this past December, the men’s team was desperate to avoid another hard freestyle set. After begging throughout the entire warmup, the coach offered a deal: we’d skip the rest of the practice if every swimmer did a backflip off of the 5-meter platform. It was a terrifying ordeal for some, but after enough volunteers and peer pressure, every man jumped.

5. The best nickname on the team?
“Greg the leg.” The coach made this nickname in reference to Greg “the leg” Zuerlein, a professional football player known for his long field goal kicks.The nickname was given sarcastically during one of the first practices of the year as our Greg suffered through a kick set in the outdoor pool. It’s a random nickname, which is exactly why it suits him well.
 
6. Who is the funniest guy on the team?
Everett Albert.
 
7. What do you like to do on your spare time?
“Spare time” doesn’t actually exist for a student-athlete engineering major, but over the holidays I like relaxing with family and my girlfriend or playing video games.
 
8. Favorite meal?
My favorite main dishes usually have shrimp or crab, and my favorite dessert is cheesecake.
 
9. Who is your favorite musical artist?
Fun. They had a great concert in the Bob Carpenter Center a few years ago right before they won a Grammy for Best New Artist.
 
10. What is your game-day playlist?
I actually prefer to talk to my teammates to stay relaxed during a meet, but if I did I’d probably listen to something like Porter Robinson or Skrillex.
 
11. What's one song or artist on your iPod that nobody would know you had?
I used to have the song “Love Me Sexy” from a Will Ferrell movie because I got it for free.
 
12. What superpower would you want, or what superhero would you want to be?
I’d want to have the ability to time-travel. You can answer and ask so many interesting questions, like “when will we have self-driving cars?” or “will I regret this Chinese food tomorrow?”
 
13. What is your favorite vacation spot?
My family enjoys adventurous vacations, so I’d say our trip to Peru in 2003 is my favorite so far.
 
14. Your all-time favorite movie?
The Sword in the Stone.
 
15. What cartoon character would you be?
Linus from Peanuts.
 
16. Any hidden talents?
I enjoy beating notoriously difficult video games like the Dark Souls series.I also used to play the French Horn.
 
17. What are your biggest pet peeves?
Peck-typing on a keyboard, sleeping in until noon, slow email responses.
 
18. Favorite TV show or program?
Ninja Warrior.
 
19. What are three things that are on your bucket list?
Travel to New Zealand, visit a Penny Arcade Expo, be part of someone’s life-changing moment.
 
20. Do you have any pets?
No, but I used to have a Guinea Pig.
 
21. Favorite toy as a kid?
The Super Nintendo.
 
22. What is your dream car?
Tesla, but any useful all-electric vehicle would probably count.
 
23.  Favorite professional sports team?
I grew up in Richmond, Va. and didn’t inherit any teams from my parents, so I actually don’t have a favorite.
 
24. Who is your favorite athlete?
I don’t really have a favorite athlete either.
 
25. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Russell Crowe.
 
26. Any superstitions? 
Nope! The less I have to worry about on race day, the better.

27. If you could have a dream date, what would it be?
A night out with my girlfriend.
 
28. What is your favorite book?
The Count of Monte Cristo. I disliked it when we were required to read it in high school, but I came to really appreciate it later on.
 
29. What is your worst habit?
I tend to sniffle a lot, especially after a practice in the pool. I can never remember to bring tissues.
 
30. Give a talent that you would most like to have.
I wish I was fluent in other non-English languages. I’m decent at Spanish but don’t have the time to practice. Language opens a lot of doors for new friendships and travels that can’t be experienced as an English-speaking tourist.
 
31. Who would you like to trade places with for the day?
Larry Page, the CEO of Google. I think if anyone can predict the future, he can. I’d probably make a few nominal bank transfers as well.