Ryan Elmquist, Men's Basketball, Class of 2011

What is your major?
Computer Science

What is it about your field of study that intrigues you?
The applications of the things we study to solve real problems

Favorite athletic moment at Caltech?
Both our overtime games last year were very exciting.

People will be surprised to know . . .
Not sure

Describe your sport in 3 words?
Competitive, challenging, fun

Describe your coach in 3 words?
Intense, intelligent, personable

What goes through your head as you are "at match point", at the free throw line, during a race, etc.?
How much homework I have to do later.  No, just kidding. I usually try to just focus on making the shot and don't end up thinking about much else.

Favorite SCIAC school to compete against?
Redlands

Favorite part about being a student-athlete at Caltech?
The challenge of balancing school and sports (and sleep)

What teammate has inspired you the most?
Matt's competitiveness is contagious

Favorite book?
Harry Potter

Favorite food?
Steak

If you could go to any sporting event what would it be?
Final four

Best part about living in California?
The weather! I'm from Minnesota so nothing beats California winters.

If you could bring anything from your hometown what would it be?
I'd try to bring some snow back to make the California winters feel a little more like home, but I guess that'd be pretty hard to do.

If you had no schoolwork what would you do all day?
Hang out with friends

In 10 years, I'll be . . .
No idea

Nike or Adidas?
Adidas

Who is your favorite athlete at Caltech, any sport?
Travis.  He's always fun to watch because no one ever wants to guard him.

What TV show do you have to watch each week?
The Office

If you hadn't come to Caltech where would you be now?
University of Minnesota

What story would you tell your children about Caltech Athletics?
Hopefully the one where we break our sciac losing streak

What makes you laugh the most?
How silly people get when they've been staying up for a long time working on a problem set

Where do you get your motivation from when things get tough?
My family is always there to help when things get tough

Best thing about Caltech?
The size and the personal attention from the amazing people here that it allows you

What would you like to achieve most in your life?
Happiness I suppose

What have you learned about yourself through competing as a student-athlete?
I perform best when I'm challenged

Favorite video game?
Halo 3

If you could change one thing about Caltech what would it be?
A little less homework in order to get a little more sleep

What is your favorite pitch to hit . . . to throw, favorite play, shot etc.?
It's always fun to hit a 3 pointer