Tom Donker
Tom  Donker

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Zutphen, Netherlands

Event:
Backstroke/Butterfly


12/12/2017

Meet the Newcomers: Tom Donker

In this edition of Meet the Newcomers, GopherSports.com catches up with freshman backstroker Tom Donker. He hails from Zutphen, Netherlands and has made his mark early for the Gophers in the water

PRONUNCIATION:



2017-18 Freshman Season: At the NCAA Championship, swam with the 400 Medley Relay that took eighteenth (3:07.03) • At the Big Ten Championships, finished sixtieth in the 50-yard free (20.77), part of the 400 Medley Relay team that took second (3:06.90), twenty-seventh in the 100-yard back (48.33), and twenty-sixth in the 200-yard back (1:46.00). • took eighth place in the 100-yard back (51.14) at the Triple Dual vs Northwestern and Purdue • placed fourth in the 100-yard back (50.60) and fourth in the 200-yard back (1:53.05) vs. Denver • finished fourth in the 100-yard back (51.24) and third in the 200-yard back (1:52.60) vs. Hawai'i and Drury • placed second in the 100-yard back (48.70) and fourth in the 200-yard back (1:45.97) at the Minnesota Invitational • finished sixth in both the 100-yard back (50.18) and the 200-yard back (1:49.13) vs. Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin at the Quad Dual • took second place in the 100-yard back (50.23) and third in the 200-yard back (1:50.08) vs. the University of Iowa • placed third in the 100-yard back (51.15) and fourth in the 200-yard back (1:55.26) vs. Florida State.

High School: 2017 graduate of American International School at Lusaka • coached by Ian Stephenson • currently holds Dutch National Record for 18 year olds in 100 back (56.02) • member of Torpedoes Swim Club • two-time Zambia Club champion • nine-time Dutch age group champion in 50 back, 100 back, 200 back and 50 fly. 

Personal: Born November 18, 1998 • son of Alexandra and Sander Donker • enjoys watching movies and the English Premier League.

Top Times at Minnesota
Event Time Date
50 free 20.77 2/22/2018
100 back 48.33 2/23/2018
200 back 1:45.97 12/2/2017

 

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