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Arthur Kiselnikov

Arthur Kiselnikov

Men's Swimming & Diving / Free, Fly / First Year / Parkdale, Victoria, Australia

Major: Economics

Arthur Kiselnikov is a first-year swimmer on the UChicago men's swimming and diving team. Kiselnikov made his collegiate debut in a dual meet at Wheaton College over the weekend. The Maroon rookie won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.33) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.88). He was also part of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Head Coach Jason Weber: "Arthur has dominated any race he has taken part in during practice and our first meet, making a huge impact on our team and providing valuable speed in the sprint fly and free events. During practice these first few weeks, Arthur has posted times that would rank among the best in Division III, so it was fun to watch him make it official this past weekend with more impressive performances by winning both his individual events. Arthur’s 100 fly spit in the 400 medley relay was the fastest in-season fly split posted in our team’s history and his lead-off 100 free on the last relay is among the fastest in Division III."

Teammate Scott Wu: "Arthur brings a ton of energy and speed to our team, which recently graduated a couple of key sprinters. Despite his clear talent, he exhibits an unparalleled work ethic, and is one of the most humble guys I've swam with here at UChicago. As an international student-athlete, he has made the transition to life and athletics here in Chicago seem effortless, and has already become very well-liked and respected. His times also speak for themselves; he's already atop the team, conference, and Division III in a couple sprint events, and has begun to show some versatility in off-events as well. I can't wait to see how his season and career here at UChicago progress. I'm very glad he's a Maroon and look forward to spending my last year at UChicago with him and the rest of this year's amazing team."

Kiselnikov Quick Facts

  • In his free time, Arthur enjoys editing videos for YouTube), listening to music, and sleeping and resting after difficult practices.
  • Arthur was born in Russia, but has never been back since.
  • Arthur writes who/what he's competing for in his swim cap, which changes from competition to competition.


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