Robert Christian Finke was born in Tampa, Florida on November 6, 1999. Swimming is truly a family affair for the Finkes, Mom, Jeanne, swam for Ball State and is currently an ESE Teacher. Father, Joe, is a swim coach with St Pete Aquatics. Two older sisters: Autumn Skye Finke who is a Junior at and swims for the University of Florida and Ariel Summer Finke who is a freshman at and swims for Florida State University. All three kids have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Favorite pre-meet meal: Pizza Hut Chicken Alfredo Pasta.
As a 14 year old age grouper, Finke broke the Florida Age Group State Championships (Flags) 800m freestyle meet record with a time of 8:25.20, And then broke the 1500m freestyle meet record dropping over 15 seconds to race to a 15:56.82.
Finke won the USA Swimming Open Water Junior Nationals by finishing first of all swimmers 18 years old and younger. Additionally, because everyone swims at once, Finke was seventh overall in a field that included the pro open water swimmers as well as collegiate swimmers.
At the Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series, Finke qualified for the USA Olympic Trials in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 15:46.39 finishing 10th overall. He placed third in the 400IM racing to a 4:23.66, picking up and Olympic Trials cut in that event. He also finished 17th in the 400m freestyle clocking a 3:57.22.
2017 US Nationals/World Championship Trials
Finke qualified for his first World Championships after he won the silver medal in the 1,500 meter freestyle. He swam a new best time of 15:01.31 to secure his place on the roster.
2018 U.S. National Championships
Finke was the runnerup in the 1500 freestyle (14:55.34) and third in the 800 freestyle (7:51.45) at the Phillips 66 National Championships, recording personal bests in both events. He also finished first in the B final of the 400 IM (4:15.79, ninth overall) and 17th in the 400 freestyle (personal best 3:52.25).