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Ivan Zgomba
The commencement of the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ilinois, USA, December 13, 2008
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Ivan Zgomba

One of the top Serb swimmers (born in 1985, Novi Sad, Serbia), ex-national record holder in cadet and junior concurrences as a member of SC Vojvodina, Novi Sad, vice-champion of the Balkans Junior Champs 2003, swimmer of the year in 2003, winner of the many national fly titles (2004-2008), the champion of the Belgrade Marathon 2007, the participant of the Bankok 2007 Universiade, top butterflyer of the strong men's swimming team of the Southern Illinois University, USA (three consecutive years 2004-2007), succeeded to earn the BA degree in Finance at the Southern Illinois Univ. in the mid of December. Asked by our Editor-Iin-Chief for a short interview for the SWIM STAR WEB PORTAL, this worthy sportsman answered positively. We express our gratitude.

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The interview has been arranged via live web link between Copenhagen,DEN and Carbondale,USA on Dec.19,2008

Words of welcome...
Cao Ivane i dobrodoslica na Swim Star Web Portal, po drugi put u ozbiljnom intervjuu.  Veliko nam je zadovoljstvo sto si sa nama.   Hi Ivan, welcome to the Swim Star Web Portal, for the second serious  interview... It is our pleasure to have you with us.
   
Ivan:  Pozdrav Tebi i svim ljubiteljima plivanja.. Dozvolite da izrazim zahvalnost za poziv za ovaj intervju na Swim Star web sajtu..   Ivan:  Hi to you and all swim fans.. Let express my gratitude for having me at the Swim Star Web Portal.. 
 
On the recent great educational achievement...
Sjajna vest nam je stigla pre nekoliko dana o tvom okoncanju Univerziteta Sothern Illinois u gradu Carbondale. Cestitamo !!! Kako se osecas sad kao vlasnik prestizne Bachelor diplome jedne od cenjenih Americkih obrazovnih institucija?    The great voices have arrived us about your graduation at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Congratulations!!! How do you feel now as the owner of the prestigious BA diploma of one great USA educational institution? 
     
Ivan:  Da, hvala puno... Upravo sam diplomirao na Univerzitetu Juzni Ilinois na departmanu za ekonomiju - finansije. Finansije su jedan od najzahtevnijih programa na ovoj obrazovnoj instituciji, tako da sam posebno srecan da  sam uspeo da zavrsim studije za 4 godine, sa izrazito visokim prosekom. Sa prosekom od 3.7 (na skali 1-4) spadam u 5% najboljih studenata na mom smeru.    Ivan:  Yeah, thanks a lot. I just graduated from the SIU (Southern Illinois University) majoring in Finance. Finance program is one of the toughest programs at this institution. I am very happy that I managed to graduate in 4 years with a GPA of 3.7 (at the scale 1-4). With that high GPA I am recognized as cum laude student and top 5% of all Finance students. 
     
Molim te reci nam nesto o tvojim daljim planovima u obrazovanju, imas li zelje da nastavis dalje?   Tell our readers about your next educational plans, have you any idea to go ahead?
     
Ivan:  Posle dobijene diplome, odlucio sam se za Masters studije. Ocene na fakultetu i visok rezultat ostvaren na GMAT-u su mi omogucili da dobijem poziciju supervizora u SIU racunarskom centru u okviru biznis skole, i time namirim sve troskove koji su izrazito veliki kada je u pitanju Masters program.  Ivan:  My academic progress is not done as I am going to Graduate school- MBA program also at the SUI. Once again my great GMAT score and academic grades gave me an opportunity to obtain a Grad Assistantship position as a supervisor of computer lab. So, my Masters program I will conclude also in Illinois.
 
Ivan Zgomba, at the commencement of the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA, December 13, 2008
 
   About the activities in the college swimming in the United States...
Da li bi mogao da nam kazez, a posebno perspektivnim plivacima - studentima iz Srbije i sa Balkana, koji su osnovni preduslovi za dobijanje sanse za sticanje sportske stipendije kao i akademske finansijske podrske na nekom od Americkih univerziteta. Postoji znacajan interes za tim.
 
