Former Gopher All-American Keri Hehn made her mark at the 2007 Pan Am Games, currently being held in Rio De Janerio. Hehn earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Hehn, who now resides in Laguna Hills, Calif., and trains with Irvine Novaquatics, broke the Pan Am meet record of 2:28.69 with a shattering time of 2:26.72. With her winning her preliminary heat, Hehn advanced to the finals and touched the wall in 2:28.20 for the bronze medal. With her finish, Hehn will be a contender for the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 breast event.
A member of the Gopher swim team in 2001-02 and 2002-03, Hehn, was a first-team All-American in both her junior and season seasons after transferring to Minnesota from Nebraska. The Fargo, N.D. native placed eighth overall at the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Championships in the 200 breaststroke event.
Along with Hehn and Canadian with Gopher ties also competed at the Pan Am Games. Incoming freshman Jillian Tyler placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:10.29. Tyler, from Calgary, Alberta, is a Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.