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QUICK FACTS Founded: 1851 Location: Minneapolis, Minn. Enrollment: 48,150 Colors: Maroon and Gold Nickname: Golden Gophers Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Big Ten University President: Robert H. Bruininks Faculty Athletics Representative: Dr. Richard Weinberg, Linda Brady Director of Athletics: Joel Maturi Co-Head Coaches: Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner Dual Record at Minnesota: 30-12 Diving Coach: Wenbo Chen Swimming & Diving Office Phone: 612.626.1320 Swimming & Diving Fax: 612.624.4560 Home Facility: University Aquatic Center (2,500) University Aquatic Center Phone: 612.626.1352 2008-09 Dual Meet Record: 8-0, 6-0 in the Big Ten Big Ten Finish: 2nd (665 points) NCAA Finish: 11th (136 points) Swimming and Diving SID: Michelle Traen Phone: 612.624.0522 E-mail: traen001@umn.edu Athletic Trainers: Matt Carlson and Tara Robertson

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Athletic Communications Director: Garry Bowman Associate Directors: Becky Bohm, Andy Seeley, Matt Slieter Assistant Directors: Steve Geller, Jim Strick, Michelle Traen Director of Internet Services: John Romo Director of Creative Services: Jeff Keiser Assistant Director of Publications and Athletic Communications: Sara Berhow Assistant Director of Creative Services: Chris Lagasse Communications Intern: Pat McCabe Photography: Eric Miller

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2009-10 Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 2009-10 Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 2009-10 Student-Athlete Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-35 Head Coaches Terry Nieszner and Kelly Kremer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37 Diving Coach Wenbo Chen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Assistant Coaches and Support Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 President Bob Bruininks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Athletic Director Joel Maturi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 The University of Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41-43 University Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45 The Twin Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-47 Twin Cities Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48-49 Athletics Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50-51 Athletics Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-53 Life Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54-55 Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Golden Gopher History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57-72 2008-09 Year in Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 2009 Gophers at NCAAs and Big Ten Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 2008-09 Top Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 2008 Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Gopher Olympians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Minnesota Recordbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Year-by-Year Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Minnesota Swimming & Diving Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64-65 Minnesota’s All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66-67 Minnesota’s Big Ten Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68-69 Letterwinners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70-71 Jean Freeman/Dorothy Sheppard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 The 2009-10 Minnesota Women’s Swimming & Diving media guide is published by the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Communications Office. Additional copies of may be purchased for $8 (shipping & handling included) by sending a check made payable to the University of Minnesota to: University of Minnesota Athletic Communications Office 244 Bierman Field Athletic Building 516 15th Ave. SE Minneapolis, Minn. 55455 For more information, please contact the athletic office at: Phone: 612.625.4090 Fax: 612.624.0359 Email: gophers@umn.edu

CREDITS

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The 2009-10 Minnesota Swimming & Diving media guide was written and compiled by Michelle Traen. Layout, design and covers by Sara Berhow and Jeff Keiser. Photography: Eric Miller, Brad Person, Jerry Lee and Chris Mitchell Printing: University of Minnesota Printing Services Special thanks to Bob Swoverland and the staff at University of Minnesota Printing Services.


team roster

2009-10

ROSTER Name Molly Belk Paige Bradley Loren Brandon Kelci Bryant Brianna Chu Megan Braun Lisa Clementi Annalise Colton Marissa Davies Alison Eggers Taylor Enerson Amy Funk Lauren Greenburg Katie Grunawalt Andrea Hanson Natalie Herrild Corina Hopkins-Vacca Emma Jackson Kaylee Jamison Katie Johnson Kimberly Kazika Jenna Lennertz Avery Michienzi Cory Miller Melissa Nelson Eleanor Prewitt-Thomas Meagan Radecke Kelsey Ridder Lauren Smith Stephanie Solfelt Haley Spencer Abigail Staats Ashley Steenvoorden Kristen Steenvoorden Madeline Takaki Lissa Tommerdahl Jillian Tyler Courtney Veerman Castina Wabeke Lauren Weis Meghan Weiss Elizabeth Weitz Hannah Whitehead

Yr. Jr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Jr. So. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So.

Event Fly/Free Breast/IM/Fly Distance Free Diving Back Fly/Free Back Free/Fly Free Free Diving Free Breast/IM Diving Back Free/Fly Breast/IM Breaststroke Fly/Sprint Free Breast/IM Breast/IM Fly Breaststroke IM Sprint Free/IM Sprint Free Fly/Free Back IM/Back Breast/IM Free Distance Free IM Fly Free Breast/IM Free/Fly Back Free Free IM Free

Hometown/High School/Previous School Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis South Danville, Calif./Montevista Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek Chatham, Ill./Keystone National Racine, Wis./Case Edina, Minn./Edina HS Hudson, Ohio/Hudson HS Edina, Minn./Edina Winnipeg, Man./Westwood Collegiate Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount HS Winger, Minn./Fosston HS Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd HS Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie Granger, Ind./Penn Edina, Minn./Edina HS Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South Lunenburg, Mass./Gardner HS North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North HS Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake HS Muskego, Wis./Greendale Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis South Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove Lee's Summit, Mo./Blue Springs Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater HS Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West Winona, Minn./Winona East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick San Jose, Calif./Presentation Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community Calgary, Alberta/Ernest Manning HS Verona, Wis./Middleton HS Loveland, Colo./Thompson Valley HS St. Paul, Minn./Cretin Derham Hall St. Paul, Minn./Convent of the Visitation Seattle, Wash./Ingraham East Grand Forks, N.D./East Grand Forks

Major Elementary Education Liberal Arts Civil Engineering Undecided Undecided Kinesiology Kinesiology Biomedical Engineering Finance Sociology Child Psychology Genetics and Cell Biology Animal Science Kinesiology Marketing Economics Biomedical Engineering Economics Biochemistry Undecided Kinesiology Kinesiology Genetics and Cell Biology Actuarial Science Business Marketing Secondary Education Biomedical Engineering Health and Wellness Neuroscience Elementary Education Undecided Undecided Elementary Education Math Education Nutrition and Food Science Biology Journalism Kinesiology Elementary Education Undecided Pre-med Undecided Finance

Co-Head Coaches: Terry Nieszner and Kelly Kremer Diving Coach: Wenbo Chen Volunteer Asst. Swim Coach: Stacy Busack Student Assistant: Jenny Shaughnessy Student Manager: Carolyn Salutz Diving Managers: Maggie Thomas (team), Abby Brown (meet)

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season outlook

2009-10

SEASON PREVIEW Ashley Steenvoorden

Andrea Hanson Starting their sixth year at the helm of Minnesota swimming and diving, co-head coaches Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner’s goals for this season once again include vying for a Big Ten team title. At the national level Minnesota hopes to crack the top 10 after finishing 11th at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Minnesota returns eight All-Americans to this year’s squad, including two-time NCAA 100 breaststroke runnerup Jillian Tyler. The combination of grizzled veterans and talented freshmen will certainly help the Gophers continue their success at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. “With 11 NCAA returners we have the experience and leadership in position to move forward at the Big Ten and NCAA levels,” Nieszner said. This season Minnesota welcomes head diving coach Wenbo Chen to the program. For the past four years, Wenbo coached USA Diving and was the associate director of USA Diving’s National Training Center. This addition will greatly strengthen the Golden Gopher diving program and has brought instant national respect. “As coaches we talk all the time about being a balanced team,” Kremer said. It’s going to be fun to watch our diving program develop and grow under Coach Chen.”

CAPTAINS

NEWCOMERS

SPRINT FREE

Minnesota brings in a strong freshman class that includes three U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers. Paige Bradley (Danville, Calif.) 100 and 200 breaststroke; Katie Johnson (Arvada, Colo.) 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley; and Haley Spencer (O’Fallon, Mo.) 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 IM. Minnesota also welcomes Loren Brandon (Centennial, Colo.), Brianna Chu (Racine, Wis.), Annalise Colton (Edina, Minn.), diver Erin Eagan (Forest Lake, Minn.), Lauren Greenberg (Eden Prairie, Minn.), diver Katie Grunawalt (Granger, Ind.), Emma Jackson (North Kingstown, R.I.), Eleanor Prewitt-Thomas (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Stephanie Solfelt (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Abigail Staats (Winona, Minn.), Madeline Takaki (San Jose, Calif.), Lauren Weis (St. Paul, Minn.), Meghan Weiss (St. Paul, Minn.) and Elizabeth Weitz (Seattle, Wash.). “There is always a high level of energy and excitement with incoming freshmen,” Nieszner said. “When we combine that with our returning leadership it will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Minnesota has big shoes to fill in the sprint freestyle with the loss of Stacy Busack and Meredith McCarthy. However, the Gophers will look to fill the void with returning All-Americans Alison Eggers, Kaylee Jamison and Meagan Radecke. All three were members of Minnesota’s dominant sprint freestyle relays last season and the Gophers will look for them to contribute in the relays this year as well. Jamison and Radecke were members of the 200 free relay that won the Big Ten Championship and finished 11th in the country at the NCAA’s. Eggers contributed to the 400 free relay, which set a Big Ten record en route to capturing the championship and finished 10th at the NCAA’s. “Our sprint freestyle events will be strengthened with the addition of freshmen Abbey Staats and Meghan Weiss. Junior Megan Braun and sophomore Marissa Davies will also add to the depth in sprint free. Again – a lot of returning talent and experience mixed with freshmen energy and drive will provide Minnesota with a solid sprint freestyle squad,” said Nieszner.

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This year Minnesota welcomes a diverse group of captains with two seniors and two juniors for the 2009-10 season. The Minnesota captains are seniors Andrea Hanson (Edina, Minn.) and Castina Wabeke (Loveland, Colo.) along with juniors Molly Belk (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Courtney Veerman (Verona, Wis.). During their time with Minnesota, all four have had Big Ten Championship experience and Wabeke leads the group with All-American honors for the 400 medley relay last year. “Our captains are a very good representation of our team,” Nieszner said. “Each of these individuals brings unique strengths, skills and personality. Together this leadership team is set to bring the 2009-2010 Golden Gophers another season of success in and out of the pool.”

MIDDLE DISTANCE AND DISTANCE FREE Minnesota’s middle distance and distance freestyle look to be one of the Gophers’ strengths this season, even with the loss of All-Americans Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi and Meredith McCarthy. Leading Minnesota this season will be twins Kristen and Ashley Steenvoorden, who had a fantastic freshman year. Ashley earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in the 1650 freestyle, while Kristen competed in the 500 free and 400 individual medley at NCAAs. At the Big Ten level, Ashley won the Big Ten title in the 1,650 as a freshman. She won the event with a pool-record and career-best time of 15:55.78. “Kristen and Ashley really proved to be great middle distance freestylers as well as distance freestylers. Marissa Davies is a solid performer at the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle events. They all used their summer to improve and become elite national caliber freestylers,” Kremer said. “We're really excited about that group and then we add the incoming freshmen like multiple state champion Lauren Weis and multiple state champion Meghan Weiss. Courtney Veerman was out last year and now she's back with us. Courtney had an unbelievable summer and is right back to where she was, maybe even a little bit stronger than 24 months ago. She's one that's going to have a major impact on our team. The versatile and talented junior Megan Braun will add depth at both the 100 and 200 distances.”

Alison Eggers


season outlook Kristen Steenvoorden

Kelci Bryant

Molly Belk

BUTTERFLY

INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

DIVING

Clearly one of Minnesota’s strongest events, the 100 and 200 butterflies, will be led by All-American Megan Braun. As a sophomore, Braun won the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships and competed at the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events. Another NCAA All-American returner is Kaylee Jamison who will definitely be a force to contend with in the 100 butterfly. Adding to the strength in butterfly are juniors Molly Belk and Kelsey Ridder and sophomores Jenna Lennertz and Kristen Steenvoorden. Newcomer Annalise Colton brings national level experience in the 200 butterfly and Minnesota has a very strong butterfly contingent. “It is very fun to look at our butterfly group,” Nieszner said. The strength, depth, and talent are amazing. We have Kaylee and Jenna who specialize in the 100. Megan, Kelsey, Molly, Annalise, and Kristen can all compete at the national level in both the 100 and 200 events. Minnesota’s strength in fly will be evident.”

Minnesota lost its top individual medley swimmer from a year ago in Jenny Shaughnessy, but returns a wealth of depth this season. The Gopher will look to returners Jillian Tyler and Kaylee Jamison in the 200 IM and Kristen Steenvoorden in the 400 IM to take over where Shaughnessy left off. Tyler holds the team’s second best time in the 200 IM (1:58.67), while Steenvoorden holds the team’s secondbest time in the 400 IM (4:12.85). Also looking to get into the mix will be freshman Paige Bradley. Touted as the No. 23 recruit in the nation, Bradley brings in her breaststroke and IM talent to the program. Along with her, the Gophers will look at another breaststroker in the IMs with junior Kaylee Jamison. Last season, Jamison earned All-America honors for the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay. Also looking to get some time in the IMs will be freshmen Katie Johnson of Arvada, Colo. and Haley Spencer of O’Fallen, Mo. “Once again in the individual medleys we are very balanced,” Nieszner said. “We have Jillian and Kaylee who specialize in the 200 and Kristen, Paige, Haley, and Katie who all can compete at the highest level in both the 200 and 400 IMs. The returners all have NCAA experience and all the newcomers have US Olympic Trial experience. This is a group that will make an impact.”

