Kristopher Tillery
 
Kristopher  Tillery

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Albuquerque, NM

High School:
La Cueva

Height:
6-0

Event:
Back/Free

06/28/2016

School record five named Academic All-American

Dahle, Faciszewski, Gebhart, Tillery and Zillweger honored for work in the classroom

PERSONAL BESTS

100 Back                                                 48.86

200 Back                                                 1:45.63

500 Free                                                  4:46.37

1650 Free                                                16:18.37

 

2015-16 (JUNIOR): Competed in three events…swam a personal best in the 100 back with a time of 48.86 the sixth fastest time in Air Force history…No. 1 on the team in the 200 back with a time of 1.45.63 earned all WAC honors for this event and second fastest Air Force time ever.

 

2014-15 (SOPHOMORE): Competed in six events…No. 1 on team in the 200 back (1:46.63/No. 5 Academy all-time)…No. 2 on team in 100 back (48.99/No. 5 Academy all-time)…earned his personal best in all six events...placed top eight in both backstroke events at the 2015 WAC Championships.

 

2013-14 (FRESHMAN): Competed in seven events … third on the team in both the 100 back (50.54) and the 200 back (1:49.22) … member of team’s second-fastest  200 medley relay (1:31.84) … member of the fifth fastest time on the team in the 400 medley relay (3:26.76).

 

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming...eight-time Albuquerque Metro Champion, leading La Cueva to back-to-back New Mexico State Championships...state record-holder in the 400 free relay...team captain as a senior...high school swim coach was Vince Sanchez...swam club for Vipers of Albuquerque Swim Team (VAST), coached by Gordy Westerberg...NCSA junior nationals qualifier.

 

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 12...son of Gary and Julie Tillery...has three siblings.....person in history he’d most like to meet is Ronald Reagan...something not many people know about him is that he’s a triplet...credits his family as having the biggest influence on his sports career...most noteworthy thing about his hometown is it hosts the biggest balloon fiesta...pre-race ritual is to wear his lucky shoes...favorite quote: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.’ - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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