Jan. 17, 2014
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
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
I decided to swim for Minnesota because I felt an instant connection with not only the coaches, but also the team. I love how all of the coaches care about each athlete personally, in and out of the pool. The entire team made me feel very welcome and comfortable. My outgoing personality fits in well with them! Even though I’m from California, I’ve always wanted to swim in The Big Ten Conference. I also loved the college feel of the campus and I had a blast on my recruit trip. By the end of my trip, I knew Minnesota would be my future home.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
I’m looking forward to studying animal sciences and becoming a large animal vet or marine zoologist. I’ve always been passionate about caring for animals and think it would be an exciting career to go into. I am also looking forward to moving to the Midwest and starting a new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to compete in a college environment, represent the Golden Gophers, and remain The Big Ten Champs!
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
My proudest moment thus far in my swimming career was representing the United States at the Junior Pan Pac Championships held in Hawaii in the summer of 2012. Wearing Team USA gear was an honor and a privilege I will never forget. I swam the 10k Open Water race in the Hawaiian water and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m proud to be a member of the USA Junior National Team.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
Since I live in Southern California, I love going to the beach. I like to surf, paddleboard with my friends, go on hikes with my dog, cam, ski, and basically do anything outdoors. I also like to unwind and spend time at home with my awesome family.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I hope to contribute to the Minnesota program by taking my swimming career to the next level. I look up to my future teammates and I eagerly anticipate contributing to the continued success of the Minnesota swim and dive program. Blending the new recruit class with the current Gophers and coaches, I feel we have an amazing future in front of us and I can’t be more proud to be apart of it.
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