Starting his first year as Minnesota’s diving head coach, Wenbo Chen brings in a wealth of experience to elevate the diving program after being the head coach for USA Diving. Following Wenbo to Minnesota is U.S. Olympic diver Kelci Bryant, who finished fourth in the springboard synchronized 3-meter at the 2008 Olympics. Also diving for Minnesota this season is returning diver Taylor Enerson and freshmen Katie Grunawalt. “With Wenbo comes instant national and international recognition.” Nieszner said. “That alone brings our diving program to a level it has never been before. Olympian Kelci Bryant adds an athlete to our program that will definitely make an impact.”

BACKSTROKE

BREASTSTROKE

Minnesota returns two of its top three backstrokers from a year ago with Castina Wabeke and Hannah Whitehead. All-American Wabeke ranks second in school history in the 200 back and fifth overall in the 100 back. She also earned All-America honors last year in the 400 medley relay. Whitehead emerged last season to become Minnesota’s top 100 backstroker, swimming in the 100 back final at the Big Ten Championships. She also earned All-America honors in the 400 medley relay. Also looking to score for Minnesota this season in the back is senior Andrea Hanson as well as sophomore Jenna Lennertz. “Hannah is a great addition to our backstroke group,” Kremer said. “She came to Minnesota as a distance freestyle specialist but her outstanding kicking ability has moved her focus to becoming an NCAA caliber backstroker. Along with Wabeke and Lennertz, who both have NCAA experience, the Minnesota backstroke events will be well covered.”

Like Minnesota’s butterfly events, the Gopher breaststrokers will continue to be strength for Minnesota at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Leading the group is two-time NCAA runner-up in the 100 breast, Jillian Tyler. A two-time Big Ten champion in the 100 breast, she shattered her Minnesota top-times in the 100 breast (58.53) and 200 breast (2:07.92) at last year’s NCAAs. She also helped the 400 medley relay to a 13th-place finish at the NCAAs. “Jill has had an outstanding college career so far. In just two years she has established herself nationally and internationally as one of the best. She will continue to lead Minnesota’s breaststroke group in pursuit of further goals,” Kremer said. “She will be surrounded by a group of very elite young breaststrokers in Haley Spencer, Paige Bradley, Katie Johnson and Emma Jackson. Add to that the returning breaststrokers who have national level experience in Kaylee Jamison and Kim Kazika and Minnesota’s breaststroke events will be very deep and extremely competitive.”

MINNESOTA SCHEDULE OCT 2

ALUMNI MEET

OCT 16

INTRASQUAD

Oct 30

Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.)

Nov 6

Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

NOV 13-15 MINNESOTA GRAND PRIX Dec. 4-6

Ohio State Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)

Jan 22-23

Rutgers/Swim World Carnival

Jan 29-30

Illinois/Purdue/Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.)

FEB 5-6

MINNESOTA CHALLENGE

Feb 17-20 Big Ten Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.) FEB 28

GOPHER-IT INVITE

Mar 12-14 NCAA Zone Diving Championships Mar 18-20 NCAA Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Jillian Tyler

Castina Wabeke

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player biographies

molly

BELK

JUNIOR freestyle • butterfly Minneapolis, Minn. High School Minneapolis South Club Twin Cities Club

MOLLY BELK

BELK’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 100 fly 200 fly

Time 54.69 1:57.83

MN All-Time Rk [13] [2]

2009-10 • JUNIOR SEASON: Team co-captain. 2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Letterwinner • held the team's second-fastest time in the 200 fly (1:57.83), ranking second in school history • had 58 points in the dual season • started her sophomore season with a win in the 200 fly against Michigan (2:03.25) • won the 200 fly in the dual against North Carolina in 2:02.05, giving the Gophers nine points • raced in four events during the Iowa dual (11/7) • finished second in the 200 fly at the Minnesota Grand Prix, only trailing American recordholder Mary DeScenza • competed in the 100 fly during the Ohio State Invite (12/5), posting a career-best time of 54.92 in the prelims and finished seventh in the finals • competed in the 200 fly, the 200 breast and the 400 IM in the Washington dual (1/17) • raced in the 200 fly consolation final. 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first NCAA appearance as a freshman • achieved NCAA ‘A’ time standard win in the 200 butterfly at the Ohio State Invite (1:58.86), which also set a then-school record • Also boasts personal best of 55.65 in the 100 butterfly, achieved in a fourth-place showing at the OSU Invite • Won 200 fly in duals against Florida (10/13), Iowa (10/19), and North Carolina (11/2) • placed seventh overall in the 200 butterfly at the Big Ten Championships (2:00.14) • bettered her 200 fly time to 1:58.78 at Big Tens.

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HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Minneapolis South High School (2007) • state champion in the 200 free under Jeff Sanders • All-American • also competed for the Twin Cities Club team under coach Jim Andersen • finished in the top 24 at the 2005 summer nationals • threetime 200 fly champion at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 speedo championship series • earned an Olympic Trial time in the 200 fly event • also earned the school’s Athena award • letterwinner in both swimming and rugby • entered her freshman season with a personal best time of 1: 52 in the 200 free and 2:01 in the 200 fly. PERSONAL: Born September 8, 1989 • daughter of Beth Gilhooly and Russ Belk • elementary education.


player biographies

megan

BRAUN

JUNIOR freestyle • butterfly Edina, Minn. High School Edina Club Team Foxjet

MEGAN BRAUN

BRAUN’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 100 fly 200 fly 500 free

Time 53.14 1:56.00 4:48.65

MN All-Time Rk [1] [1] [8]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her second trek to NCAAs and earned AllAmerica honorable mention accolades with the 400 medley relay • First-Team All-Big Ten • Big Ten champion in the 200 butterfly • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • letterwinner • had 62 points in dual action and 43.5 at the Big Ten Championships • began her sophomore season with the 400 medley relay in a win over Michigan (10/10) • placed third overall in the 200 fly against North Carolina (2:04.64) • raced in three events in the Iowa dual (11/7) • helped the 400 free relay to a win at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/16) • matched a careerbest time of 53.79 in the 100 fly when she won the event at the OSU Invite (12/5) • won the 500 free consolation final at the OSU Invite with a careerbest and provisional qualifying time of 4:48.76 • helped the 400 medley relay to a win at the OSU Invite (12/5) • finished third overall in the 200 fly and fifth in the 100 against Washington (1/17) • added a second-place 100 fly finish at the Quad Duals (1/30) • set school records in both the 100 and 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships • her win at the Big Ten was her first individual event of her career. 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to the NCAA Championships as a freshman and earned All-America honors in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 butterfly • held the team’s top time in the 100 fly (53.79) and 200 fly (1:57.34), both of which were school records • held the fourth-highest dual point meets fo the team with 100 • scored 51 points in championship competition • helped the 200 medley relay to a wins

over Florida (10/13) and Notre Dame (10/29) • placed second in the 200 fly in the dual against North Carolina (11/2) • won the 100 fly in the dual against the Fighting Irish • set a then-season-best times in at the OSU Invite (11/30) • set two thenschool records at the Big Ten Championships in times of 53.93 in the 100 fly and 1:57.85 in the 200 fly • first-team All-Big Ten as a member of the winning 400 medley relay, which automatically qualified for NCAAs and set a school record (3:34.16) • placed third in the 200 fly and seventh in the 100 fly at Big Tens • also swam the 500 free at Big Tens with a time of 4:49.47, which ranked the third-fastest on the team behind All-Americans Yuen Kobayashi and Christine Jennings. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Edina High School (2007) • competed with Edina High School and Team Foxjet under coach Ann Urschel • named the 2005 Minnesota Co-High School Swimmer of the Year • Minnesota state record holder in the 200 free, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay • earned three Olympic Trial cut times in the 100 and 200 fly and the 100 free • competed in the 100 fly at the 2007 Summer Nationals and placed 21st overall • named to the 2007 NCSA All-Star Team • two-time KARE 11 Athlete of the Week • entered her college career with a 100 free meter time of 57.10, 2:04.20 in the 200 free and 1:01.08 in the 100 fly • member of the A honor roll. PERSONAL: Born January 6, 1989 • kinesiology major • daughter of David and Anne Braun • has two sisters Katie and Sarah • sister, Katie, swam at Northwestern. 7 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

kelci

BRYANT

SOPHOMORE diving Chatham, Ill. High School Keystone National (Homeschooled) Club Unattached

KELCI BRYANT

PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Competed one year at Miami before transferring to Minnesota • competed at the Beijing Olympics in the springboard synchronized 3-meter with partner Ariel Rittenhouse under U.S. diving coach Wenbo Chen • finished fourth overall in their Olympic debut • member of the U.S. National Team since 2005 • has earned numerous accolades during her career • competed at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome and with Rittenhouse and finished sixth overall in the synchro 3-meter • was a bronze medalist at the 2009 FINA Diving World Series (Great Britain) on the 3-meter • at the 2008 World Cup, earned a bronze medal on the synchronized 3-meter and placed 12th on the 3-meter • was a back-to-back gold-medalist on the synchronized 3-meter at the 2007 and 2008 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championship • In 2005, Bryant was the national champion on the 1meter and 3-meter at the age of 16. PERSONAL: Born January 15, 1989 • undecided on a major • daughter of Kathie and Randy Bryant • is the youngest of five children • comes from an athletic family with all four siblings competing in college athletics • sister, Katie, was a national champion diver at Miami • brother, Kevin, played baseball at Morehead State • sister, Kara, swam at Millikin University • brother, Steve, plays baseball at Culver-Stockton • started homeschooling in order to have more time to train.

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player biographies

lisa

CLEMENTI

JUNIOR backstroke Hudson, Ohio High School Hudson Club Lake Erie Silver Dolphins

LISA CLEMENTI

CLEMENTI’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 100 back 200 back

Time 58.31 2:06.10

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Competed in four events during her sophomore season • competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke in the dual against Iowa • swam in four events and one relay at the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix • member of the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay that competed against Hiram College during the Hawaii training trip • earned career-best times in the 100 and 200 back at the Minnesota Challenge, touching the wall in 58.31 and 2:06.10 • also competed in the 50 free and the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay at the Minnesota Challenge.

selection • four-year letterwinner in swimming • National Honor Society member • also competed for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins under coach Jerry Holtrey PERSONAL: Born March 17, 1989 • kinesiology major • daughter of Nick and Linda Clementi • has a twin sister, Gina, and two older sisters Kristina and Cindy.

2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Raced with the Minnesota C 200 free relay in the dual against Notre Dame (10/26) • raced in the dual against North Carolina in the 100 back (x1:01.54) • finished 18th in the 200 back and 34th in the100 back at Minnesota Grand Prix (11/10) • raced in the dual against Arizona State • raced with the Minnesota C 200 medley relay at the Minnesota Challenge • finished fifth in the 200 back (2:09.33) and seventh in the 100 back (1:00.23) at the Minnesota Challenge. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Hudson HIgh School • finished third at the 2007 district championships in the 100 back • 2007 district champion in the 200 medley relay • became the school record holder in the 100 back • multiple All-Ohio honoree • all-conference

9 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

marissa

DAVIES

SOPHOMORE freestyle Winnipeg, Manitoba High School Westwood Collegiate Club Manta Swim Club

MARISSA DAVIES

DAVIES’ BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 100 free 200 free 500 free

Time 49.85 1:47.27 4:45.50

MN All-Time Rk [5] [6] [4]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: As a freshman, competed at the NCAA Championships as an alternate • earned her first letter and competed at the Big Ten Championships • held the team's fourth-best time in the 200 and 500 free • had 47 points in dual-meet action and 23 at the Big Ten Championships • started her Gopher career with a 200 free win and a fourthplace finish against Michigan (10/10) • won the 100 free against Michigan State (10/11) • helped the 800 free to a win over North Carolina (10/31) • set a career-best time of 4:48.61 at the OSU Invite when she finished fifth overall and followed with a sixth-place time in the 200 free, also a career-best time • raced in three events in the dual win over Washington (1/17) • was fifth in the 200 free at Quad Duals (1/30) • just missed the 200 free Big Ten championship final when she placed ninth overall in 1:47.27 • finished 12th overall at Big Tens in a career-best time of 4:45.50 in the 500 free. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Westwood Collegiate High School • competed with the Manta Swim Club under coach Tom Hainey • competed at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials in April of 2008 • national qualifier in the sprint and middle distance freestyles • selected to the 2007-08 Canadian Junior National Team • awarded Manitoba’s Outstanding Youth Swimmer in back-to-back years

10 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

in 2005-06 and 2006-07 • Canadian national and Olympic Trial qualifier in seven events • enters her collegiate career with times of 27.0 (LCM) in the 50 free, 57.8 in the 100 free, 2:04.0 in the 200 free and 4:22.0 in the 400 free. PERSONAL: Born June 30, 1990 • daughter of Lyle and Lucille Davies • majoring in finance.


player biographies

alison

EGGERS

JUNIOR freestyle Rosemount, Minn. High School Rosemount Club Tigersharks Swim Club

ALISON EGGERS

EGGERS’ BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 50 free 100 free

Time 23.21 49.84

MN All-Time Rk [13] [4]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs and earned AllAmerica honors with the 200 and 400 free relays • Big Ten champion with the 400 free relay • FirstTeam All-Big Ten • Academic All-Big Ten selection • held the team’s third-best in the 100 free (49.84) • began her sophomore season helping the 400 free relay to a win at Michigan (10/10) • finished second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free against Michigan State (10/11) • had 47 points in dualmeet action • placed second in the 100 free in the dual win over Iowa (11/7) • posted a time of 23.44 at the Minnesota Grand Prix for second overall • added a career-best time of 23.21 during the 50 free prelims at the OSU Invite (12/5) and followed with a career-best time of 50.60 in the 100 free finals • helped the 400 free relay to a wins against Washington (1/17) and at the Quad Duals (1/30) • letterwinner.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Rosemount High School • competed with Rosemount High School with coaches Jim Ertl and Nate Kremer and the Tigersharks Swim Club under coach Shawn Deleary • All-America honoree • all-state selection • section swimmer of the year after becoming the section champion in the 50 and 100 free • finished third in the 100 back and fifth in the 50 free at the 2007 summer long course state meet • Academic/Athletic scholastic Award winner • finished in the top 10 percent of her class and was an A-honor roll student throughout her high school career. PERSONAL: Born January 18, 1989 • majoring in sociology: criminology and deviance • daughter of Katrina Walter and Mark Eggers.

