Ilya Larin is entering his first year at UConn as a volunteer assistant for the swimming and diving teams. A native of Russia, Larin started swimming at the age of nine and his collegiate career began at Saint Petersburg State University For Water Communication where he earned a degree in economics. He also swam for the Russian National Team, where he set a national record in the 800-yard free relay in 2008. From 2006-2009 he frequented the podium taking home many titles including gold at an International Meet in Uster, Switzerland in the 400 free in 2008.
He catapulted his United States career as a distance swimmer for Indiana University from 2009 to 2011 and earned his degree in arts and science. His first big showing in the U.S. came at the December 2010 Short-Course Nationals where he placed eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle. NCAA accolades include a third place finish in the 1650-yard at Big Ten Championships and 17th place at the NCAA Championships -- both in 2011. His accomplishments have earned him a spot in the Top 10 all-time at Indiana for the 1000-yard freestyle. He is the son of Klara Larina and Yura Larin.