Senior Athlete of the Week: Tina Choinski

By Sterling Xie ’16

Name: Tina Choinski
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY (Long Island)
Sport: Track

Favorite Professional Athlete?

Derek Jeter

Favorite thing to do on campus besides our sport?

My favorite thing to do on campus is to hang out in Milbank with all of my suitemates! Also, the bowling club is pretty awesome.

How you got introduced to track?

I got introduced to track my freshmen year of high school.   I joined with a lot of my friends and I didn’t know what to expect since I had never ran competitively before.  I instantly fell in love with the competition and mid-distance racing.  I owe a lot to my high school coaches for helping me set goals, improve as an athlete, and giving me the support to pursue collegiate running. 

What attracted you to Hamilton’s T&F program?

Hamilton’s track and field program is a well-rounded great group of people.  We have athletes at a wide range of abilities that are all working hard to be their best! The coaches are there to support you and help you reach any level of running that you aspire to.  On top of that the T&F program is able to find a perfect balance between commitment to athletics and encouraging athletes to excel in academics. 

What is the toughest obstacle you have had to overcome in your athletic career?

The toughest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in my athletic career was trying to juggle being an athlete, while taking pre-med classes at the same time.  Both require an immense amount of time and effort.  It took a lot of time management (and some late night library sessions), but I’m so happy that I was able to do both!

How has the program evolved over the past four years?

The program has gotten stronger each year, with more athletes qualifying for States and other championship meets.  I’m excited for this year especially, we have a very strong freshmen class that had a lot of success this cross country season and I’m eager to see what they can do in track!  

Have you fulfilled your expectations for your senior season?

My goals for senior year include improving my 1000 and 800 times.  The record for the 1000 is 2:59 and I’m not too far away with a 3:03!   I need to work hard and train over winter break and throughout the upcoming season in attempt to break the record!

What was your favorite sports moment at Hamilton?

My favorite sports moment was running the 1000 and the 4x800 at ECAC’s at the Armory in NYC.  It was a track that I had competed at and loved in high school and it was great to return there and run my best time thus far in the 1000, 3:03.  It was also nice to have my family there to watch me race.  Also, it was amazing to be able to run in the relay with my teammates and have them run on a killer banked track.  ECACs is back at the Armory this year and I aspire to go for the 1000 and relay again!

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