Ivan:  Studije u Americi su me oduvek privlacile, ali jedini nacin za ostvarenje mog sna je bila sportska stipendija. Zahvaljujuci vrednim rezultatima u plivanju, uspeo sam da realizujem svoj cilj. Posle prve godine, pored sportske stipendije, uspeo sam da dobijem i nekoliko akademskih stipendija. Posle svega, zeleo bih da posavetujem sve one koji nameravaju da se skoluju u Americi, da pored rezultata u plivanju moraju da budu i  uspesni studenti, jer su mogucnosti u SAD ogromne. 
 
Moja iskustva govore, da mlad covek veoma tesko moze da odgovori svim obavezama i u obrazovnom delu i u sportu. Medjutim ogromno zadovoljstvo se ne moze opisati, kada se uspeh ostvari. Mislim, da je konkurencija ogromna i samo najvredniji sportisti mogu da 'dotaknu zvezde'.
 
Ivan: Naravno. Svaki veliki cilj zahteva ogromna odricanja. Pored dvo-delnih dnevnih treninga u bazenu i teretani, studije su sve teze i teze iz godine u godinu. Pored svega toga, uspeo sam da zahvaljujuci visokim ocenama i znanjem matematike, dobijem priliku da studentima pomazem u savladjivanju gradiva i polaganju ispita iz tog predmeta. Biti redovan student i clan plivackog tima zahteva veliki napor i svakako samo najuporniji uspeju da prevazidju sve prepreke. 
 
Posto si prekinuo takmicarsko plivanje u NCAA od ove jeseni, zbog okoncanja studija planiranog za Decembr 2008, naime u sred sezone, da li si uspeo da nadjes vremena za neki trening? Da li planiras da nastavis sa plivanjem i tokom Masters studija?
 
Ivan: Zbog dolaska u SAD u januaru, moje pravo nastupa za tim je svedeno na  7 semestara, umesto 8. Posle zvanicnog prestanka nastupanja na takmicenjima za svoj tim, fokusirao sam se na zavrsetak studija, i upis na Master program (pod uslovom da dobijem stipendiju koja bi pokrila moje skolovanje).
 

.Could you tell also to the future prospective swimmers-students from Serbia and the region of the Balkans, what is the main condition in the domain of getting into chance to reach athletic stipend and the academic financial aid at one US university? The interests exist.
 
Ivan: The only way for me to accomplish my dream of getting an education and swimming was by obtaining an athletic scholarship. I got the chance to get an education in America because of my swim results; therefore I obtained a scholarship at the University of Southern Illinois . After my first academic year in addition to my swim scholarship I worked extremely hard and received several academic stipends.  So, my recommendation to all swimmers who are interested in coming to US is that besides their swim results it is more than a big advantage if they keep up with the grades as well, because there is so much opportunity in America if you succeed in sports and education it can pay your way. 
 
My personal experiences told that it is very hard for young person to cover all activities in the academic and the intercollegiate sport duties. However, the great pleasure cannot be explained, after any achievement is earned. I mean, the concurrence is extremely large and very few of the worthiest athlete can touch the stars. 
 
Ivan: Thatís true. In order to achieve any big goal, dedication is the only way to get there. Besides practicing twice a day there is school and studying which gets harder as the years progress. In addition to that I found time to work as a math tutor and employee of the SIU recreation center. That being said, you can see that being a great student athlete is very hard due to practice and classes. It is a dream to swim and get an education at the same time but time management is extremely important along with dedicating any free time to your studies, therefore this lifestyle is not for everyone.
As you broke your competitive NCAA swimming starting autumn, because of the date of the edu graduation (Dec, 2008) in the middle of the season, did you find out some time for the training? Should you plan to go ahead in swimming, at the time of your post graduation ? 
 
