Periodically throughout the summer, gophersports.com will feature incoming freshmen as they are getting ready to join the University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team. This week's Gopher student-athlete is freestyler Lauren Weis. A 2009 graduate of Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., Weis recently competed at the Speedo Champions Series at the University Aquatic Center. Weis, the younger sister to former Gopher swimmer, Adam, and current swimmer, Zach, signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. Listed below is her high school/club bio and a short question and answer session with the incoming freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Cretin Derham Hall • swam with both CDH under Pat Marzolf and the Star Swim Club • Class AA Swimmer of the Year • 2009 Saint Paul Prep Athlete of the Year • 2009 recipeint of 2009 Athena Award for CDH • 2009 honoree of the St. Paul Lions Club Award for Athletics • 10-time All-American • a 14-time all-state selection • 2007 AA Minnesota State High School champion in the 200 and 500 free and is the state record holder in the 500 free • her state record in the 500 free was the longest standing swimming records which was 26 years • U.S. National Qualifier in the 200 free and a Junior national qualifier in the 100 and 400 free • four-year letterwinner • enters college with career top times of 51.88 in the 100 free, 1:48.59 in the 200 free and 4:52.13 in the 500 free • swam at the 2009 Speedo Champion Series and placed third overall in the 400 free and seventh in the 200 free. Gophersports.com: What impressed you the most about the University of Minnesota?Lauren Weis:
PERSONAL: Born March 23, 1991 • daughter of Jill and Frank Weis • third Weis swimmer to compete with a Gopher swimming program • brother, Adam swam for the Gophers from 2005-09 and brother, Zach, is a current Gopher swimmer • undecided on a major • swam with current Gopher freshman, Meghan Weiss, while with the STAR Swim Club.
What impressed me the most about the University of Minnesota, is the campus and the size of the school. It just felt right from the beginning and is always a very welcoming place.GS: What was one of your favorite memories either at the high school or club level?LW:
My favorite high school memory would be High School State AA 2007 when we only had a team of four girls and got third place. Our relays took second and first place and I broke 2 state records (200 and 500 freestyle) and one of them was the longest standing swimming record. Junior National competitions with my club team was always a good and fun experience also.GS: Since you’ve committed to Minnesota, what have you been up to and what have you been doing this summer?LW:
Since I've committed to Minnesota, this summer I have been swimming with my club team and coaching a country club swim team - and mostly just being excited for next year!GS: Do you have any individual or long-term goals at Minnesota?LW:
The goals I have during my years at Minnesota would be, to get a great education and to find something I love to do to pursue for my career. With swimming I would like to help the team win four Big Ten competitions and I hope to place in the top eight at Big 10's and NCAA's.GS: What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t in the pool?LW:
Some of my favorite things to do while I'm not in the pool would have to be, either eating or sleeping :), hanging out with friends, shopping and listening to music!GS: What are you the most excited for after stepping foot on campus?LW:
What I am the most excited about is that we're all getting a new beginning and everyone is open to meeting new people and making new friends! I also can't wait to compete in the college level for swimming. I am very excited for the whole team aspect of it!