What Is Nic Fink’s Job

Published 09/27/2023, 6:27 AM EDT

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After the successful conclusion of the World Swimming Championship in Fukuoka, Japan, the focus has shifted to the Swimming World Cup. The competition is set to take place in three distinct locations. Europe will host the Three Meetings World Series, commencing in Berlin on October 6, then moving to Athens, and concluding in Budapest.

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Swimmers around the world are gearing up to make a name for themselves while bringing glory to their respective nations. The event will also follow the tradition of meetings happening on the long course (50-meter pool) rather than the regular one, i.e., the 25-meter course.

With everything in place, American dreams will be led by Nic Fink, who is also considered to be a specialist in breaststroke events. Fink brings a wealth of experience to his professional career and boasts numerous titles as well. More so, the New Jersey native also sent a statement in August when he won the 50-meter breaststroke heat with an impressive time of 26.74 seconds, securing victory by a mere 13 hundredths of a second during the US Trials.


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The US swimming prodigy will be landing in Europe with all the guns blazing in a spell to take the swimming world by storm. But there is very little talk about one of his personal lives, and that too is his entrepreneurial endeavors. Here is a panoramic view of his personal life, his side hustle, and more.

Olympic swimmer Nic Fink’s education and job background

Nicolas Fink was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on July 3, 1993. He went to the Pingry School and later transitioned to the University of Georgia. He completed his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Interestingly, he completed his alma mater while training for the competitive meets and balanced both roles perfectly.

More so, when he carved history after the triple championship victory at the 2022 Fina Short Course World Championships, he submitted his final school assignment just hours before the 100 breast final. Apart from being a successful swimmer, Fink is also a well-established “9-5 guy” and works as a full-time engineer for a utility company. To be more precise, he is an assistant project manager at Quanta Utility Engineering Services, where he’s worked since March.


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Nic Fink balancing his ‘side hustle’ while doing a 9-5 engineering job

After finishing fifth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 200-meter breaststroke, Fink was uncertain about his swimming career, and this led him to continue his master’s degree. Even after he won some remarkable titles, like the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Championships, the American prodigy did not let go of his engineering pursuits. Fink is well-versed in balancing a demanding swimming schedule with his academic studies, a skill he has honed over the years. To balance both roles, the Olympian has meticulously scheduled his time.

He wakes up at 5:30 am and goes for a two-hour swimming training, and then after having his breakfast, the pro swimmer heads for the office. As he sometimes reaches the office a bit late, he makes sure to leave the place at last. During his afternoon swimming sessions, he departs at 1:30 and heads straight to the pool for training. Fink returns home around 5:30 p.m., spends time with his wife, and then retires to bed at 9:30 p.m. He has also developed the habit of getting used to this schedule.

Fink set to compete at the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup 2023

Now the American swimming phenom will head to Berlin to begin his World Cup pursuits. Champions Kristof Milak, Thomas Ceccon, Adam Peaty, Chad Le Clos and Nic Fink are set to compete against the defending 2022 Swimming World Cup overall winner, Dylan Carter. Last year, the competition for the men’s overall title was fiercely fought between Carter and Fink, with only a slim margin of 0.3 points separating the Trinidadian and American talents. He will be looking for redemption this year, and this world series’ results will also impact the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2024 World Aquatics Championships.

Nic Fink’s Olympic and swimming achievements so far

Fink came into the limelight when he was placed eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke during the 2013 FINA World Championships. In the same year, Fink represented Team USA in the duel in the pool against the European All Stars, where he achieved fifth place in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. He won a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

During the 2015 World Cup, he was able to secure a silver 100-meter breast meet. During the 2019 Pan American Games, Fink recorded a split time of 58.57, contributing to Team USA’s victory, where they set a new game record and clinched the gold medal with a time of 3:30.25.


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His big win came during the 2022 World Championships. In the 50-meter breaststroke, he secured a gold medal by narrowly defeating the Italian swimmer Martinenghi with a time of 26.45. This achievement not only set an American record but also marked Fink as the first American man to win gold in the 50-meter breaststroke. He added another feather to his crown when he won the gold in the 4×100 mixed medley relay heat at the same event. In the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, there was a twist during the 100-meter breaststroke finals when Fink, Kamminga, and Marinenghi all shared the 2nd position with a time of 58.72, 1.03 seconds behind Qin.


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In the 50-meter breaststroke, he won the silver medal after clocking a sensational time of 26.59. Later,  the swimmer also helped his country win the bronze medal in the mixed 400-meter medley relay. In the 400-meter medley relay, Fink played a crucial role by delivering a strong split of 58.03 in the breaststroke leg, helping to maintain the United States’ lead. The rest of the team performed well, and as a result, the US men secured their first relay gold of the meet and set a championship record in the process.

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Abhishek Rathore


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Abhishek Rathore is a US sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is a passionate sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch experience in content writing. So, he blended his love and passion and started writing about all things sports.
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