Periodically throughout the summer months, Gophersports.com will connect with some of the incoming Minnesota freshmen. This week's edition is Maple Grove, Minn., native Tess Behrens. Swimming with Maple Grove High School, Behrens was the state champion in the 100 back and a multiple NISCA All-American. Below is her biography as well as a short question and answer session with the rookie.
High School: Swam with Maple Grove Senior High under Matt Schoen and the Aquajets Swim Club under Coach Kate Lundsten • a multiple NISCA All-American • competed at the World Championship Trials, the Short-Course Nationals, Junior Nationals and the Speedo Series • • won the 2009 state title in the 100 back (54.47) and finished second overall in the 50 free • an intregral member of Maple Grove Senior High when it won the Class AA state championship in 2007 • was the 2007 and 2008 state runner-up in the 100 back and finished third overall in 2008 in the 50 free • a six-time all-conference and four-time all-state selection • named the team’s most valuable multiple years • owns the school record six events (50, 100, 500 free, 100 back, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay) • a two-time Scholastic All-American.
Personal: Born July 2, 1992 • daughter of Keith Behrens and Jacque Behrens • undeclared major.
Gophersports: What are you most looking forward to as you start at the U?
Tess Behrens: I'm really looking forward to being independent and living on my own. I'm excited for new classes and making new friends! Oh, and swimming in college is pretty cool too!
GS: How does it feel to represent your home state?
TB: Amazing! Being so close to home and having that kind of support is great!
GS: You listed reading as one of your hobbies in the questionnaire. What are a few of your favorite books?
TB: I just finished Pride & Prejudice, which I loved. A few of my other favorites are Gulliver's Travels, Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, and the Twilight series (yes, I know).
GS: What are your goals for your career at Minnesota?
TB: Swimming wise, I would like to make it to NCAAs and I'm also going to try for a few school records. Mostly, though, I want to simply make friends and have fun! As far as school, I want to get my degree, but I don't know what for exactly yet.
GS: What are you up to this summer?
TB: Most of my summer will be dedicated to swimming, of course. Other than that, my teammates and I have a summer bucket list that we are going to do. I'm just going to enjoy my last summer as a high schooler!