2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Competed in four events in the dual against Iowa (10/20) • finished sixth in the 200 free and third with the 200 free relay in the dual against North Carolina (11/3) • finished 10th in the 50 free and 11th in the 200 free at the OSU Invite • competed in her first Big Ten Championship as a freshman • placed 18th in the 100 free (51.02) and 24th in the 50 free (23.55) and the 200 free (1:51.28) at Big Tens, earning career-best times in every event • earned her first letter.

11 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

taylor

ENERSON

JUNIOR diving Winger, Minn. High School Fosston

TAYLOR ENERSON

ENERSON’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 1-meter 3-meter platform

Score 274.25 266.00 245.85

MN All-Time Rk

[4]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Held the Gophers' best scores in all three boards • opened her sophomore season at Michigan (10/10) • finished second overall in the platform in the dual against Michigan State • placed second in the 3meter against North Carolina (11/1) • competed in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the dual against Iowa •won the platform crown at the Minnesota Diving Invite where she qualified for NCAA Diving and accomplished her career-best score • competed in all three levels at the Ohio State Invitational • finished second in the platform in the dual against Wyoming (1/7) • her score of 266.00 in the 3-meter against Wyoming was a career best score • earned a career-best score in the 1-meter at the Minnesota Challenge • placed seventh overall on the platform at NCAA Zone Diving. 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Started her Gopher career in the dual against Florida where she finished seventh in both the 1 and 3 meter events • placed seventh in the 1-meter and eighth in the 3-meter against Iowa (10/19) • finished sixth in the 3-meter and seventh in the platform at the Minnesota Invite • all three of her best scores came at the Minnesota Invite at 230.40 in the 1-meter, 233.25 in the 3-meter and 142.20 in the platform • competed in all three boards at the Hoosierland Open. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Fosston High School (2007) • five-year letterwinner in both diving and speech and a threeyear letterwinner in track • conference champion 12 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

four-straight years from 2003-06 • section champion in 2003, 2004 and 2006 • four-year state championship participant • won the Huskie Invite • set the pool record for six dives at the 2005 Grand Rapids Invite • graduated third in her class with a 3.968 grade point average • earned the Spotlight on Scholarship Gold Award all four years of high school and the Academic Excellence Award three years. PERSONAL: Born July 24, 1989 • majoring in child psychology and youth studies • daughter of Woody Enerson and Leah Faudskar • dad, Woody and Kim Meindl of Detroit Lakes were her coaches before coming to Minnesota.


player biographies

amy

FUNK

SENIOR freestyle Hoffman Estates, Ill. High School Fremd Club Palatine Park District

AMY FUNK

FUNK’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2007

Event 200 free 500 free 1,000 free

Time 1:51.51 4:57.77 10:19.80

2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Raced in three meets during the season • started her junior year in the dual against Iowa, where she competed in the 100 and 200 free • won the 500 free C Final at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/14) and also swam in the 100 free and the 400 free relay that finished second overall • won three events at the Minnesota Challenge in the 500 free (4:57.77), the 200 free (1:51.51) and with the 400 medley relay • held a career-best time in the 500 and 200 free at the Minnesota Challenge. 2007-08 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Held the team’s fourth-fastest times in both the 1,000 free and the 1,650 free • Started her sophomore season at the Iowa meet where she finished fourth in the 1,000 free (10:22.47) • finished sixth in the 1,000 free against Notre Dame (10:19.80) and seventh in the 500 free (5:05.83) • won the 500 and the 1,650 free events at the Falcon Invite (11/30) • held a time of 10:20.49 in the dual against Arizona State and finished fourth overall • also placed sixth in the 500 free against the Sun Devils (5:05.13).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of William Fremd High School (2006) • an eight-time state qualifier in the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and relays with the William Fremd High School team • a seven-time conference champion in the 200 free (2), 100 fly, 100 back and the 500 free (2) • Senior National Qualifier in the 400 free relay • a NISCA All- American consideration and an all-state honoree • held four high school team records in the 100 fly, the 100 free, the 200 free and the 400 free relay • ranked in the top 10 percent in her class, was on the A Honor Roll and was a member of the National Honor Society. PERSONAL: Born June 8, 1988 • daughter of Ron and Diane Funk • majoring in genetics and cell biology • sister Kelly was a member of the Illinois swim team.

2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Competed in five events in her rookie campaign • started her season in the dual meet against Cal (10/27) • finished fifth in the Iowa meet in the 1,000 freestyle • raced in three events at the Minnesota Invite (11/17) • competed in the 1,000 and 500 free events in the Cal meet (1/6) • won the 500 and 1,650 free at the Minnesota Challenge and finished sixth in the 200 free.

13 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

andrea

HANSON

SENIOR backstroke Edina, Minn. High School Edina Club Edina Swim Club

ANDREA HANSON

HANSON’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 200 back 100 back

Time 2:00.19 56.46

MN All-Time Rk

[11] [15]

2009-10 • SENIOR SEASON: Team co-captain. 2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • held the team’s fourth-fastest time in the 200 back (2:00.19) • opened her junior season with a thirdplace 100 back finish in the Michigan dual (10/10) • held a second-place finish in the 200 back at the Michigan State win (10/11) • added a fourth-place showing in both the 100 back and the 200 breast against Iowa (11/7) • clocked her season-best times at the OSU Invite (12/5) • finished sixth in the 200 back at the OSU Invite with a career-best time of 2:00.72 • finished second in the 100 and 200 back against Washington (1/17) • competed in the 200 back C Final and the prelims of the 100 back • earned a career-best time of 2:00.19 at the Gopher-It Invitational (3/1). 2007-08 • SOPHOMORE EASON: Held the team's fifth-best time in the 200 back (2:01.29) Competed in the 200 medley relay, the 100 and 200 back events in the dual against Iowa • competed in the 200 IM, the 100 back and the 200 back at the OSU Invite (11/30) • finished 10th in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.30 • competed in her second-straight Big Ten Championships to earn her second varsity letter • competed in the 100 and 200 backs and the 200 IM at Big Tens • placed 20th in the 200 back (2:01.29), 26th in the 100 back (57.12) and 37th in the 200 IM (2:06.98).

14 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Named one of the team’s most improved • held the team’s fourth-fastest time in the 200 IM (2:05.31) • finished seventh in the Cal meet (10/13) and sixth against Florida (10/27) in the 200 back • competed in six events at the Minnesota Invite (11/17) • finished 18th in the 200 back, 23rd in the 200 IM and 28th in the 100 back at the Georgia meet (12/1) • finished 12th overall at the Big Ten Triple Duals in the 400 IM (1/19) • placed 24th in both the 200 IM and the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships (2/8). HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Edina High School (2006) • AllAmerican in 2005 and 2004 and an all-state selection four straight years • was a multiple finalist at the Minnesota State High School State Championships in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke events • member of five-time conference championship team • also a member of three state championship teams • was the runnerup in the 200 IM • voted most improved in 2001 and team captain in 2005 • member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student • also lettered in nordic skiing and community service • swam for the Edina Swim Club with her coach and former Gopher Jeff Rodriguez. PERSONAL: Born October 3, 1987 • daughter of Brad and Susan Hanson • majoring in marketing • dad, Brad, played football at Gustavus Adolphus.


player biographies

corina

HOPKINS-VACCA

SENIOR breaststroke • individual medley Lunenburg, Mass. High School Gardner Club Greenwood Memorial

CORINA HOPKINS-VACCA

HOPKINS-VACCA’S BESTS Year 2007 2007

Event 100 breast 200 breast

Time 1:04.56 2:18.61

2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Swam in four meets during the course of the season • raced in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and the 200 medley relay at the Iowa dual • placed third in the 200 and fifth in the 100 against the Hawkeyes • raced in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley at the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix • competed against Hiram College during the Hawaii winter training trip • finished the season at the Minnesota Challenge, swimming in seven events • earned a career-best time int he 100 breast at the Minnesota Challenge (1:04.56) • also swam in the 200 and 800 free relay, the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 IM. 2007-08 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Had the team’s fifth-fastest time in the 200 breast (2:18.61) • competed in the dual against Florida (x1:07.20) • finished fourth overall in the 100 breast (1:05.94) in the dual against Iowa • swam a 100 breast time of 1:07.19 to finish 14th at the Minnesota Grand Prix • raced in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes in the Arizona State dual •won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the Minnesota Challenge with career-best times of 1:05.94 and 2:18.61.

Georgia Invite (12/1) • finished 10th overall in the 100 breast at the Triple Duals (1/19) • record career-best times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at Big Tens. HIGH SCHOOL: 2006 graduate of Gardner High School • U.S. Open qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events • member of the Gardner High School team • 2005 and 2006 state champion in the 100 breast and was runner-up in the 200 free • had 10 top-three finishes to score points in Gardner’s 10th, 11th and 13th consecutive swimming state championship victories • member of the USA’ Swimming’s 2005 Scholastic All-American team • 2006 Spring National qualifier in the 200 breaststroke. PERSONAL: Born January 26, 1988 • majoring in biomedical engineering • daughter of Tambra Hopkins and Philip Vacca • step-parents are David Kumlin and Cheri Vacca.

2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Held 33 points in dual meet action and earned her first letter • placed fifth in the 100 and 200 breaststroke against Cal (10/13) • added a thirdplace showing in the 200 breast and fifth the 100 against Florida (10/27) • competed in three events at the Minnesota Invite (11/17) and three in the 15 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

kaylee

JAMISON

JUNIOR sprint freestyle • butterfly St. Charles, Ill. High School St. Charles North Club St. Charles Swim Club

KAYLEE JAMISON

JAMISON’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 50 free 100 fly

Time 22.56 53.31

MN All-Time Rk [3] [2]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs and was an AllAmerican in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay • Big Ten champion with the 200 free relay • First-Team All-Big Ten • Academic All-Big Ten selection • held the team’s third-fastest time in the 50 free (22.56) and second-fastest in the 100 fly (53.31) • letterwinner • third on the team in dualmeet points with 153 and 47 at the Big Ten Championships • began her sophomore year with a second-place finish in the 50 free and third in 100 fly (10/10) • won the 100 breast, the 200 IM and helped the 200 medley relay to a win against Michigan State (10/11) • raced with the winning 200 medley relay and finished third in the 50 free at the North Carolina win • helped Minnesota to a wins in the 200 free and 200 medley relays at the OSU Invite (12/5) • chipped in a career-best 22.83 in the 50 free prelims, 53.80 in the 100 fly and 1:03.69 in the 100 breast prelims at the OSU Invite • provisionally qualified for events at the OSU Invite • won the 100 fly in the dual win over Washington • won the 100 fly and finished third in the 50 free at the Quad Duals. 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Held the team's third-best time in the 50 free (23.03) and in the 100 fly (55.42) • started the season against Iowa, finishing third overall in the 50 free (10/20) • member of the 200 medley relay that defeated North Carolina (11/3) • finished third in the 100 fly in the dual against Arizona State (1/19) • helped the 200 medley relay win at the Quad Duals (2/2) • competed in her first Big Ten Championships as a freshman and earned her first 16 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

letter • placed 12th overall in the 50 free (23.21) and the 100 fly (55.42) at Big Tens • also competed with the 200 medley relay that finished fourth at Big Tens. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of St. Charles North (2007) • 2006 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner • member of the St. Charles Swim Team under coaches Rob Rooney and Tim Lewarchik • first-team AllAmerican and second team all-state honoree • U.S. Junior National Qualifier and a U.S. Sectional Finalist • school record holder in the 100 butterfly, the 50 freestyle and the 200 individual medley • was also a member of the track and field team • National Honor Society officer as well as a member of the peer leadership. PERSONAL: Born June 24, 1989 • majoring in biochemistry • daughter of Marianne and Michael Jamison • has an older brother Eric • also was a U.S. Junior National Triathlon Championship finalist.


player biographies

kimberly

KAZIKA

SENIOR breaststroke • individual medley Prior Lake, Minn. High School Prior Lake Club Backline Aquatics

KIMBERLY KAZIKA

KAZIKA’S BESTS Year 2008 2008

Event 100 breast 200 breast

Time 1:03.10 2:16.06

MN All-Time Rk [10] [8]

2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Held the team’s third-best time in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events • started her junior year with fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast at the Michigan dual (10/10) and then added fourth and fifth place in the Michigan State dual (10/11) • added a second-place showing in the win over Iowa (11/7) • finished fourth overall in the 100 breast at the OSU Invite (12/5), adding a career-best time (1:03.10) • held the fourth-best time in the 200 breast at the Quad Duals (2:20.53) • finished 17th overall in the 100 breast and 20th in the 200 breast • letterwinner. 2007-08 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Held the team’s third-fastest time in the 100 breast (1:03.34) and fourth-fastest time in the 200 breast (2:16.06) • started the season with a fourth-place showing in the 100 breast against Florida (10/13) • member of the Minnesota B 200 medley relay team that finished second in the dual against Iowa (10/19) as well as fourth in the 100 breast • also placed fourth in the 100 breast against North Carolina (11/3) • held a career-best times of 1:03.59 to finish third in the 100 breast and 2:19.48 in the 200 breast at the OSU Invite (11/30) • competed in her second-straight Big Ten Championships • letterwinner • finished 10th in the 200 breast (2:16.06) and 12th in the 100 breast (1:03.34) at Big Tens, which were both personalbest times.

