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Fierce Friday with Christian Strycker

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UA Swim and Dive meets the Beyhive

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Being old, fat, and possessing the deft choreography of an earthworm on a hot sidewalk, watching UA Swim’s Christian Strycker break out Bey’s Coachella dance moves pulled three muscles and aggravated my sciatica. But, man, is it amusing.

From (of all places) Buzzfeed:

OMG, A Swimmer Did Beyoncé’s Coachella Choreography Before A Race And It Slays

Christian Strycker, a 19-year-old college swimmer, was getting ready for his race this weekend in Auburn, Alabama when he decided to bust out some Beyoncé-approved moves before his race.

Christian, who says he’s “the biggest Beyoncé fan,” told BuzzFeed that this was the first time he danced before a race, and he did it because “it’s super fun” and to “get the adrenaline going.”

He also said his “teammates totally support it” and they too “get hype from it.”

And yeah, the Beyoncé-inspired warmup worked: Christian placed sixth overall and finished with a season-best time.

Strycker is a true freshman from Richmond. The nursing major has already accumulated some pretty impressive finishes in his first season at the Capstone:

Finished 3rd in the 1,650 freestyle and 4th in the 200 butterfly at the Auburn University Invitational … scored against Ohio State in the 1,000 freestyle (5th) … also competed in the 500 freestyle against Ohio State … took top honors at the FSU/Miami tri-meet in the 1,650 freestyle … also scored in the 200 butterfly at the FSU/Miami tri-meet (5th) … finaled at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in the 1,650 freestyle (10th) … scored at Auburn in the 1,000 freestyle (4th) … also competed in the 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle at Auburn … scored against Florida in the 200 butterfly (5th) … also competed in the 500 freestyle against Florida … opened the season by taking top honors at Delta State in the 1,000 freestyle … also scored in the 200 butterfly (2nd) and the 500 freestyle (2nd) at Delta State.