GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Jacob Bieze: Getting into Duke was my proudest moment. Everyone was rooting for me at my high school and on my club team. Because my sister went here, I knew more about Duke than other people might have back home in Oregon. Knowing what I knew from Katie, I knew that this was a big deal and a fantastic opportunity.
GoDuke.com: What is the most misunderstood thing about swimming?
JB: The yardage aspect and that it's easy because it's a no gravity situation. I've had friends who will get in the water for rehab or something, and they'll do a 200 and be exhausted. That's like an eighth of our warm-up. It takes people actually jumping in the water and trying to do what we do to understand all the effort that goes into it.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete?
JB: The community of it. It's a special bond that you have. You go home and even going to your gym at home or going to swim at the pool, you have Duke Swimming and Diving on your shirt. People are really excited to meet a student-athlete at Duke because it is tough.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
JB: I really liked American Business History. Law and Politics was a good one too.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite spot on campus?
JB: Probably Cameron. I've been able to go to a couple of basketball games and that's been a really special experience, just to be in that atmosphere. It's also cool because I've been in a couple of classes with some of the guys on the team and it's really nice to be able to cheer them on in a more personal way.
GoDuke.com: Are there any words of wisdom you'd like to pass along to freshmen and future Blue Devils?
JB: Just take advantage of every opportunity you have and do look for groups outside of the student-athlete sphere. I think that's been really important for me, and I don't even think I've done it enough. There are so many ways to get involved on campus.
GoDuke.com: When did you first start swimming?
JB: I was seven when I started. Our family would all go through phases of sports - there were four of us kids so it was easiest if we all did the same sport at the same time.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
JB: My parents, for sure. They're always there for me. At Duke, there are a few pretty solid friends that I've made who have been really important in helping form me as a person while I've been here for four years.
GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
JB: I would invest half of it and the other half I would probably spend on a vacation.
GoDuke.com: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
JB: Either teleportation or shape-shifting.
GoDuke.com: What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
JB: Laundry. It's not the laundry, it's the folding.
GoDuke.com: If you weren't a swimmer, what other sport would you try?
JB: I ran cross country in high school and I really enjoyed that.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite restaurant in Durham?
JB: Hog Heaven.