2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Letterwinner • held the team’s best time in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events • placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in the dual against Cal (10/13) • won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and helped the 200 medley to an event win against Iowa (10/20) • won the 100 breast and placed second in the 200 breast against Florida (10/27) • competed in six events at the Minnesota Invite (11/17) • placed fourth overall with the 200 and 400 medley relays at the Georgia Invite (12/1) and ninth in the 100 breast • finished fifth in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 breast at the Triple Duals (1/20) • placed 12th overall in the 100 breast at the Big Tens and earned a personal best time of 1:04.11. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Prior Lake High School (2006) • member of the Prior Lake High School team • multiple Minnesota State High School championship finalist in the 100 breaststroke event • was the the state championship runner-up in 2005 • two-time AllAmerican in the 100 breaststroke • four-time allstate selection and a six-time all-conference honoree • also swam for Blackline Aquatics with coach Jeff Lee for 11 years. PERSONAL: Born October 31, 1987 • daughter of Barb and George Kazika • kinesiology major • dad, George was a college swimmer at Winona State University.

17 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

jenna

LENNERTZ

SOPHOMORE butterfly Muskego, Wis. High School Greendale Club Southwest Aquatics

JENNA LENNERTZ

LENNERTZ’S BESTS Year 2008 2009

Event 100 fly 100 back

Time 53.89 55.45

MN All-Time Rk [4] [8]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs and competed in the 200 medley relay • letterwinner • in her first year with the Gophers, held the team's fourth-best time in the 100 back (55.45) and the 100 fly (53.89) •opened her college career with a fourth-place finish in the 100 back against Michigan (10/10) • finished fourth in the 200 back at the Michigan State dual (10/11) • placed third overall in the 100 back at North Carolina (10/31) • helped the 200 medley relay to a win over Iowa (11/7) • chipped in her career-best 100 fly time at the OSU Invite when she placed fifth overall (54.92) • helped the 200 medley relay to a win over Washington (1/17) • placed second with the 200 medley relay in the Quad Duals (1/30) • clocked a career-best 100 fly time of 53.89 at the Big Ten Championships • scored 15 points at her first Big Ten Championship meet. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated with high honors from Greendale High School (2008) • broke every pool and school record except the 100 breaststroke at Greendale under coach John Wilkinson • all-state selection from 2005-08 • won the state title in the 100 fly all four years of high school • multiple conference swimmer of the year honoree • lettered all four years in swimming • multiple state championships and state records • also swam in the Speedo Championship Series, at the Junior Nationals and the Senior Nationals • enters her collegiate career with top times of 24.11 in the 50 free, 52.32 in the 100 free, 55.22 in the 100 fly and 57.47 in the 100 back.

18 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

PERSONAL: Born April 24, 1990 • daughter of Rick and Jenny Lennertz • plans to major in kinesiology • has four brothers, Ricky, Ross, Jack and Will.


player biographies

avery

MICHIENZI

JUNIOR breaststroke Minneapolis, Minn. High School Minneapolis South Club Richfield Swim Club

AVERY MICHIENZI

MICHIENZI’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 100 breast 200 breast

Time 1:05.69 2:23.24

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Swam in four meets during the season • opened her sophomore campaign against Iowa where she competed in the 100 and 200 breaststroke • raced in four events at the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix (11/14) • member of the 200 medley relay team that competed against Hiram College during the Gophers' Hawaii winter training trip • competed in five events at the Minnesota Challenge (2/6) • held career-best times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Challenge in 1:06.13 and 2:23.24 • also swam the 200 IM, the 800 free relay and the 200 medley relay to close out the season.

under coaches Marc Hameren and Gopher AllAmerican Kate Hardt • all-state selection two straight years • was an all-state honoree in the 200 medley relay in 2005 and 2006 and in the 100 breaststroke in 2006 • finished fifth at the high school state championships in the 100 breaststroke. PERSONAL: Born May 4, 1989 • genetics and cell biology major • daughter of Catherine Grant and Shawn Michienzi.

2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Competed in the duals against Florida and Notre Dame • swam a time of 100 breaststroke time of 1:07.57 to finish 15th at the Minnesota Grand Prix • helped the 400 medley relay to a win at the Falcon Invite (11/30) • posted career-best times when she won the 100 breast (1:06.51) and placed second overall in the 200 breast (2:23.97) • competed in both breaststroke events in the Arizona State dual • finished eighth in the 100 breast (1:08.44) and second in the 200 breast (2:26.55) at the Minnesota Challenge. HIGH SCHOOL: Minneapolis South High School (2007) • swam with Minneapolis South with coaches Jeff Sanders and Neil Anderson and the Richfield Swim Club

19 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

cory

MILLER

SOPHOMORE individual medley Chesterfield, Mo. High School Marquette Club Rockwood Swim Club

CORY MILLER

MILLER’S BESTS Year 2009 2008 2009

Event 100 back 200 back 200 IM

Time 57.27 2:01.87 2:04.77

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Held the team's fifth-best time in the 200 back • opened her Gopher career with a sixth-place 200 back finish in the Michigan dual (10/10) • placed sixth in the 200 fly and the 200 breast against Michigan State (10/11) • placed third in the 200 back during the Iowa dual (11/7) • clocked a career-best 100 back time of 57.33 during the OSU Invite (12/5) and finished 13th overall, while finishing 12th in the 200 back in a career-best in 2:01. 87 • competed in the 400 IM during the Quad Duals (1/30) • letterwinner • competed at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman in the 200 IM, the 100 back and the 200 back and set a career best in the 100 back. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Marquette High School • NISCA All-America honoree • coached by Dan Bostelmann and Greg Emdee • held the school record in the 200 free, and helped her team to relay records in the 200 medley relay and the 200 and 400 free relays • all-conference honoree in ninth, 10th and 12th grade • runner-up in the 200 free state title as a freshman and sophomore • most valuable swimmer in ninth, 10th and 12th grade • three-year varsity letterwinner • member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average • also competed with the Rockwood Swim Club for 11 years • has competed at the Missouri Grand Prix.

20 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

PERSONAL: Born October 27, 1989 • daughter of Kim and Brad Miller • plans to major in actuarial science • high school teammate of former Gopher men’s swimmer Travis Beckerle • sister, Casey, swims at Kentucky.


player biographies

melissa

NELSON

SOPHOMORE sprint freestyle Maple Grove, Minn. High School Maple Grove Club Maple Grove/Champlin

MELISSA NELSON

NELSON’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 50 free 100 free

Time 23.94 51.81

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Competed in four meets as a freshman • started her Gopher career at the Iowa dual, where she placed fifth in the 50 free and competed in the 100 free and the 200 free relay • swam in six events in the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix • member of the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay in the dual against Hiram College during the Hawaii winter training trip • closed out the season at the Minnesota Challenge where she raced in eight events • set career-best times in the 50 and 100 free at the Minnesota Challenge. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Maple Grove high school • earned five letters in swimming at MGHS under coaches Matt Schoen and Julie Kent • NISCA AllAmerican for three straight years • earned all-conference honors from 2003-2007 • all-state selection in 2005-07 • holds the school record in the 50 and 100 free and was members of the record-holding 200 and 400 free relays • team mvp in two seasons • member of the Minnesota Class AA state championship team • competed with the Maple Grove/Champlin Swim Club for 10 years • competed in the Speedo Series for seven years and at the Junior Nationals two years • also lettered in track & field and academics • graduated with high honors and was a member of the Naitonal Honor Society. PERSONAL: Born January 15, 1990 • daughter of Rick and June Nelson • plans to major in business marketing • lists winning the Minnesota state championship as her biggest sports thrill. 21 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

meagan

RADECKE

JUNIOR sprint freestyle Stillwater, Minn. High School Stillwater Club STAR

MEAGAN RADECKE

RADECKE’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 50 free 100 free

Time 22.84 49.94

MN All-Time Rk [4] [6]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs and earned her first All-America honor in the 200 free relay • letterwinner • Big Ten champion and first-team All-Big Ten with the 200 free relay • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • held the team’s fourth-best time in the 50 free (22.84) and fifth-best time in the 100 free (49.94) • jumped from the team’s 17th-best 100 free time to the fourth-best in one year • opened her sophomore season with a fourth-place finish in the 50 free and sixth-best in the 100 free at the Michigan dual (10/10) • placed third in the 50 free and second in the 100 free at the Michigan State meet (10/11) • chipped in a 50-free time of 23.93 for second in the Iowa dual win (11/7) • also helped the 200 free relay to a win over the Hawkeyes • helped the 200 and 400 free relays to wins at the OSU Invite (12/5) to meet and provisional qualifying times of 1:29.49 and 3:18.39 • set her career-best in the 50 free during the OSU Invite prelims (22.99) • also set her personal best in the 100 free at the OSU Invite (49.94) • member of the 400 free relay that defeated Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin at the Quad Duals (1/30). 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Had the Gophers' fourth-fastest time in the 50 free (23.08) and fifth-fastest in the 100 free (50.98) • voted as one of the team's most improved swimmers • competed with the Minnesota C 200 free relay at the OSU Invite (11/30) • also placed sixth overall in the 50 free • finished third in the 50 free in the dual win over Idaho (1/5) • competed in the 50 free against Arizona State and finished seventh • made her first trek to the Big Ten Championships 22 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

as a freshman and earned her first varsity letter • finished 15th overall in the 50 free at Big Tens and 24th in the 100 free • earned both of her career best times in the event at Big Tens HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Stillwater Area High School (2007) • swam for Stillwater for coach Brian Luke and the STAR swim team for Paul Lundsten • seven-time All-American in the 50 free and the freestyle relays • 16-time all-state honoree • all-conference selection all five years • state champion in the 400 free relay and second in the 200 free relay • individually, finished fourth in the 50 and 100 free at the 2007 Minnesota state championship • team captain • member of the Ponies’ team that won the state championship in 2006 and 2007 • finished in the top 24 at 2007 Summer Junior Nationals in 50 free • high school record holder in the 100 free, 200 free relay and the 400 free relay • two-time KARE 11 and Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week • valedictorian of her class, which consisted of 720 students and held a perfect 4.0 grade point average • Academic All-American • National Honor Society member. PERSONAL: Born August 7, 1989 • majoring in biomedical engineering • daughter of Tess and Kurt Radecke • both parents swam at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


player biographies

kelsey

RIDDER

JUNIOR butterfly • freestyle Ballwin, Mo. High School Parkway West Club Parkway Swim Club

KELSEY RIDDER

RIDDER’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 200 fly 100 fly

Time 1:59.79 54.35

MN All-Time Rk [5] [8]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Held the team’s third-fastest time in the 200 fly (1:59.79) this season and fifth-fastest in the 100 fly (54.35) • placed ninth in the 100 fly at Michigan (10/10) • raced in the 100 fly against Michigan and added a time of 57.49 • held a time of 2:05.31 against North Carolina to place third overall in the 200 fly • set a personal best time of 55.52 in the 100 fly at the OSU Invite (12/5) • made the championship final in the 200 fly with a season-best prelim time of 2:03.65 • finished fifth in the 200 fly and sixth in the 100 fly during the Washington win (1/17) • placed seventh in the 100 fly at the Quad Duals (1/30) • letterwinner • earned career-best times in both the 100 and 200 flys at the Big Ten Championships • made the 100 consolation final with a prelim time of 54.53 and bettered it in the finals in 54.35 • swam a career-best time of 1:59.79 at the Gopher-It Invite.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Parkway West (2007) • competed with Parkway Swim Club Team under Coach Nick Rudich • state champion in the 100 fly in her junior and senior season • placed in the top three in the 200 free in all four years of her high school career at the state championships • was a multiple Missouri high school state finalist • U.S. Junior National Qualifier and a U.S. Sectional Qualifier. PERSONAL: Born November 22, 1988 • health and wellness major • daughter of Elmer and Robyn Ridder • sister, Danielle was on the Minnesota’s swimming and diving team.

2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to the Big Ten Championships as a freshman and earned her first letter • held the team's third-fastest time in the 200 fly (2:02.64) • finished third in the 200 free in the dual win over Iowa (10/19) • finished third in the 100 fly and fourth in the 200 fly in the defeat over Notre Dame (10/26) • finished 10th in the 100 fly (56.92) • competed in the dual against Arizona State (1/19) • clocked career-best times in both the 100 and 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships • placed 20th overall in the 200 fly at the league championships.

