Mary Washington senior men’s swimmer Tyler Gimple is a mathematics major who enjoys watching DC sports teams and visiting his favorite beach in North Carolina. He has strong opinions on the economy and taxation, and offers a worldly view on a number of current issues. Gimple and the Eagles return to the pool this weekend at the Gettysburg Invitational. INTRODUCING … Tyler Gimple.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I began swimming for my local summer league team when I was five years old. After a couple of seasons with my summer team, my parents signed me up for CYAC, a year-round team in my hometown. I swam with CYAC each year from third grade until I graduated from high school. I also swam for my high school team beginning in eighth grade.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
My major in college is mathematics. The most important thing I’ve learned from my major is that math is truly the basis of the sciences. Physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and many others are entirely based upon math.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the Hurley Convergence Center because it provides an environment to study for an upcoming test, complete homework, meet with friends, or simply relax. Its comfortable layout and colorful aesthetics make it easy to avoid stress.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My favorite place to visit is Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My family and I have visited Wrightsville Beach every year since I was born. I really love it there not only because of the beautiful scenery, and plethora of activities, but because it was the one time each year that my whole family would be together without a busy schedule.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
Other than my team I have been an assistant coach for a summer league team in Charlottesville, Virginia. Coaching swimming is an extremely rewarding activity because you have the opportunity to share your love and passion for the sport with other people.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
My most memorable experience during my collegiate career was probably my first Capital Athletic Conference Championship meet. Having never competed in the meet before, I really did not know what to expect. I was on a new team, I had trained differently than I had in high school, and I had different in season times from high school. At the meet I had 100% lifetime bests and was able to help my team to another CAC championship. I was really happy that all the work I had put in all season paid off.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
The most influential people in my life have probably been my coaches. Many of my coaches have made the effort to get to know their swimmers as people beyond the sport and have been willing to help out in any other aspect of life. They also taught me that success in life could only be attained through hard work and relentless effort.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
I think the most important societal issues facing college students is the economy. Many students are worried about the struggling economy as it applies to finding a job after graduation as well as being able to pay off student loans. The transition from college to the “real world” can be extremely daunting towards college students and is oftentimes a source of stress. The struggling economy and lack of good paying jobs for young people after graduation is a huge problem in the minds of college students.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
I would change the way our country works as it applies to the taxation of money. There is enough money in our country among the top 1% to pay for health care for everyone, to help reduce costs of public universities, and to help reduce poverty in the United States. Many wealthy individuals and companies exploit our tax laws in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. I would like to impose stricter tax laws especially for the extremely rich in our country.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
My favorite form of entertainment is watching sports. I love to watch the professional sports teams in Washington, D.C.: The Redskins, the Wizards, the Capitals, and the Nationals, as well as world class swimming. I enjoy watching sports to see the abilities of professional athletes who dedicate their lives to their love of a sport.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
My advice to elementary school children would be to always listen to their parents because they know best and while it may not always seem like it, they truly do have your best interests in mind.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
My favorite sports team is the Washington Nationals. I have been a Nationals fan since the team relocated to Washington D.C. from Montreal in 2005. The Nationals were among the worst teams in baseball for the first few years of existence. Since 2012 the team has won three NL east division titles and has been among the best teams in the league. While the Nationals have still not advanced past the first round of the playoffs, I always enjoy watching the team’s growth and success. Having been a fan for their entire existence, it feels like I am a part of their growth and success.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
Paul Tudor Jones, President Obama, Albert Einstein.
Paul Tudor Jones is an American Hedge fund manager and billionaire. It would be incredible to learn how he was able to accrue such tremendous wealth from exchanges in the markets.
President Obama - to learn how as a young black child raised by a single parent in Chicago, he was able to become so highly educated and become president of the United States. Additionally to learn what his true visions were and what he would have done had he had total control of our country.
Einstein - in order to learn how as a German immigrant before the invention of any advanced technology he was able to postulate the many theories that have been proven and reaffirmed to this day. For example, Einstein postulated, in the early 20th century, that it is physically impossible for a particle to travel faster than the speed of light. CERN’s large hadron collider, a nine billion dollar particle accelerator, confirmed this theory in the last five years.