WHY USAFA?: "I chose USAFA because I feel like I fit in with the people and the lifestyle very well. I have wanted to be in the military since I was five or so and decided that I would see about going to college at the same time. It just fit very well overall."
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Golden Senior High School...received leadership and citizenship awards during both sophomore and junior years...competed at the club level for 5280 Gymnastics, the home of Alexander "Sasha" Artemev...coached by Vladimir Artemev and Roman Gryshayev...advanced to the second day of floor exercise competition at the 2010 Nationals...member of the 2010 Region IX team...placed 91st in the all-around at the 2010 national championships.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nicholas William Schwab...goes by Niko...son of William (Tripp) and LeAnne Schwab...has one younger sister, Katya...majoring in chemical engineering...hobbies include fly fishing, archery, target shooting (rifle and pistol) and skydiving...likes to partake in high-adrenaline activities...grandfather served in the military...also has an aunt, uncle and cousin that are in the military...favorite event is the floor exercise, because "I get to be explosive and powerful, and it's a great chance to `fly high'. It is also a fine balance of strength and agility that is hard to find, and the challenge of doing so is exciting"...member of Cadet Squadron 06.