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player biographies

lauren

SMITH

SOPHOMORE backstroke Woodbury, Minn. High School Woodbuury Club SEMS

LAUREN SMITH

SMITH’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 100 back 200 back

Time 59.03 2:03.68

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Swam in four meets as a freshman • started her Gopher career at the Iowa dual, where she competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke • competed in four events at the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix in the 100 fly, the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 50 free • raced with the 200 fly relay in the Hiram College dual during the Hawaii winter training trip • closed out her rookie campaign at the Minnesota Challenge, when she competed in six events • posted personal-best times in the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the Challenge in 59.03 and 2:03.68 • also swam in the 100 fly and the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 free relay. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Woodbury High School • competed in swimming at Woodbury High School as well as STMS swim club • three-time all-state honoree and four-year all-conference selection • finished 10th in the 100 fly and back at the state championships in 2007 • sixth at state in 2006 in the 100 back • section champion in the 100 as a sophomore in 2005 • competed at the Speedo sectionals as well as Junior Nationals in 2006 • entered her Minnesota career with top times of 58.86 in the 100 back, 2:06.98 in the 200 back and 58.80 in the 100 fly • National Honor Society member. PERSONAL: Born December 18, 1989 • daughter of Kym and Terry Smith • has two brothers, Andrew and Matt • plans to major in neuroscience.

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player biographies

ashley

STEENVOORDEN

SOPHOMORE distance freestyle East Brunswick, N.J. High School East Brunswick Club Scarlet Aquatics

ASHLEY STEENVOORDEN

STEENVOORDEN’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 500 free 1,000 free 1,650 free

Time 4:39.85 9:36.87 15:55.78

MN All-Time Rk [2] [1] [1]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs and was an AllAmerica honorable mention in the 1,650 free • Big Ten champion in the 1,650 free and first-team AllBig Ten honoree • in her first year with the Gophers, already set the school record in the 1,000 (9:36.87) and 1,650 free (15:55.78) • opened her Gopher career with a win in the 1,650 and third-place in the 500 against Michigan (10/10) • placed third in the 200 free at the Michigan State dual (10/11) • won the 1,000 free over North Carolina (10/31) • set her career-best times at the OSU Invite in the 500 and 1,650 frees • finished third behind teammates Yuen Kobayashi and Christine Jennings in the 500 free at the OSU Invite (12/5) • won the 1,650 free at the OSU Invite and recorded a meet record and provisional qualifying time • won the 1,000 free and finished third in the 500 in the Washington meet (1/17) • won the 1,000 free at the Quad Duals (1/30) and later named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week.

with the 800 free relay • entered collegiate career with top times of 4:46.53 in the 500 free, 9:52.82 in the 1,000 free, 16:25.32 in the 1,650 free in yard distance • in meters, holds top times of 4:21.70 in the 400 free, 8:49.25 in the 800 free and 16:51.60 in the 1,500 free. PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1990 • daughter of Jake and Debbie Steenvoorden • twin sister, Kristen, also a member of the Gopher swimming team • also has two brothers, Anthony and Jeremy • plans to major in elementary education.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of East Brunswick High School • graduated with honors • swam with the Scarlet Aquatic Club under coach Tom Speedling • 2008 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier • spring championship qualifier in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free • a Senior National qualifier in the 1,000 and 1,650 free • at the spring sectionals, Steenvoorden finished third in the female high point when she won the 1,000 and 1,650 free • followed with a fourthplace high point finish at the Super Sectionals when she finished third in the 800, second in the 1,500 and was a member of the third-place finish 25 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


player biographies

kristen

STEENVOORDEN

SOPHOMORE individual medley East Brunswick, N.J. High School East Brunswick Club Scarlet Aquatics

KRISTEN STEENVOORDEN

STEENVOORDEN’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 500 free 1,000 free 400 IM

Time 4:45.82 9:57.60 4:12.85

MN All-Time Rk [5] [8] [2]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to NCAAs • won the 500 free and finished third in the 200 fly against Michigan State (10/11) • finished third in the 1,000 free at the North Carolina meet (10/31) • chipped in a thirdplace finish in the 400 IM and a fifth-place finish in the 1,650 free at the OSU Invite (12/5), setting personal-best times • chipped in a 10:04.34 in the Washington dual for third place • held the thirdfastest time in the 1,000 free and fifth-fastest in the 400 IM at the Quad Duals • finished 13th in the both the 500 free and the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships • earned an NCAA qualifying time of 4:12.85 int he 400 IM at the Gopher-It Invite, which ranked second in school history. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of East Brunswick High School • graduated with honors • swam with the Scarlet Aquatic Club under coach Tom Speedling • 2008 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier • spring championship qualifier in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and the 1,650 free • Senior National qualifier in the 400 IM • at the Super Sectionals in 2007, was third in the high point when she won the 400 IM and was a member of the third-place 800 free relay • U.S. Open participant • entered her Gopher career with times of 2:05.20 in the 200 IM, 4:21.84 in the 400 IM, while adding long-course times of 2:22.5 in the 200 IM and 4:55.45 in the 400 IM.

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PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1990 • daughter of Jake and Debbie Steenvoorden • twin sister, Ashley, also a member of the Gopher swimming team • also has two brothers, Anthony and Jeremy • math education major.


player biographies

lissa

TOMMREDAHL

SOPHOMORE freestyle Bloomington, Ill. High School Normal Community Club Bloomington-Normal Waves

LISSA TOMMERDAHL

TOMMERDAHL’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 500 free 1,000 free 1,650 free

Time 4:52.73 9:58.22 16:34.44

MN All-Time Rk [19] [9] [11]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Held the team’s fifth-best time in the 1,000 free (9:58.22) and the 1,650 free (16:34.44) • won the 1,000 free in the Michigan State dual (10/11) • won the 1,000 free at the Iowa dual with a career-best time of 10:04.01 • placed seventh overall in the 1,650 free at the OSU Invite (12/5) • held a fifthplace showing in the 200 breast at the Quad Duals (1/30) • earned her first letter • competed at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman • placed 15th overall in the 1,650 free to earn a career-best time. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Normal Community High School • competed with high school team under coach Heather Budak and at the Bloomington-Normal Waves under coach Charles Yourd • two-time conference and section champion in the 500 freestyle • placed 14th at the Illinois state high school championships • named team’s most valuable athlete in three of her four years • Academic AllAmerican • was a three-time letterwinner in swimming • National Honor Society and French National Honor Society member • Illinois State Scholar. PERSONAL: Born June 8, 1990 • daughter of Jeff and Lanette Tommerdahl • has an older sister, Kalie • plans to major in biology with a pre-dentistry focus.

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player biographies

jillian

TYLER

JUNIOR breaststroke • individual medley Calgary, Alberta High School Ernest Manning Club Cascade Swimming

JILLIAN TYLER

TYLER’S BESTS Year 2009 2009 2009

Event 100 breast 200 breast 200 IM

Time 58.53 2:07.92 1:58.67

MN All-Time Rk

[1] [1] [2]

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her second trek to NCAAs and earned firstteam All-America honors in the 100 and 200 breast and honorable mention status in the 400 medley relay • was the national runner-up in the 100 breast with a school-record time of 58.53, finishing just behind U.S. Olympian Rebecca Soni • also finished third in the 200 breast • earned 97.5 points during the championships, including 35 at NCAAs • named one of the team's most valuable swimmers • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • held 156 dual-meet points, ranking second on the team • broke her previous school records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke • Big Ten Champion in the 100 breast • First Team All-Big Ten • two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week • an integral part of the Gophers’ 200 and 400 medley relays • opened her sophomore season with 100 and 200 breaststroke wins against Michigan (10/10) • helped the 200 medley relay to a win over Michigan State (10/11) • won the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM at the North Carolina meet (10/31) and helped the 200 medley relay to a win • set a meet record with her win in the 200 IM at the OSU Invite (12/5) • also helped the 200 and 400 medley relays to wins • set career-best times in the 100 and 200 breast also at the OSU Invite • finished first in the 100 breast and second in the 200 breast at the Quad Duals (1/30). 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first Olympic appearance in the 100 breast at the 2008 Olympics with Canadian team • Advanced the semifinals at the 2008 Summer Games and finished 13th overall • went untapered at the end of her freshman year to prepare for the Canadian

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Trials • Made her first trek to the NCAA Championships and became the NCAA runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke • finished seventh in the 200 breast and the 400 medley relay to earn First Team All-America accolades • held the 29th fastest time overall in women’s all-time short-course yards performance rankings • Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten member • Big Ten Champion in both the 100 and 200 breast as well as a member of the winning 400 medley relay, which set an automatic qualifying time (3:34.16) • has claimed Minnesota school records in both 100 breaststroke (59.80) and 200 breaststroke (2:10.18) events and the 200 and 400 medley relays • Broke former Minnesota NCAA champion Gretchen Hegener’s 11-year old school records in both breaststroke disciplines • swam breaststroke leg of fastest Minnesota 200 and 400 medley relays teams of the season • Won 100 and 200 breaststroke in duals against Florida (10/13), Notre Dame (10/26), North Carolina (11/3), and Arizona State (1/19) • Won five events at the Ohio State Invitational (11/30), including individual crowns in the 200 IM (1:58.97), the 100 breaststroke (59.82) and the 200 breaststroke (2:10.44) • All three individuals wins at OSU Invite were season bests and NCAA ‘A’ cut times • Teammate Jenny Shaughnessy’s school record of 1:58.95 in the 200 IM is just two one hundreths of a second faster than Tyler’s OSU Invite performance • Two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week during the 2007-08 campaign following performances against Florida (10/13) and the OSU Invite (11/30) • Will swim at the Canadian Olympic Trials later this year for a chance to compete for Team Canada in the Beijing Olympic Games in August.

HIGH SCHOOL: Ernest Manning High School (2007) • also competed with Cascade Swimming Team • participated at the 2007 Pan American Games • finished fourth in 100 breast • competed at the 2005 Junior Pan Pacific Championships • finished fourth in 100 breast and second in 400 medley relay • competed at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships where she finished seventh in 100 breast and fourth in 400 medley relay • earned the 2006 National Female Breaststroke Award • entered college with careerbest short-meter course times of 1:08.5 in the 100 breast, 2:26.79 in the 200 breast and 2:15.14 in the 200 individual medley. PERSONAL: Born September 5, 1988 • majoring in journalism • daughter of Ron and Donna Tyler • has a younger sister, Brittany.


player biographies

courtney

VEERMAN

JUNIOR freestyle Verona, Wis. High School Middleton Club Badger Aquatics

COURTNEY VEERMAN

VEERMAN’S BESTS Year 2008 2008 2008

Event 200 fly 200 free 1,650 free

Time 2:03.34 1:48.91 16:32.13

MN All-Time Rk [14]

[13] [8]

2009-10 • JUNIOR SEASON: Team co-captain. 2008-09: Redshirt season. 2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Owned Minnesota’s fourth-best 1,650 performance (17:27.23) • Finished third in the 200 butterfly (2:07.41) and had second fastest finish in the 500 freestyle (5:05.03) in dual with Iowa (10/19) • Recorded best 500 freestyle performance of her season in fifth-place finish in dual win over Notre Dame (10/26) Competed for the Gophers in the 200 butterfly and the 200 and 1650 freestyle events at Big Tens • earned her first letter • established career-best times in all events at Big Tens • finished seventh in the 1,650 free, 14th in the 200 free and 22nd in the 200 fly at the league championships.

freestyle • state record holder in 500 and a threetime state champion • 200 freestyle state champion • placed in the top 25 at 2007 U.S. Spring Nationals in the 400 • entered Minnesota with personal-best times of 1:50.07 in the 200 free, 4:54.06 in the 500 free, 4:22.71 in the 400 free and 2:20.42 in the 200 fly. PERSONAL: Born April 16 1989 • majoring in kinesiology • daughter of Brett and Lori Veerman.

HIGH SCHOOL: Middleton High School (2007) • competed with Badger Aquatics and MHS under coaches Jack Pettinger and Drew Walden • 2007 Wisconsin High School Swimmer of the Year and Wisconsin Club Swimmer of the Year • Madison Capitol Times Prep Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2006 • AllAmerican in the 200 free and the 500 free for three years • Academic All-American • two-year team captain • most valuable swimmer all four years • placed 15th at 2006 Junior Nationals in the 400

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player biographies

castina

WABEKE

SENIOR backstroke Loveland, Colo. High School Thompson Valley Club Loveland Swim Club

CASTINA WABEKE

WABEKE’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 200 back 100 back

Time 1:55.55 54.27

MN All-Time Rk [2] [5]

2009-10 • SENIOR SEASON: Team co-captain. 2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Made her second trek to NCAAs and earned her first All-America honor with the 400 medley relay • letterwinner • held the team’s second-fastest time in both the 100 and 200 back and helped the 400 medley relay to its fastest times • placed fourth in the 200 back and fifth in the 100 back against Michigan (10/10) • placed fourth in the 200 back in the dual against Iowa (11/7) • won the 50 free consolation final at the OSU Invite (12/5) • helped the 200 and 400 medley relays to a win at the OSU Invite • won the 100 back when she set a meet record time of 54.40 • established a career-best time during the prelims (54.34) • won the 200 back with a careerbest and OSU meet record time of 1:56.95 • broke her previous 200 back school record at the OSU meet • provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in both categories • held career-best times in both the 100 back at the Big Tens and her best career time in the 200 back at NCAAs (1:55.55) • ranks second in school history in the 200 back and fifth overall in the 100 back.

