Periodically throughout the summer months, Gophersports.com will connect with some of the incoming Minnesota freshmen. This week's edition is Rochester, Minn., native Erin Caflisch. Swimming unattached this past season, Caflisch also swam with Rochester Mayo. She has competed at both the national and high school level prior to her Minnesota commitment. Below is her bio and a short question and answer session with the rookie.
High School: Swam unattached with coach Erik Collins out of Rochester, Minn. • a multiple NISCA All-American, all-state and all-conference honoree • competed at the last three Minnesota State Class AA state meets when she was with Rochester Mayo High School team • In 2008, finished fourth in the 50 free and third overall in the 100 free at the state meet • In 2007 finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 free and seventh and eighth overall in the same events in 2006 • U.S. National level swimmer • has competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free events • enters her college career with 23.61 in the 50 free, 50.91 in the 100 free and 1:50.01 in the 20 free.
Personal: Graduated from Rochester Mayo in 2010 • born August 27th, 1991 and is the daughter of John and Lynn Caflisch • plans to major in kinesiology.
Gophersports: What are you most excited about starting at the U?
Erin Caflisch: I am most excited about meeting new people and training with the team.
GS: How does it feel to represent your home state?
EC: It is a great feeling to know that I will be representing Minnesota this fall! I think it is going to be an outstanding year and I can't wait to see how well the team does.
GS: How does it feel to join a team again after swimming unattached last season?
EC: Swimming unattached for the past two years was a great learning experience for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my coach, Erik Collins, and I think we were able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. One thing that I did learn was to never take for granted the importance of a team. I am very eager to be back in the water with teammates, and I can't wait to spend my next four years at Minnesota with a great group of girls that are there for support and motivation in and out of the water!
GS: What are your goals for your career at Minnesota?
EC: My goals for my career at Minnesota are to final at Big Tens and NCAAs, help the team win four Big Ten titles, and help the team place in the top 10 at NCAAs.
GS: What are your summer plans?
EC: I trained for Speedo Sectionals in July and I will also be teaching swimming lessons.