March 21, 2014
Chase Vennefron (Breaststroke/IM)
Hometown: Fort Mitchell, KY
Past Team: Northern Kentucky Clippers, coached by Jason Roberts
Accomplishments: Junior National Qualifier
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
I decided to swim for Minnesota because it is the perfect fit for me. I fell in love with the school as soon as I set foot on campus, and I really enjoyed getting to know the coaches and swimmers. There is not a better group of guys I would want as my teammates for the next four years.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
I am most looking forward to being able to train and grow with such an elite group of swimmers. I know that my teammates will help push me to achieve my highest potential and will be there to help me in any way. I cannot wait to join a team that works selflessly to better each other in the pool.
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
My most proud swimming memory was winning the 4x100 free relay for my high school at the state meet last year and shattering a twenty year-old state record. It was truly an unforgettable experience celebrating the victory with there of my closest teammates.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
In my time outside of swimming, I enjoy playing many other sports such as golf, tennis, and basketball. I also like going to sporting events, playing video games, and just hanging out with friends.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I will hopefully contribute to the Gopher swimming program by training my hardest every day and pushing my teammates to get better. I am to do all that is asked of me by the coaching staff and perform to the best of my abilities so that I can help the team win.
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