Senior Caroline Van Maren has been swimming since she was seven
“I didn’t love it at first and my parents made me do it,” Van Maren said. “But I really got into it because I loved competing. It was fun to do and I was decent at it.”
Senior Kyle Moline has been swimming since he was five years old.
“Funny thing is I’m a twin and my twin brother started swimming for our summer club and I just sat and watched every day,” said Moline. “It got to the last week of the season and I thought ‘I want to try this’ so I got in for the last week and haven’t gotten out of the water since.”
Both Van Maren and Moline have had fairly similar paths through Seattle U as both are accounting majors and both have competed on the swim team all four years.
This summer, Van Maren will have an internship with Ernst & Young while Moline interns with PricewaterhouseCoopers. They both plan on coming back to Seattle U for one more year to earn their masters degrees in accounting. However, swimming is not in their immediate futures.
“I’ve smelled like chlorine for 10 years,” Moline said. “It’s time for something different, but it’s definitely something I’ll come back to.”
Van Maren and Moline actually swam together before they came to Seattle U. As a matter of fact, they swam for rival high schools in the area and even competed on the same club team for a couple years. They started dating during their junior year of high school.
“He asked me to TOLO [a high school dance] and our first date was to Chipotle,” Van Maren said.
Fast forward a few years to this past October, on a beautiful night atop the Space Needle. It was then that Moline proposed on the observation deck as they gazed upon the Seattle skyline.
The two swimmers plan on getting married this September.
Favorite Athlete: Seahawk Russell Wilson
Favorite Swim Event: 100m breaststroke
Favorite TV Show: House of Cards
Favorite Athlete: Swimmer Nathan Adrian and Seahawks Kam Chancellor
Favorite Swim Event: 100m butterfly
Favorite TV Show: The League