2007-08 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made her first trip to the NCAA Championships • boasted the best 200 backstroke time and secondbest 100 backstroke time for Minnesota • Posted then-season-bests in both backstroke events at the OSU Invitational, where she placed third in the 200 backstroke (2:00.23) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (56.68) • had a tremendous Big Ten Championship, breaking the school record in the 30 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

200 back (1:57.37), which was ninth overall at the Big Ten Championships and a win in the consolation finals • also finished eighth in the 100 back with a career-best time of 55.12 in the prelims, ranking her fourth in school history. 2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Letterwinner • held the team’s fourth-fastest time in the 100 back • placed sixth in the 200 back against Cal (10/13) • earned a fifth-place in the 100 back against Iowa (10/20) • raced in three events at the Minnesota Invite (11/17) • finished 11th in the 100 back and 16th in the 200 back at the Georgia Invite (12/1) • placed sixth in the 200 back at the Triple Duals (1/19) • earned her personal-best time of 56.58 in the 100 back at the Big Ten Championships. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Thompson Valley High School (2006) • a two-time Colorado state champion in the 100 back and the 200 free relay • an 11-time all-conference selection and a four-time all-state honoree • two-time high school All-American in the 100 back • two-time team captain • held the high school record in the 100 fly, 100 back, the 200 individual medley, the 200 medley relay and the 200 and 400 free relays • also competed with the Loveland Swim club team with coach Jim Nickell • Junior National qualifier in the 100 back and the 200 individual medley • finished fourth in the 200 and 800 free relays and the at the 2005 Junior Nationals competition • 2006 Colorado State High School Swimmer of the Year • Loveland Colo., All-Around Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Born August 23, 1988 • daughter of Ross and Sally Wabeke • elementary education major • brother, Jessen, swam for SMU and younger sister Mattea is also a swimmer.


player biographies

hannah

WHITEHEAD

SOPHOMORE backstroke • freestyle East Grand Forks, N.D. High School East Grand Forks Club Wahoos

HANNAH WHITEHEAD

WHITEHEADS’S BESTS Year 2009 2009

Event 100 back 200 back

Time 53.89 1:57.02

MN All-Time Rk [2] [3]

2008-09 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made her first trek to the NCAA Championships as a freshman and earned All-America honorable mention accolades with the 400 medley relay • second-team All-Big Ten with the 400 medley relay • held the team’s best time in the 100 back (53.89), ranking second in school history • placed third in the 200 back and fourth in the 200 free at the Michigan dual (10/10) • finished second in the 500 free at the Michigan State meet (10/11) • held a sixth-place showing in the North Carolina dual (10/31) • won the 200 free and finished second in the 500 free in the dual win over Iowa (11/7) • won the consolation 100 back final at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/14) and helped the 400 medley relay to a win • finished 10th in the 200 free and won the 200 consolation back at the OSU Invite (12/5) • placed fourth overall int he 100 back at the Quad Duals (1/30) • swam in the Championship final of the 100 back final at Big Tens.

time YMCA All-American • national qualifier in the middle distance and distance free events • enters her college career with top times of 1:50.09 in the 200 free, 4:53.72 in the 500 free and 9:57.44 in the 1,000 free. PERSONAL: Born August 16, 1990 • daughter of Jim and Veronica Whitehead • has a younger brother, Sam • finance a major.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of East Grand Forks Senior High • was a member of the East Grand Forks High School swim team and for the Wahoos and head coach Bryan Walls • previously held two North Dakota state records in the 200 and 500 free and was named the 2007 North Dakota Senior Athlete of the Year • finished her high school career as a 10-time state champion • won nine individual events and was a member of a winning relay • six-time allstate, all-conference selection • six-year letterwinner • a nine-time NISCA All-American and a 17-

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player biographies

paige

BRADLEY

FRESHMAN breaststroke • butterfly • individual medley Danville, Calif.

PAIGE BRADLEY

LOREN BRANDON

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Monte Vista High School • ranked the 23rd best national recruit • swam at Monte Vista High School with head coach Dow Stewart and Crow Canyon Swim Club under coaches Dan Cottam and Ethan Hall • a 16-time All-American • 2008 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke • U.S. national qualifier in the 100 fly, the 200 fly and the 200 individual medley • 2008 Speedo Sectional Champion in the 100 breaststroke • four-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference selection •Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009 • 2009 team captain of Monte Vista team • named the team's most valuable for three straight years in 2007, 2008 and 2009 • named rookie of the year in 2006 • enters her college career with a time of 1:00.56 in the 100 breast, 4:18.55 in the 400 IM and 2:00.40 in the 200 IM.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Cherry Creek High School • swam with both Cherry Creek and Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming • state champion in the 500 free and the 400 free relay as a junior and the 200 free, 500 free and 400 free relay as a senior • named the Colorado Swimmer of the Year in 2009 • holds the state record in the 1650 and 1500 for 17-18 year olds • a three-time all-state honoree • All-American in 2008 and 2009 • scholatic All-American by USA Swimming • four-year letterwinner in swimming • has competed at Junior Nationals in 2007, 2008 and 2009 • enters her collegiate career with top times of 1:50.03 in the 200 free, 4:48.74 in the 500 free and 16:35.91 in the 1,650 free.

PERSONAL: Born May 29, 1991 to Tom and Susan Bradley • has two brothers, Matt and Kevin • aunt Pat Bradley was a professional golfer and inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame • plans to major in liberal arts and eventually go to law school.

High School Monevista

CHU

FRESHMAN backstroke

FRESHMAN distance free Centennial, Colo.

PERSONAL: Born April 20, 1991 • plans to major in civil engineering • daughter of Dave and Teresa Brandon • has a younger sister Bonnie • dad played basketball at Northern Colorado • lists breaking the state record in the 400 free relay as her most memorable sports thrill.

High School Cherry Creek Club MACS

Club Crow Canyon

brianna

loren

BRANDON

BRIANNA CHU

ANNALISE COLTON

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Case High School • swam at Case and with South West Aquatics • NISCA All-American, Academic AllAmerican and honorable mention selection in the 50 and 200 free relay • has competed in the Speedo Champion Series and the YMCA Nationals • all-state, all-conference and all-city honoree • named the team’s most valuable swimmer as a sophomore, junior and senior • four-year letterwinner • twotime all-county swimmer of the year • holds the school record in the 200 IM, the 50 and 100 free and the 100 back • outstanding student • National Honor Society member • WIAA scholar athlete • enters college career with time of 58.02 in the 100 back, 23.99 in the 50 free and 53.16 in the 100 free.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Edina High School • competed with Edina High School under head coach Jeff Mace and with the Edina Swim Club under Jeff Rodriguez • a 16-time club state champion • seven-time NISCA All-American • all-state and all-conference honoree four-straight years • 2008 and 2009 Minnesota High School Swimmer of the Year nominee • fourtime Edina Swim Club’s most valuable swimmer • holds the Edina Swim Club’s record in the 100 and 200 fly • member of a five-time conference championship team and two-time state runner-up teams • helped the Hornets to a state championship in 2005 • Class AA state recordholder with the 200 medley relay • a six-time participant of the Speedo Champions Series • placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly at the 2008 Speedo series • a six-time participant of the Junior Nationals • placed 20th in the 200 fly at the 2008 Senior Nationals • enters her college career with top times of 55.45 in the 100 fly and 2:01.70 in the 200 fly • outstanding student • graduated with 4.0 grade point average and was top 10 percent in her class • enters the U of M with the honors program • earned the AP Scholar of Distinction • earned the 2008 Adam Smith Award in Economics from her high school and was a nominee of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council • competed at the Speedo Champion Series in July.

PERSONAL: Born July 26, 1991 • undecided on a major • daughter of Gary Chu and Diane Chu • high school teammate of current Gopher swimmer Jenna Lennertz.

annalise

COLTON

FRESHMAN freestyle • butterfly

Racine, Wis.

Edina, Minn.

High School Case

High School Edina

Club South West Aquatics

Club Edina Swim Club

PERSONAL: Born November 26, 1990 • plans to major in biomedical engineering • daughter of Phil and Michelle Colton • high school teammate of current Gopher swimmers Andrea Hanson and Megan Braun • father, Phil, swam at St. Lawerence.

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player biographies

lauren

GREENBERG

FRESHMAN breaststroke • individual medley

LAUREN GREENBERG

KATIE GRUNWALT

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Eden Prairie High School • competed with the Eden Prairie High School for one year and club teams, Team Foxjet (coach Ann Urschel) and Edina Swim Club (Jeff Rodriguez) • all-state and all-conference selection in 2005, the only year she competed in high school swimming • has competed at the Speedo Champion Series, the Grand Prix and the NCSA Short Course Junior Nationals • placed seventh in the 100 breast at the Minnesota Grand Prix in 2007 and fifth in the same event in 2008 • enters her collegiate career with a 100 breast time of 1:05.02 and a 200 breast time of 2:24.03.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Penn High School • dove for her high school team • Notre Dame Double Dragon Diving Club for seven years under coach Caiming Xie • holds multiple school and pool records • holds the high school record with a score of 425 for 11 dives • all-conference honoree in 2009 • as a junior, placed second in the conference and 13th at the state championships• enters collegiate diving with top scores of 272.00 (six dives) and 473.45 (11 dives) • received high honor roll honors all four years of high school • awarded best mental attitude by her coaches.

PERSONAL: Born May 3, 1991 • plans to major in animal science • daughter of Gary and Lisa Greenberg • brother, Philip, is a swimmer with the Gopher men’s program • has two younger brothers, Aaron and Jordan • mother, Lisa, was a twosport athlete at UConn in volleyball and track & field.

katie

GRUNWALT

FRESHMAN diving

PERSONAL: Born May 15, 1991 • daughter of Kimberly and Kevin Grunawalt • has two younger sisters, Kara and Kolleen • plans to major in kinesiology.

Granger, Ind. Eden Prairie, Minn. High School Penn

High School Eden Prairie

Club Notre Dame Double Dragon

Club Team Foxjet/Edina Swin Club

natalie

HERRILD

FRESHMAN butterfly • freestyle Lakeville, Minn. High School Lakeville South Club South Metro Storm Swim Club

NATALIE HERRILD

EMMA JACKSON

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Lakeville South High School • swam with high school team and the South Metro Storm Swim Club • earned NISCA AllAmerica honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008 • all-state selection in 2005, 2007 and 2008 • was a part of the state champion 200 free relay her senior year and set the all-time Minnesota and meet record • three-time all-conference selection • was a team captain and the most valuable swimmer • lettered in swimming, golf, academics, marching band and drumline • outstanding student • was a member of the National Honor Society • was an Academic AllAmerican, All Conference, ExCEL award winner, Triple A award winner and Marine Scholar Athlete of the Year.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of North Kingstown High School • swam with Bluefish Swim Club under coach Chuck Batchelor • 2009 U.S. Open qualifier • two-time NISCA All-American in the 100 breast in 2008 and 2009 • four-time state champion in the 400 free and the 200 medley relays • was a second-team all-state for three consecutive years • NISCA academic All-American and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American • member of the high school team that finished third at state in 2007 and 2008 • swam in five Grand Prix’s and at the 2008 Junior Nationals • enters college with careerbest times of 1:03.03 in the 100 breast and 2:18.77 in the 200 breast.

PERSONAL: Born September 18, 1990 • daughter of Randy and Kathy Herrild • has a younger brother, Alex • economics major.

emma

JACKSON

FRESHMAN breaststroke North Kingstown, R.I. High School North Kingstown Club Bluefish Swim Club

PERSONAL: Born January 21, 1991 • daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Jackson • plans to major in economics and psychology.

KATIE JOHNSON

katie

JOHNSON

FRESHMAN breaststroke • individual medley Arvada, Colo. High School Ralston Valley Club North Jeffco

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Ralston Valley High School • swam in high school for three years • focused on club swimming her senior year and competed solely with North Jeffco Swim Club and coach Brett Stoyell • 2008 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley • Competed at the 2008 Summer Junior national championships and placed fifth overall in the 200 breast • competed in the Western Speedo Championships since 13 • Was a multiple time high school All-American • all-state selection in 2007 and 2008 • all-conference honoree in 2006, 2007 and 2008 • broke multiple state records in the 200 breast, dating back to her first when she was 12 • Academic All-American two years • graduated from Ralston with a 4.0 grade point average and was in the top 10 percent of her class • also received the Academic Gold Member Scholarship to the U of M. PERSONAL: Born February 11, 1991 • daughter of Beth and Matt Johnson • undecided on a major • has two younger siblings, Caroline and Michael • lists competing at the 2008 Olympic Trials as her most memorable sports thrill to date.

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player biographies

STEPHANIE SOLFELT

ELEANOR PREWITT-THOMAS

eleanor

PREWITT-THOMAS

FRESHMAN freestyle • individual medley Lee’s Summit, Mo.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Blue Springs High School • swam with high school team under Bill Shalley and Robert Sturman and with Team Dolphins club team • NISCA All-American in 2008 and 2009 • all-state and all-conference honoree in 2008 and 2009 • holds the state record in the 500 free • broke the school record in the 200 IM and the 500 free in 2009 • finished top three at sectionals in 2007 and 2009 • muliple-event Junior National qualifier • Missouri Valley All-Academic Team selection four consecutive years • enters her college career with top times of 4:55.65 in the 500 free • Principal’s Honor Roll in every semester. PERSONAL: Born July 20, 1990 • daughter of Julie Kramschuster and Charles Thomas • oldest of five siblings • plans to major in secondary education in math or science

stephanie

SOLFELT

FRESHMAN backstroke • individual medley Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School Blue Springs

High School Eden Prairie

Club Team Dolphins

Club Aquajet Swim Club

HALEY SPENCER

haley

SPENCER

FRESHMAN breaststroke • individual medley O’Fallon, Mo.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Zumwalt West High School • ranked as the 57th overall recruit by collegeswimming.com • competed with her high school team and with the Rockwood Swim Club for 14 years under head coach Mary Liston • U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier in the 100 and 200 breast and the 400 IM • U.S. Junior National Team and competed in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events • a 2008 Junior National Champion in the 200 breast and a 2009 Junior National Champion in the 100 breast • was the 2008 recipient of the Ernie Vornbrock Memorial Award for the metropolitan area female swimmer of the year • all-conference and all-state selection in 2006, 2007 and 2009 • held the state record in the 100 breast her senior year • earned a conference record in the 200 IM and the 100 fly • held the state record in the 100 breast as a freshman. PERSONAL: Born February 25, 1991 to Todd and Teri Spencer • has a younger sister, Evyn and younger brother, Jack • undecided on a major.

