June 6, 2014
Hometown: Lakeville, MN
Why did you decide to swim for Minnesota?
I chose to swim at the University of Minnesota because the coaching staff and team is amazing. Kelly and Terry made me very comfortable and valued. The pool is one of the best in the nation and is close to home, so my family can watch us swim. The "U" has many things to offer and the education I will be getting is second to none.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
I am looking forward to getting faster! Along with that, growing as a person, making new friends, memories, being a part of a great team, and contributing to another successful season.
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud swimming memory?
I don’t have one specific memory. What I am proud of is to have swam for so many great coaches in so many places. I lived in California for 12 years and in Texas for 5. I have gone through so many programs that have each helped me grow as a swimmer. I am proud to have swam for Coach Dan Schneider and Coach Ringheisen, two coaches that are in the Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame.
What do you like to do for fun besides swimming?
I love to bake, hang out with friends, be outside, go to concerts, play with my puppies and shop!
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
Every person who is part of a successful team brings something different. I am going to contribute to our team by being the best swimmer and student I can be. As well as helping and supporting my teammates in and out of the water.
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.