Ivan: As I came in January 2005, my eligibility status for the swim team expired after 4th Conference meet, which was in March this year. Since my eligibility expired, my goal was to get into Graduate School to further my education and obtain an Assistantship position which would pay my education as well as living expenses. While focusing on preparing myself for the Masters program, I managed to stay in good shape. 
Ivan Zgomba, prior the start of the 200 yd. butterfly at the last 2008 conference championships...
 
Ivan Zgomba with the part of the men's swimming team of Saluki at the mid season training camp...
 
  About the present and the future engagements in America...
Nekoliko zajednickih prijatelja su ukljuceni u univezitetsko plivanje u SAD: Gorana Goranic na Bridgeport-u, Marko Milenkovic u Cleveland-u,  Nikola Savic u BYU, Ivan Gutesa u Minnesoti. Da li pratis njihove resultate na dual mecevima u ovoj sezoni? Da li si sa nekima od njih u  kontaktu?   Few of our friends are involved in the college swimming in the USA? Gorana Goranic at the Bridgeport, Marko Milenkovic at CSU, Nikola Savic at Brigham Young, Ivan Gutesa in Minnesota, etc. ? Did you follow their results within the dual matches in this season? Have you any voices from them?
     
Ivan:  Svakako da se cujem sa vecinom drugova koji su u SAD. Svakodnevno pratim njihove rezultate sa takmicenja i povremeno se cujem telefonom, kojom prilikom me izvestavaju o svojim rezultatima i osecanjima.    Ivan:  Oh yeah, I am in touch with most of them. I definitely follow all my friendsí dual meets and I also like to talk to them what kind of results they are looking for and how they feel in water in general. 
     
Nesto o tvojim planovima vezanim za Masters. Ali sta je sa tvojim plivanjem? Predstojeca Univerzijada 2009 moze biti sjajno mesto gde bismo te videli u bazenu. Siguran sam da Srbija nema boljeg plivaca - studenta delfinasa od Ivana Zgombe.   Something about your plans regarding the Masters education? And what about the swimming? The Universiade 2009 can be nice place to meet you there in the pool. I'm sure, Serbia does not have better student-butterflyer then Ivan Zgomba?
     
Ivan:  Kao sto sam vec rekao, sa Master studijama pocinjem vec pocetkom januara 2009. Vrlo sam zadovoljan zbog toga jer mi je u interesu da steknem sto vece znanje u struci. Posto je moj glavni cilj u 2008 godini potpuno ostvaren, imam zacrtane velike ciljeve za narednu godinu. Za sada verujem da imam veliku sansu za nastup na Univerzijadi u Beogradu i predstavljanju nacionalnog tima Srbije pred domacom publikom. Trenutno, moj trener i ja imamo nekoliko zacrtanih ciljeva koji bi me doveli do sanse da uzmem ucesca na Univerzijadi 2009.  Ivan:  As I have already mentioned I am starting with my Masters education this January. I am really excited about it and I am looking forward to extend my business education, particularly finance knowledge. As I made my main goal for 2008 which was to get into a grad school I have a big goal in front of me for 2009. I certainly believe that I have a great shot in making 2009 University games team. I am talking to my US coach and we are setting some standards that I want to achieve in order to get a chance in representing my country in front of Serbian crowd.
 
Posto sam izasao iz SAD-a, bas bih zeleo da znam, kako osecas "ekonomsku krizu" u ovom trenutku tamo? Nadam se da ona nece razoriti puno tvoj budzet. Da li planiras da i dalje ostanes u Americi, ili ces se vratiti po okoncanju magistarskih studija? As I have moved from the USA, I just want to know, how did you feel the "economic crisis" in the present? I hope it won't bomb your budget a lot. Do you plan to stay in the USA or you'd be back since the postgraduation concluded?
   
