April 25, 2014
Mckenna Lynch (Freestyle/Butterfly)
Hometown: Des Monies, IA
Past Team: Central Iowa Aquatics, coached by Dave Joensen
Accomplishments: Iowa State Champion
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
It’s a great school with awesome coaches and an incredible team. I have dreamed of going here since I first attended swim camp there at age 10.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
The opportunity to represent the university at college meets—and to help the team to victory every year!
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
It was incredible to swim at the Omaha Swimvitational and get the state record in LC in 200 Free. But, it was also great to make finals at the 2012 Minnesota Grand Prix and then be invited to speak to the coaches about attending the University of Minnesota after the meet. It was also an honor to be Regional Swimmer of the Year three years in a row in high school swimming.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
I bake! I own my own company SLICEBakery. I bake pretty much anything, but I love to make pies. I often sell at the farmer’s market and cater events.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I hope to be a helpful addition to the 800 free relay and make it to the NCAA championships in the 200 free, and maybe even the 100 free or 100 fly. Plus, I will try to make sure we are never hurting for a sweet a delicious homemade treat!
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