May 15, 2012
University of Minnesota head men's swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale and assistant men’s and women’s coach Ryan Purdy announced Wednesday that Greg Norsten of Woodbury, Minn., and Mitchell Wagner of Wichita, Kan., have each signed a National Letter of Intent to swim for the Gophers next season.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Greg staying in Minnesota,” Dale said of Norsten. “As a multiple State Champion we will look to him to contribute early on in his Gopher career. Greg shows a lot of versatility and will add to our team depth in multiple events.”
As a junior and senior at Woodbury Senior High School, Norsten was a two-time Minnesota State High School Champion in the 200 IM as well as a multiple NISCA High School All-American. He qualified for the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in the 100 backstroke along with being a USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier in the 200 IM under Coach Jeff Rodriguez of the Edina Swim Club.
Future teammate Wagner also earned Gold his senior year at Maize High School, earning the distinction of the Kansas State High School Champion in the 100 backstroke. Wagner led off the 200 medley relay team at Maize that broke the Kansas State High School record and swam for the Wichita Swim Club, coached by Brian Kupferer.
“We have been hearing such great things this year about Mitchell’s swimming from numerous coaches around the Kansas area,” Purdy stated about Wagner. “Mitchell is a swimmer with a great desire to achieve his goals, making him a perfect fit for our program.”
Norsten and Wagner will join the Minnesota team who finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships and placed 24th at the NCAA Championships this season.
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