High School Fort Zumwalt West Club Rockwood

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HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Eden Prairie High School • swam with high school team under coaches Marcy Wiesner and Dan Tripps • also swam with Team Foxjet and Aquajet swim clubs • NISCA All-American in 2008 and 2009 • two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honoree • two-time all-state selection • four-time all-conference member • member of the three-time conference championship team in 2006, 2007 and 2008 • team captain and also voted most dedicated • has competed at the Speedo Champion Series as well as the Junior Nationals • enters her college career with career-best time of 2:05.08 in the 200 IM, 2:04.81 in the 200 back and 58.65 in the 100 back. PERSONAL: Born December 11, 1990 • daughter of Bob and Jody Solfelt • is the third Solfelt sibling to swim with a Gopher program • older sister, Sarah, was a member of the women’s team, while Mark is a senior on the men’s team • plans to major in elementary education.

ABIGAIL STAATS

abigail

STAATS

FRESHMAN freestyle Winona, Minn. High School Winona Club Winona

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Winona High School • swam with Winona High School under Steve Burt and with the Winona Swim Club under Amy Schultz • competed at both Junior Nationals and the Speedo Series • multiple NISCA All-American • won the 50 free at the state championships as a junior • first female from Winona Senior High to win a state swimming title • All-State selection three consecutive years • five-time all-conference selection and state qualifier • held seven section 1AA titles int he 50 and 100 freestyles • voted the section swimmer of the year in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008 • five-time letterwinner in swimming and also lettered in track • two-year National Honor Society member • also a member of the Winona youth leadership program • enters her college career with a 50 free time of 23.24 and a 100 free time of 50.65. PERSONAL: Born January 15, 1991 • daughter of John and Jennifer Staats • undecided on a major • has a younger sister, Olivia.


player biographies

madeline

TAKAKI

FRESHMAN butterfly

MADELINE TAKAKI

LAUREN WEIS

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Presentation High School in 2009 • swam with her high school team as well as her club team, the Santa Clara Swim Club • All-American in the 100 fly and the 200 relay • letterwinner in swimming • has competed in the Speedo Champions Series, the Janet Evans Invitational, Junior Nationals and the Santa Clara International Meet • finished high school as a three-time scholastic All-American • was also a United States Army Reserve Scholar Athlete • enters her college career with a 100 fly time of 56.24, 2:03.45 in the 200 fly and 53.78 in the 100 free.

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 • 10time All-American • a 14-time all-state selection • 2007 AA Minnesota State High School champion in the 200 and 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.

PERSONAL: Born December 15, 1990 • daughter of Joyce and Darwin Takaki • has one sister, Carlene, who competed at Purdue • plans to major in nutrition and food science.

lauren

WEIS

FRESHMAN freestyle

San Jose, Calif.

St. Paul, Minn.

High School Presentation

High School Cretin Derham Hall

Club Santa Clara

Club STAR

meghan

WEISS

FRESHMAN sprint freestyle St. Paul, Minn. High School Convent of the Visitation Club STAR

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.

MEGHAN WEISS

ELIZABETH WEITZ

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Convent of the Visitation School • swam with Convent of the Visitation School that has been four-time state, section and conference champions and undefeated in dual meets since 2006 under coaches Nate Linscheid and Naomi Hamer • two-time Minnesota State Class A Swimmer of the year as a junior and senior • the team’s three-time most valuable in 2006, 2007 and 2008 • Minnesota High School A State Champion in the 100 free, the 200 free • also holds the state’s class A record in both the 100 and 200 free events • was a Junior National qualifier in the 50, 100 and 200 free • NICSA All-American in 2007 and 2008 • four-time all-state and all-conference selection • enters her college career with top times in the 50 free (24.24), the 100 free (51.17) and the 200 free (1:51.51) • honor roll student • four-year varsity letterwinner.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Ingraham High School in Seattle, Wash. • swam with Ingraham High School under head coach Mary Orloskly • also swims with Cascade Swim Club and qualified for nationals •competed at the Speedo Junior nationals in 2007, 2008 and 2009 • state champion in the 100 breaststroke as a junior • holds numerous school records in individual and relays • was a three-year letterwinner in swimming and one in track • enters her freshman season with a 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:05.11 and a 100 breaststroke-meter time of 1:13.24.

PERSONAL: Born October 29, 1990 • daughter of Molly and Tim Weiss • has two younger siblings, Ali and Tommy • plans to pursue go to medical school • swam with current Gopher freshman, Lauren Weis, while with the STAR Swim Club. .

elizabeth

WEITZ

FRESHMAN individual medley

PERSONAL: Born February 28, 1991 • undecided on a major • daughter of Kellye Campbell and Bruce Weitz • has two older brothers, Eric and Kevin, both of which played lacrosse, collegiately • enjoys longboarding.

Seattle, Wash. High School Ingraham Club Cascade

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coaching staff

Terry Nieszner co-head coach • fifth season

Minnesota is fortunate to have not just one, but two highly experienced coaches at the reign of the Golden Gopher women’s swimming and diving program. In just five years, head co-head coaches Terry Nieszner and Kelly Kremer have lifted the Gophers to the top echelon in the nation and the Big Ten Conference. The 2008-09 season marked the Maroon and Gold's second-best national finish. The Gophers finished 11th overall in the nation and had the school's best representation with 15 student-athletes competing. For the second-straight year, Jillian Tyler finished as the national runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and third overall in the 200 breaststroke. At the conference level, Minnesota finished second in the Big Ten standings. Jenny Shaughnessy was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships as the Gophers had 11 swimmers on the first-team All-Big Ten list. Minnesota captured a school-best 10 event wins at the league championships, including three relay wins. Along with their efforts in the pool, Minnesota had 17 members on the Academic All-Big Ten team. In 2008, Nieszner and Kremer returned to the top of the Big Ten when their team won the championship title. During the course of the championship, the Gophers won five event titles and broke 14 school records. Under Nieszner's and Kremer's tutelage, the Gophers had eight student athletes earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. The duo also coached Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Jillian Tyler, who won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and helped the 400 medley relay to a conference title. Following the conference meet, Minnesota set a school record as 12 student-athletes were selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. During that time, nine earned AllAmerica honors as the Gophers finished 13th in the nation. Following the national championship, Tyler became the second Gopher in school history to be named to an Olympic team. Tyler, a native of Calgary, Alberta, will swim the 100 breaststroke with Team Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Since Nieszner and Kremer took over the Gopher women's swimming and diving program, Minnesota has improved as a team every year in either the conference or at national championship level. In 2006-07, Minnesota moved up eight spots at the NCAA championships after a 21st finish from the previous year. The Gophers earned All-America honors in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays. Nieszner and Kremer coached Jenny Shaughnessy and Yuen Kobayashi to individual All-America honors. Along with their accomplishments on the national scene, the team finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships and led the Gophers to three Big Ten champions in Kobayashi (1,650 free), Christine Jennings (500 free) and the 800 free relay. After finishing sixth in the league championships in 2005, the Gophers skyrocketed to a second-place finish at the 2006 Big Ten Conference Championships. Not only did the Gophers earn over 530 points at the conference championship, Nieszner and Kremer were named Co-Big Ten Coaches of the Year. The Gophers had four named to the first-team All-Big Ten Team and Kobayashi was named Freshman of the Year. Along with an outstanding conference per-

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formance, Nieszner and Kremer’s squad had 10 swimmers qualify for the 2006 NCAA Championships, the most for the program since 1997-98. Along with 10 competing at the national championships, nine earned All-America honorable mention status, with the team placing 21st overall. In their first year at the helm Minnesota swimming, Nieszner and Kremer’s team ranked in the top 25 of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. After an impressive performance at the Georgia Invite, the Gophers entered the poll at No. 24. Minnesota was ranked as high as No. 23 following the Quad Duals against Big Ten opponents Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue. The Gophers finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, a higher finish then predicted. Minnesota finished the season with a 7-1 dual meet record and a 51 mark in Big Ten action. Not only did the Gophers improve in the pool, but also landed one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Nieszner and Kremer recruited four summer national qualifiers. After serving as the women's swimming assistant coach for 27 years, Nieszner was named the interim head coach immediately following former head coach Jean Freeman's retirement. Nieszner worked closely with Freeman for nearly three decades, and their coaching philosophies, styles and skills complemented one another very well. Nieszner is a well-known and highly respected member of the swimming community. During Nieszner's tenure as an assistant, Minnesota won backto-back Big Ten Championships in 1999 and 2000, and she coached 48 student-athletes to Big Ten titles in 53 individual events and 23 relay events. Since the start of Nieszner's coaching career, the Minnesota women's swimming and diving program has had 58 swimmers earn over 200 All-America certificates and have placed in the NCAA Championships 17 of the last 18 years. Nieszner guided some of the greatest swimmers, not only in the Big Ten, but also in the nation. In her 27 years, Nieszner coached six-time All-American Diane Wallner, 12-time All-American and American record holder Gretchen Hegener and 10-time All-American Terri Jashinsky. Since the start of Nieszner's career, five studentathletes have earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor award, while seven were named the Women's Athletics Senior Athlete of the Year. Minnesota also excelled in the classroom, earning two GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in Uta Herrmann and Dana Baum. The Gophers have had over 100 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, since the award was initiated in 1990. A former Gopher swimmer, Nieszner was the first woman to earn All-America honors at the University of Minnesota. As a student-athlete, Nieszner was a four-time All-American (1974, twice in 1975, 1976) and a two-time Big Ten champion (1974, 1977). She was inducted into the Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame in 1984, the M Club Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. She graduated in 1977 with a degree in physical education. Nieszner, her husband, Tom, reside in St. Paul, Minn., and have two sons, Joe and Pat.

Nieszner At A Glance Education • B.S. Physical Education, 1977, University of Minnesota

Coaching Accomplishments • Led the Gophers to a Big Ten Championship in 2008 • Coached eight swimmers to first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 • Coached the Gophers to a 13th-place finish at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships • Coached nine women’s swimmers to All-America status in 2006 and in 2007 and 10 in 2008 • 2006 Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year, along with Kelly Kremer • Led the Gophers to a second-place finish at the 2006 Big Ten Championships • Coached 2006 and 2008 Freshmen of the Year, Yuen Kobayashi and Jillian Tyler • Served as Minnesota women’s swim coach under Jean Freeman for 27 years • Coached the Golden Gophers to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1999 and 2000 • Coached the Gophers to a 10th-place NCAA finish in 1991-92 and a 13thplace showing in 1996-97 • Has coached 67 swimmers to over 215 All-America certificates • Coached 12-time All-American and American record holder Gretchen Hegener • Coached 10-time All-American Terri Jashinsky • Over 100 swimmers have been named Academic All-Big Ten, while over 60 were CSCAA Academic All-Americans under Nieszner’s tutelage

Athletic Accomplishments • Former Gopher swimmer from 1973-1977 • First woman at the University of Minnesota to ever earn All-America honors • Four-time All-American • Big Ten champion in 1974 and 1977

Honors and Awards • Inducted into the Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame in 1984 • Inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1990 • Inducted into the Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994


coaching staff

co-head coach • fifth season

Kelly Kremer Minnesota is fortunate to have not just one, but two highly experienced coaches at the reigns of the Golden Gopher women’s swimming and diving program. In just five years, head co-head coaches Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner have lifted the Gophers to the top echelon in the nation and the Big Ten Conference.The 2008-09 season marked the Maroon and Gold's second-best national finish. The Gophers finished 11th overall in the nation and had the school's best representation with 15 student-athletes competing. For the second-straight year, Jillian Tyler finished as the national runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and third overall in the 200 breaststroke. At the conference level, Minnesota finished second in the Big Ten standings. Jenny Shaughnessy was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships as the Gophers had 11 swimmers on the first-team All-Big Ten list. Minnesota captured a school-best 10 event wins at the league championships, including three relay wins. Along with their efforts in the pool, Minnesota had 17 members on the Academic All-Big Ten team. In 2008, Kremer and Nieszner returned to the top of the Big Ten when their team won the championship title. During the course of the championship, the Gophers won five event titles and broke 14 school records. Under Kremer's and Nieszner's tutelage, the Gophers had eight student athletes earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. The duo also coached Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Jillian Tyler, who won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and helped the 400 medley relay to a conference title. Following the conference meet, Minnesota set a then-school record as 12 student-athletes were selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. During that time, nine earned All-America honors as the Gophers finished 13th in the nation. Following the national championship, Tyler became the second Gopher in school history to be named to an Olympic team. Tyler, a native of Calgary, Alberta, will swim the 100 breaststroke with Team Canada at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Since Kremer and Nieszner took over the Gopher women's swimming and diving program, Minnesota has improved as a team every year in either the conference or the national championship level. In 2006-07, Minnesota moved up eight spots at the NCAA championships after a 21st finish from the previous year. The Gophers earned All-America honors in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays. Along with their accomplishments on the national scene, the team finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships and led the Gophers to three Big Ten champions. After finishing sixth in the league championships in 2005, the Gophers sky-rocketed to a second-place finish at the 2006 Big Ten Conference Championships. Not only did the Gophers earn over 530 points at the conference championship, Kremer and Nieszner were named Co-Big Ten Coaches of the Year. The Gophers had four named to the first-team All-Big Ten Team and Yuen Kobayashi was named Freshman of the Year. Along with an outstanding conference performance, Kremer and Nieszner’s and squad had 10 swimmers qualify for the 2006 NCAA Championships, with, nine All-America honorable mention status, with the team placing 21st overall. In their first year at the helm Minnesota swimming in 2004-05, Kremer and Nieszner’s team ranked in the top 25 of the College