Ivan:  Licno, ne mislim da je ekonomska kriza toliko velika koliko mediji propagiraju. Kao student, ne osecan neke posebne promene  u svom zivotu, sem da se desava da poneki prijatelj ima problema sa trenutnim poslom. Ukoliko se ipak odlucim da ostanem u SAD, mogucnosti za posao ce definitivno biti u ekspanziji u naredne 2 godine. Ivan:  Personally, the crisis is not as bad as it sometimes might be portrayed by the media. As a student, I definitely do not feel any changes except that at the moment some of my friends have problems being hired. So, if I eventually decide to stay in US the job opportunities would be much better in 2 years from now. 
 
Bangkok 2007
Ivan Zgomba as a member of the National swim team of Serbia, took part in the previous Universiade, the Bangkok 2007, Thailand
 
  Something more of our interest...
Da li si ove jeseni imao vremena da posetis nas Web Portal? Kakave utiske nosis o Mike Cavicu i svim clanovima drzavnog tima te njihovim uspesima na nedavnom Evropskom prvenstvu u malim bazenima - Rijeka 2008 u Hrvatskoj?   Did you have some time to visit our web portal this autumn? How did you see the great success of Mike Cavic and all members of the national selection of Serbia at the recent European Shot Course  championships held in Rijeka, Croatia?
     
Ivan:  Svakako. Ovo je definitvo najbolji plivacki sajt na Balkanu. Posecujem ga nedeljno, jer mi omogucuje da budem u toku sa svim plivackim dostignucima i sire. Upravo odrzano Evropsko prvenstvo u Rijeci sam svakodnevno pazljivo pratio, i u nekoliko navrata ostao bez reci, odusevljen postignutim rezultatima nasih najboljih plivaca. Za neke rezultate zaista nisam mogao da verujem i zaista od srca cestitam svima na neverovatnom uspehu.    Ivan:  Thatís for sure. This is definitely the best swim web site in whole Balkan region. I visit it weekly because it gives me a great way of following swim results and most up to date news. I sure did follow the European Championships day by day, and I stayed speechless when seeing most of the results posted by our best swimmers. I had to refresh results several times because, as I said, I could not believe how fast some guys did. 
     
Da ti kazemo nesto za kraj. Imam zelju da okupim sve bivse studente - plivace koji su studirali u Americi jednog dana u Beogradu, da pokazem sve njihove sjajne uspehe i predstavim vas mladim plivackim nadama kod nas koji imaju interesa da nastave svoje visoko-skolsko obrazovanje u Americi kao sto ste to vi odradili. Ivan Zgomba ce biti nas specijalni gost.   To tell you at the end, I have a wish to gather all former Serb-American sudents-swimmers one day in Belgrade, to present all of their achievements, and to introduce them to the younger talents  who eventually have an interest to continue their education like you and many other have done. Ivan Zgomba will be our special guest star. 
     
Ivan:  Zvuci fenomenalno, I zaista bih bio pocastvovan. Zaista mislim da svi oni koji su zavrsili studije u SAD, ukljucujuci mene, imaju mnogo toga da kazu onima koji su tek zainteresovani za dolazak u Ameriku.  Ivan:  That sounds awesome. I really think that me and other guys and girls who finished school in the United States will have many things to say. I would be more than honored to be there. 
 
  At the end - instead of conclusion...
Ostacemo u kontaktu.. Hvala za ovaj vredan intervju. Sretan Bozic i uspesna Nova 2009 godina.   We'll stay in touch... Thanks for this interview, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
     
Ivan:  Na kraju svega, zelim da Vam se zahvalim na intervjuu i da pozelim srecan Bozic i Novu godinu svim prijateljima i ljubiteljima plivanja. Hvala i sve najbolje.   Ivan:  At the end I want to wish Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my friends. Thanks again for having me here, and all best.
 

  Ivan Zgomba in the swimming and other actions:
Winner of the Gold medal at the LEN Meet Ante Lambasa Memorial 2003
Medalist in 100 & 200 fly at the Int'l LEN Meet "Belgrade Trophy 2006"
At the Universiade Bankgkok 2007 with Lisogor (UKR) and colleague Higl (SRB)
Winner of the traditional Belgrade Swimming Marathon 2007

Want to get into touch with Ivan, try via his e-mail - zgombaivan@yahoo.com

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