A B O U T R I N
Rin Matsuoka (松岡 凛 Matsuoka Rin) is one of the main characters of the anime series Free! and the light novel High☆Speed!. He is the freestyle and butterfly swimmer on Samezuka Academy's swim team and a 3rd year high school student at Samezuka Academy. After Seijuro Mikoshiba graduated from Samezuka Academy, Rin became the new captain of the swimming team.
Rin's father died when Rin was very young; his father was a swimmer who had dreamed of going to the Olympics but had to give-up his goal and become a fisherman. Due to a tragic incident (a storm), his father drowned three kilometers off the coast along with the rest of his crew. Rin stated that he has very few memories of his father and cannot even recall what his father looked like, as his father would be gone for days while out fishing. Rin decided to try and become an Olympic swimmer because he believes that by following this path, he will be able to see his father's face. Rin puts his swimming goggles on in the same way his father did (by pulling the strap back and letting it snap back onto the back of his swim cap). Rin joined the Iwatobi Swimming Club prior to leaving for Australia because that was his father's old club, where his father and his teammates had won the relay. Rin wanted to make a team and win the relay to emulate his father as he started down the path of becoming an Olympic swimmer.
In elementary school, Rin was in the same swimming team along with Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa. After they won a tournament, Rin then went abroad to Australia to attend a swimming school.
T R I V I A
Like all swimmers associated with the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, Rin has a female name.
Rin is the type of person who cannot sleep without his pillow.
Haruka stated that Rin accidentally called his coach mom during elementary school.
Gou has admitted that Rin shaves his body hair to reduce water resistance.
Rin likes eating meat and spicy foods, and doesn't particularly like sweet foods.
Rin's best subjects are English and Math, while he's bad at Literature and Old Japanese.
Rin likes sports that he's good at.
Rin's best stroke is the butterfly, but his obsession with beating Haruka, who only swims freestyle, leads him to focusing on that stroke and whatever distance Haruka is swimming in competition only.
B A S I C S
Kanji: 松岡 凛
Birthday: Febuary 2nd
Height: 177cm (5'10")
Weight: 68 kg (150 lb)
Relatives: Toraichi Matsuoka (father, deceased); Gou Matsuoka (sister); Kyou Matsuoka (grandmother)