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Tim Lilja
Tim  Lilja


Mokena, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way East


Getting to Know Tim Lilja

Where were you born?
Mokena, Ill.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be...a Policeman. Now I want to be...a physical therapist.

What is your favorite movie?
The Matrix Trilogy. Dodging bullets, epic fight scenes, and people's brains hooked up into a system - what is there not to like?!

Why did you choose Michigan State University?
The campus looks amazing no matter what season it is. There are so many trees everywhere and the squirrels are pretty friendly. All my teachers have been pretty awesome, too.

Who is your favorite MSU athlete of all time?
My favorite athlete would have to be Steve Smith. He was an All-American basketball player and was played in the NBA. I think it is great that after his time with the San Antonio Spurs he still helped out Michigan State by donating so much money to help build a new academic center for all MSU student athletes.

Name one person living or dead, that you would most like to compete against?
I'd like to compete against Adolph Kiefer. I think the look on his face would be hilarious when he saw the top times in world now. He might even be more amazed at what type of suits swimmers are wearing now since he is the one who invented the nylon suit.

Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. What I've Done (Linkin Park)
2. Thanks for the Memories (Fall out Boy)
3. It's Not Over (Daughtry)
4. Hey There Delilah (Plain White T's)
5. Numb (Linkin Park)

Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
This would have to be the times we sang the fight song on the 10m diving platform and then jumped off - in 30 degree weather - fun times.

Green because there are so many cool things that are green. Grass is green, leaves are green, and the sky during a tornado is green.

If you had a superpower what would it be?
Telekinesis (the movement of objects using psychic powers). I think this power would be very useful when having to lift heavy objects, doing yard work, or even cleaning.

Sophomore Season: Swam his fastest time of the season in the 100 fly (50.86) at the TYR Invitational (11/22) ... Part of the 200 medley relay team that took third at the TYR Invite ... Took third in the 200 fly with a 1:57.60 vs. Ball State (12/13).

Freshman Season: Swam in nine meets as a true freshman...Best times of the year in the 100 fly (51.87) and 200 fly (1:54.28) came at the Big Ten Championships (2/28).

High School: Four-time letterwinner for coach Paul Desruisseaux ... Won conference and sectional championships in the 100 fly ... Three-time state qualifier ... Earned all-state status in medley relay ... Led Lincoln-Way East to a ninth place team finish as a senior ... Served as team captain ... Honor roll student all four years, including high honor roll honors as a freshman ... National Honor Society member ... Also earned two varsity letters in water polo.

Personal: Born Oct. 26, 1988 in Oak Lawn, Ill. ... Son of Michael and Monica Lilja ... Kinesiology major.

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