For the second time in his career at the College of Staten Island, Vladislav Romanov has been named CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month. The senior swimmer has excelled in the pool and in the classroom to the top of his level this month.
Romanov captured a 3.697 GPA in Business Management. After graduation, he is striving to be an entrepreneur. Romanov plans to intern with Apple Inc. this summer.
“I want to start off getting experience in the business field,” says the Russian born swimmer, “Hopefully I’ll start with Apple and continue in with marketing research and management in different organizations.” Romanov later wants to take his experience further, “Once I get more knowledgeable I’d like to open my own business.”
At the ECAC Open, he captured four gold place wins. In his specialty swim, Romanov captured 1st place in the 200 Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:49.97 and in the 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 49.83. He went on to grab a 3rd place finish in the 200 IM touching in at 1:53.85 which was a personal best for him and a NCAA B Cut qualifier. His team of Timur Rakihimov, Yury Zimarev and Danila Novikov captured 1st place in the 200 Yard Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay which were both NCAA B Cut qualifying times. His backstroke heat in the 400 Medley relay became a new CSI record and a new ECAC Record as he touched in at 49.58. The team also took 2nd in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:27.73.
Romanov later captured three first place wins against Brooklyn College in the backstrokes and 200 Medley Relay.
When he isn’t lifeguarding, giving swim lessons at the CSI pool or tutoring his peers, Romanov has thoughts of training for the 2016 Olympics.
“It would take lots and lots of time to combine work and practice so if I decide to do it I would most likely move to Florida or California to focus on it.”
“I feel honored to get this award for the second time it shows that people acknowledge all the time I put into both my academics and swimming,” stated the humble Romanov. “I’ve had such a great experience both academically and athletically. It’s been challenging but interesting and exciting all at the same time. I’m positive the skills that I have obtained over the years in both swimming and classes are going to help me in the future.”