Minnesota Welcomes Class of 2018

Nov. 26, 2013

University of Minnesota swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer announced the signing of thirteen student-athletes. Conner McHugh, Chase Bublitz, Matthew Barnard, and Daniel Monaghan have signed National Letters of Intent to join the men’s swimming and diving program. Chase Vennefron and Connor Croan have signed an Acceptance of Admission to be added on the same year’s roster. On the women’s side, Danielle Nack, Brooke Lorentzen, Rae Bullinger, Isabel Wyer, Elizabeth Etterman, and Brooke Zieger have signed National Letters of Intent, while McKenna Lynch have signed an Acceptance of Admission. All thirteen signees will be eligible to compete in the 2014-15 season.

We feel so good about this class—both men’s and women’s classes that we signed early. I think that as a staff it is probably the best we have done in terms of working togetherto find people that fit our program. From top to bottom, both cmen’s and women’s classes are people who fit Minnesota extraordinarily well. So we are coming out of the fall feeling like we have improved our team and that our team is going to be in good shape going forward. Our future is bright!,” Coach Kremer said.


Conner McHugh (Breaststroke/IM)
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Past Team:
Door County YMCA, coached by Mike McHugh
YMCA National Record Holder and Champion, US Open Qualifier

Chase Bublitz (Butterfly/Sprint Free)
Renton, WA
Past Team:
Chinook Swim Club, coached by Kevin O’Shea
Accomplishments: Four-Time Washington State Champion, US Open Qualifier

Chase Vennefron (Breaststroke/IM)
Hometown: Fort Mitchell, KY
Past Team: Northern Kentucky Clippers, coached by Jason Roberts
Junior National Qualifier

Connor Croan (IM/Middle Distance Freestyle)
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Past Team: Aces Swim Club, coached by Scott Cummings
Accomplishments: Junior National Qualifier



Matthew Barnard (Diving)
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Past Team: Trains at Australia’s National Training Center
Accomplishments: One of the Top Ranked Junior Divers in the World

Daniel Monaghan (Diving)
Hometown: Rosemount, MN
Past Team: Minnesota Diving Academy
Accomplishments: Minnesota State Champion



Danielle Nack (Butterfly/Sprint Free)
Hometown: Mankato, MN
Past Team: Mankato Mantas, coached by Alex Lindstrom
Accomplishments: Top Ranked 18&Under 100 yard Butterflier, Junior National Finalist and Multiple Minnesota State Champion

Brooke Lorentzen (Middle Distance/Distance Free)
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Past Team: Mission Viejo Nadadores, coached by Bill Rose
Accomplishments: Junior National Team in Open Water, US Open Qualifier

Brooke Zieger (IM/Backstroke/Freestyle)
Hometown: Cumberland, RI
Past Team: Bluefish Swim Club, coached by Chuck Bachelor
Accomplishments: National Junior Team Member, Junior National Finalist

Isabel Wyer (Freestyle/Backstroke)
Hometown: Deep Haven, MN
Past Team: Minnetonka Swim Club, coached by Ben Bartell and Dan Berve
Multiple Minnesota State and Junior National Qualifier

Rae Bullinger (Breaststroke)
Hometown: Hopkins, MN
Past Team: Aquajets Swim Club, coached by Kate Lundsten
Accomplishments: Junior National Qualifier

Mckenna Lynch (Freestyle/Butterfly)
Hometown: Des Monies, IA
Past Team: Central Iowa Aquatics, coached by Dave Joensen
Accomplishments: Iowa State Champion

Elizabeth Etterman (Diving)
Hometown: Brainerd, MN, sister of Katie Etterman
Accomplishments: MN State Finalist


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