Grant Alef
Grant Alef


Maple Park, IL

High School:
Kaneland HS




Gophers Post Strong Finish At Minnesota Challenge

Minnesota won 15 events on the day


Gophers Dominate in UND Victory

Minnesota took down the Fighting Sioux 198-90 at home on Friday night


Blog #4 From Jared Anderson In Hawaii

Follow along with the senior as he blogs about the Gopher's experience in Hawaii!


Jean Freeman Invite Wraps Up

Minnesota hosted a successful first year of the invite


Jean Freeman Invite Wraps Up

Minnesota hosted a successful first year of the invite

2012-13 • Sophomore Season: Placed seventh in the 100 back and eighth in the 200 back vs Iowa (11/2)• finished fourth in the 200 back and sixth in the 100 back against Wisconsin (10/26).

2011-2012 • Freshman Season:
Finished sixth in the 100 back at Wisconsin dual • claimed his top time in the 1,650 free at Hawaii dual as well as finishing fifth in the 200 back • placed third in the 200 backagainst Missouri• established top times placing seventh in the 100 back, third in the 200 back and fourth in the 500 free at the Minnesota Challenge.

High School: 2011 graduate of Kaneland High School • high school coach was Shelly Hueber • 5th in state for 100 backstroke • competed at state 100 freestyle & 100 backstroke all four years of high school • Attended US Junior Nationals in 2011 in Palo Alto, Calif. • 33-time YMCA National All-American • 13-time Illinois/Missouri Area YMCA State Champion • Illinois/Missouri Area YMCA State Recorder Holder in the 13-14 100 Yard Backstroke (53.53) • the 15-18 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:35.98), and the 15-18 100 Yard Backstroke (51.12) • 2010 Kane County Chronicle Swimmer of the Year • in 2010, won the first medals in the sport of swimming for Kaneland High School • swam for the Kishwaukee YMCA/Dekalb County Swim Team (DCST) for 13 years. (1998-2011) • 08-09, 09-10, 10-11 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American • also lettered in Cross Country and Track • Knights of Distinction Honor • top 10 in class • National Honors Society member.

Personal: Majoring in mechanical engineering • son of Tom and Sally Alef • has two sisters, Sarah and Theresa • enjoys water skiing

Alef's Top Times:
100 Backstroke 51.39 2/4/12
200 Backstroke 1:48.77 2/4/12
500 Freestyle 4:35.13 2/4/12
1,650 Freestyle 16:24.04 12/31/11


Gophers Conclude Season with Banquet


Minnesota held its banquet on campus Saturday to celebrate the 2016-17 season's accomplishments.

Plummer Named NYAC Athlete of the Year


The 2016 Olympic medalist accepted the award from his club at a dinner last week.

Gopher Throwback: Conner McHugh

4/11/2017 asked swimmers and divers to show and tell us about their early days in their sport.

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