GopherSports.com had the chance to talk to Minnesota women's swimming and diving freshman Patricia Van Law about her expereinces so far. The Highlands Rach, Colo. native currrently plans to major in neuroscience with a minor in mathematics.
Looking to pick up right where they left off, the Gophers will strive to continue their success in the water throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
2017-18 Freshman Season: Finished sixth in the 400 IM (4:27.59) and fourth in the 200-yard back (2:03.13) at the Triple Dual vs Northwestern and Purdue. • Took third in the 200-yard back (2:05.97) and seventh in the 400 IM (4:33.14) vs. Denver. • Finished third in the 400 IM (4:20.12) and fourth in the 200-yard back (1:59.84) at the Minnesota Invitational. • Placed eighth in the 100-yard back (59.27) and fourth in the 200-yard back (2:06.68) vs. Iowa. • Finished fifth in the 100-yard back (58.69) and sixth in the 200-yard back (2:04.74) vs. Florida State.
High School: 2017 graduate of Thunder Ridge High School• high school coaches included Beth Radefeld, Samantha Williams, heather Carnes and Jenny Odiorne • letterwinner in swimming • 2014 Continental League First-team All-Conference • 2015 NISCA and Speedo All-American in 100 back and 200 medley relay • 2017 Continental League Swimmer of the Year • 2017 DCSD Women and Girls in Sports Day honoree • CHSAA Academic First-Team All-State • 2016 and 2017 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American • graduated as valedictorian of her class • 2016 and 2017 AP Scholar with Distinction • state finishes senior year: third place in 500 free and fifth place in 100 back • state finishes junior year: sixth place in 100 fly and fifth place in 100 back • state finishes sophomore year: third place in 200 medley relay, fifth place in 200 free, second place in 100 back and fifth in 100 fly • holds records at Thunder Ridge High School in 200 medley relay, 200 free, 100 back and 500 free • member of Highlands Ranch Aquatics • 2017 Speedo Futures champion in 200 LCM back • 2017 Speedo Four Corners Sectionals Women's team champion.
Personal: Born October 15, 1998 • daughter of Heidi and Phillip Van Law • has three siblings: Heather, Shannon and Trevor • uncle Robert Nasser was an All-American swimmer at University of Denver • enjoys being active, hiking, skiing and writing cards/calligraphy • ran cross country and track in middle school, as well as played soccer for six years • plans to major in neuroscience with a minor in mathematics.
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