May 30, 2014
Hometown: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Past Team: Deforest Aquatic Club
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
Minnesota offered a great balance, with a great academic reputation as well as a history of fast swimming at the highest level of competition. This, added together with a great coaching staff and team with similar goals and attitudes to mine, made my decision to swim for Minnesota an easy one.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
Coming from a small town with a developing swim team, I cannot wait to be a part of a well respected and established team. Plus, being able to compete at the Big Ten level has always been a goal of mine.
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
This year at my club state meet I was able to drop seven seconds in my 200 free. The thrill of dropping so much time paired with winning the event, made this year's club state meet all the more enjoyable and a perfect way to end the short course yards season.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
Really any outdoor activities are fun for me but waterskiing and tubing are usually the highlights of my summer. I also enjoy hanging around with friends or just relaxing and playing videogames.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I know my best days of swimming are ahead of me, especially with the great staff and teammates I will have to train alongside. Not only do I hope to score points and swim fast but also plan to be part of the team out of the pool as well and contribute to a positive environment. With all this on the horizon I could not be more excited to be joining the team and becoming a Golden Gopher.
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