Tara Chapman
Tara  Chapman


Lino Lakes, Minn.

High School:
Centennial HS



Meet the Newcomers: Tara Chapman

Read as GopherSports.com gets to know more about Gopher freshman Tara Chapman.


2016-17 Freshman Season: Earned a 1:02.28 in the 100-yard breast at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • outstanding student-athlete award • notched a 23.54 in the 50-yard free at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • earned 2:18.10 in the 200-yard breast at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • finished with a 1:06.91 in the 100-yard breast against Wisconsin • improved to 1:05.87 in the 100-yard breast against Iowa • earned third place with a 1:05.22 in the 100-yard breast against North Dakota • earned second place in 1:05.27 during the 100-yard breast at the Minnesota Invitational • notched two second-place finishes at the Jean Freeman Invitational: 200-yard breast (2:18.63) and 100-yard free (52.33) • finished third at the Minnesota Challenge with a 1:53.56 in the 200-yard free.

High School/Club:
Graduate of Centennial High School, where she swam under head coach Chip Fechter • set Centennial High School records in the 100 breast (1:03.53), 200 IM (1:04.90) and 100 free (51.21) • earned a time of 1:52.63 in the 200 free • three-time All-American in the 100 breaststroke (2012, 2014, 2015) • won the Athena Award in 2016 • won the Triple-A Award in 2016, which is given to the best overall arts, academics and athletics student in each senior class • placed third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 100 free and the 2015 Minnesota State Meet • finished fourth in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 IM at the 2014 Minnesota State Meet • earned fifth place in the 100 breast and seventh place in the 200 IM at the 2013 Minnesota State Meet • at the 2012 Minnesota State Meet, finished third in the 100 breast and eighth in the 200 IM • was a four-time high school MVP (2012-15) • earned all-state recognition five times (2011-15) • was on her high school’s ‘A’ Honor Roll • named an Academic All-American by USA Swimming (2013-15) • swam for the Great Wolf Swim Team under coach Dave Bentz.

Personal: Daughter of Gena and Mike Chapman • has one sister, Kaila • great uncle, John Bergman, and grandfather, Clark Bergman, swam for the Gophers • intended major is business.

Top Times at Minnesota
Event Time Date
50 free 23.54 2/16/2017
100 free 52.33 2/18/2017
100 breast 1:02.28 2/17/2017
200 free 1:53.56 2/4/2017
200 breast 2:18.10 2/18/2017


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