March 7, 2014
Chase Bublitz (Butterfly/Sprint Free)
Hometown: Renton, WA
Past Team: Chinook Swim Club, coached by Kevin O'Shea
Accomplishments: Four-Time Washington State Champion, US Open Qualifier
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
On my visit I thought I immediately fit in with the guys and they were a lot of fun to be around. The coaching staff is incredible and I could tell they really care about their swimmers, not just about winning. I really felt like I could call Minnesota my home for the next 4+ years.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
I can't wait to start being a part of a team that is very competitive on the national scale. Being able to train with so many fast guys and girls will be such a great experience and I know it will help me become the best swimmer I can be.
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
So far I would say that I am most proud of being able to swim at Summer Juniors back in August. At the end of June, I broke my foot and was not able to get in the pool for two weeks. I had to slowly build into it, but was able to get best times in half of my events, despite not really having a solid summer of training.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
Outside the pool I like to play pickup games of football and basketball with my friends.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I hope that I'll be able to bring an immediate impact to the relays, as well as an easygoing sense of humor that makes the long practices a little more enjoyable.
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.