Swimming Coaches Association of America. Minnesota was ranked as high as No. 23 in their first year. The Gophers finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, a higher finish then predicted. Minnesota finished the season with a 7-1 dual meet record and a 5-1 mark in Big Ten action. Shortly after being named as co-head coach, Kremer was also named as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the 2004 USA World Cup Team in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to becoming the women’s swimming and diving co-head coach in the spring of 2004, Kremer was a member of the Minnesota men's swimming staff with head coach Dennis Dale. Kremer was an assistant coach for the Golden Gophers for four years before being promoted to the associate head coach position in 2002. Since Kremer's arrival in 1998, the Golden Gopher men’s team won three Big Ten Championships, including back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 and again in 2004. The other three years the Maroon and Gold finished second at the league championships. The Gophers have also placed in the Top 10 at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships the past five years. Primarily responsible for middle distance and distance swimmers at Minnesota, Kremer was the personal coach for more then 30 NCAA All-America performances. Kremer coached some of the best men's swimmers in the country. Under his tutelage, Jeff Hackler was a 15-time All-American, a school record holder and a multiple Big Ten Champion in the breaststroke events. Kremer also coached AllAmerican and Canadian Olympian Mike Brown and All-Americans Travis Beckerle, Ryan Plummer and Matt Taylor. Kremer has placed three of his athletes on teams that represented the United States in International competition. Justin Mortimer competed at the 2003 World University Games. Mortimer went on to compete at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing third in the 1500meter freestyle. Hackler competed in the 2002 World University Games. Kremer also coached Keam Ang, who competed for Malaysia, and Yoav Meiri, who competed for Israel in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In addition, Kremer had the honor of being Team Mexico’s coach at the 2002 Short Course World Championships in Moscow, Russia. A native of Mandan, N.D., Kremer began his coaching career in 1988 with the Springfield Aquatics Swim Team in Springfield, Mo. From 1992-1994 Kremer was the Graduate Assistant Coach for Drury University, also in Springfield. He served as Head Coach for John Brown University for one year before moving to Mission Viejo, California in 1995 to serve as Assistant National Team Coach to Bill Rose and the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1995-1998. As an athlete, Kelly finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at the 1991 US Open and participated in the 1992 Olympic Trials in the same event. During his collegiate career, he was a 24-time NAIA National Champion and 29-time NAIA All American for Drury University, and was elected to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 1997. Coach Kremer owns both a B.A. and M.Ed. in education, both from Drury. He resides in Apple Valley, Minn. with his wife, Eva Marie.

Kremer At A Glance Education • B.A. Education, Drury Univ. • M.Ed., Drury Univ.

Coaching Accomplishments • Led the Gophers to a Big Ten Championship in 2008 • Coached eight swimmers to first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 • Coached the Gophers to a 13th-place finish at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships • Coached nine women’s swimmers to All-America status in 2006 and in 2007 and 10 in 2008 • 2006 Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year, along with Terry Nieszner • Led the Gophers to a second-place finish at the 2006 Big Ten Championships • Coached 2006 and 2008 Freshmen of the Year, Yuen Kobayashi and Jillian Tyler • Served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the 2004 USA World Cup Team in Melbourne, Austrailia • Served as the Minnesota mens assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2002 • Was the assistant coach to the Gophers’ 2001, 2002 and 2004 Big Ten Championships • While serving as coach on the men’s team, the Gophers placed in the Top 10 at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships five times • Personally coached over 30 NCAA All-Americans • Recruited and coached four-time U.S. National Champion and two-time world short-course medalist Justin Mortimer • Coached Canadian Olympian Mike Brown and All-Americans Travis Beckerle, Ryan Plummer and Matt Taylor • Coached Keam Ang and Yoav Meiri in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia

Athletic Accomplishments • Competed with Drury University • Finished his career as a 24-time NAIA National Champion and 29-time NAIA All-American • Finished fifth in the 100 back at the 1991 U.S. Open and participated in the 1992 Olympic Trials

Honors and Awards • Inducted into the Drury Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 • Coached Mexico at the 2002 Short-Course World Championships • Selected to serve as a coach to the U.S. Team in the 2004 World Cup in Melbourne

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coaching staff

Wenbo Chen

The University of Minnesota made a huge splash in the collegiate diving world when it announced the hiring of one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in the world, Wenbo Chen, as its new head diving coach on April 16, 2009. Chen served as the USA Diving head coach and associate director of USA Diving's National Training Center since 2005. He began his duties at the U of M on August 3 after completing the summer training program with USA Diving. During his time with USA Diving, Chen guided 15 senior national champions, 12 junior national champions and two world cup medalists in addition to three Olympians. Prior to arriving in Indianapolis, Chen served in several key coaching roles, including a four-year tenure as the head coach at Purdue (2001-05) and seven years as a coach with the Chinese National Team and the Chinese Olympic Training Camp (1985-92). “Minnesota is well-known as the best Big Ten program and one of the best in the nation,” Chen said. “Minnesota has everything that a coach is looking for with the facility, the administration and the swimming coaches. In addition, the community support at Minnesota for swimming and diving is excellent. These are the things that my family and I were looking for.” “I am really excited about returning to college coaching. I miss the teamwork with between the swimmers and divers and the support network that you have in an athletic department. I am also excited about the combination of recruiting and coaching. Minnesota offers me the situation that I have been looking for.” Chen was named assistant coach for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for diving after three of his divers were named to the squad – Haley Ishimatsu on 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter, and Kelci Bryant and Ariel Rittenhouse in synchronized 3-meter. “We are so fortunate to hire someone of Wenbo’s caliber and we welcome him to the Golden Gopher family,” Gopher athletics director Joel Maturi said. “He has earned an outstanding reputation internationally, in the United States and Big Ten and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Minnesota. He has worked with some of the greatest divers in the world and we know that our student-athletes will benefit from his talent.” In 2007, Chen served as a USA coach at the World Championships and Pan American Games as well as several other international meets. His divers claimed four of the seven U.S.

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diving coach • first season

medals won at the 2007 Pan Am Games, highlighted by silver medals from Ishimatsu on 10-meter and Bryant/Rittenhouse in synchronized 3-meter. He was also a coach at the 2008 World Cup in Beijing, where COACHING TIMELINE Bryant and Rittenhouse won a bronze medal in syn2009Head Coach, Minnesota chro. 2005-09 Head Coach, USA Diving National Training Center His divers also won three national champi2001-05 Head Coach, Purdue onships in 2007, most notable being Ishimatsu’s 1996-2001 Head Coach, Moss Farms Diving Tigers Club win on 10-meter at the Speedo USA Diving Spring 1998 Interim Head Coach, Florida State National Championships when the then-14-year-old 1994-96 Assistant Coach, Moss Farms Diving Tigers Club defeated 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura 1992-94 Head Coach, Edmonton Diving Club Wilkinson to win on 10-meter title. 1985-92 Coach, Chinest National Team/Olympic Training Camp Ishimatsu’s older sister, Tory, won junior nation1982-85 Head Coach, Henan Provincial Team (China) al titles on 1-meter and 3-meter in 2007 and won the 1-meter gold at the 2007 Junior Pan American TEAM USA INTERNTIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE Championships. USA Diving Olympic Games, Coach In 2006, Chen was selected as a coach for the 2008 USA Diving World Cup, Head Coach FINA World Cup, where the U.S. won five medals for 2008, 2006 USA Diving Pan-Am Games, Head Coach its best World Cup performance since 1988. Bryant 2007 2007, 2005 USA Diving World Championships, Co-Head Coach and Rittenhouse paired for a silver medal. Prior to moving to the National Training Center, 2000, 1999, 1997 USA Diving Junior World Championships, Head Coach Chen was the coach at Purdue University from 2001-2005. Among Chen’s divers at Purdue was EDUCATION Carrie McCambridge, a Big Ten Diver of the Year and Beijing Sports University, 1987 three-time conference champion and the second diving All-American in school history, which she the interim head coach at Florida State University. accomplished four times. He was also the 2004 Big Ten Women’s Chen immigrated to the U.S. from China in 1992. Before leavDiving Coach of the Year. ing his native country, he served as a national team coach from From 1996-2001, Chen coached at Moss Farms Diving in 1983-1991 and coached six Olympic medalists, including twoMoultrie, Ga., where he guided a number of national champions – time gold medalists Ni Xiong and Ming Gao, and many national including Bryant’s older sister Katie Beth, who was a two-time champions. senior national champion and NCAA All-American. Many of Chen’s As a diver, he won a junior national title on 3-meter in 1976 divers represented the United States in World Championships and and from 1977-1982, he was a finalist at the senior national level. other international competitions, both at the junior and senior Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Beijing level. Sports University in 1987. Chen’s coaching timeline in North America began in 1992 Chen and his wife, Wenyin Han, have two daughters, Amy (17) when he became the head coach of the Edmonton Diving Club and Annie (8). where he served for three years. He moved to Georgia to be an assistant coach at Moss Farms Diving for two seasons prior to taking over as the head coach. He also spent the 1998 season as

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support staff

Duane Proell

Stacy Busack

aquatic center program director • 17th season

volunteer coach • first season After a remarkable four-year swimming career, Stacy Busack has moved into the coaching realm, serving as the Golden Gophers’ volunteer coach. A 13-time All-American, Busack became one of the Gophers’ most prolific swimmers in school history. As a senior, Busack was a five-team All-American in the 100 free, 200, 400 and 800 free relays. Earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in her final three years, Busack won the Big Ten title in the 100 free and helped the 200 and 400 free relays to conference titles as well. As a junior, Busack was a four-time All-American. Busack was an intregral part of the Gophers winning the Big Ten Championship in 2008. A 2005 graduate of Fergus Falls (MN) High School, Busack was also a Minnesota State High School champion in the 50 and 100 free events and was named the Minnesota State High School Swimmer of the Year.

Duane Proell begins his 17th season with the Golden Gophers. He is responsible for operations and management of the University Aquatic Center and five related aquatic facilities on the U of M campus. He has presided over countless youth, high school, collegiate and national swimming championships during his tenure at the U of M. Proell, who has held several teaching and coaching positions, most recently was the aquatic coordinator and building director at the the Campbell County School Aquatics Center in Gillette, Wyo. A nationally certified pool operator and certified teacher, Proell has received several awards for aquatic expertise, including the Outstanding Aquatic Achievement Award from the National Spa and Pool Institute. In addition, he won the Citation and Exhibit Award at the 1983 American Association of School Administration Convention. He was chosen as the 1988 Supervisor of the Year by the Campbell County School District, and in 1989 was selected as the Educator of the Year by the Gillette Chamber of Commerce. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Proell is a 1972 graduate of Mankato State University.

Dr. Liza Arendt

Abby Brown

Matt Carlson

Chris Cords

Deborah Diamond

Medical Director

Student Manager

Athletic Trainer

Academic Counselor

Marketing

Dr. Pat Morris

Tara Robertson

Carolyn Salutz

Linda Schissel

Dave Schueller

Assoc. Medical Director

Graduate Assistant Athletic

Student Manager

Neuromuscular Therapist

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Trainer

Jenny Shaughnessy Student Assistant Coach

Maggie Thomas Michelle Traen

Alex Van Lepp

John Wendt

Sara Wiley

Student Manager

Athletic Communications Student Assistant

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athletics administration

Joel Maturi

Robert Bruininks

athletics director

university president

In his eight years as director of athletics at the University of Minnesota, Joel Maturi has engineered a complete transformation of Golden Gopher athletics. Since being named the first director of athletics of Minnesota’s merged men’s and women’s departments on July 12, 2002, Maturi has combined an uncompromising vision of the future and his unique brand of leadership with a tireless dedication to guide Gopher athletics on a clear course toward becoming a model NCAA Division I athletics department. A native of Chisholm, Minn., Maturi’s tenure at Minnesota has been marked by significant positive change in virtually every aspect of the department. And from his focused efforts has emerged a level of broad-based achievement that year after year places Gopher athletics among the nation’s most successful overall programs. Looking back, it’s easy to discern the building blocks of Minnesota’s success under Maturi. Fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and refocused fund-raising efforts have yielded increased opportunities and unprecedented growth. The development of a first-class academic support program continues to see Gopher student-athletes earn their degrees at ever improving rates. A renewed emphasis on NCAA compliance has ushered in a new era of integrity. And a distinctive ability to foster cooperation as a key and trusted member of University Robert Bruininks’ leadership team has resulted in unprecedented levels of cross-campus collaboration. To say that Minnesota’s athletics department was at a tipping point when Maturi arrived is to perhaps understate the challenges facing the program. Gopher athletics was projected to run a $31 million deficit over the next four years and in order to help cope planned to eliminate three sports. Building a state-of-theart stadium to bring football back to campus was considered a pipe dream. Undaunted, Maturi swiftly set in motion a plan to restore the financial integrity of Gopher athletics. Balanced budgets followed and all three sports were retained. Most significantly, however, the dream of returning Gopher football to its rightful place campus is now a reality as Minnesota opened the doors to the 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium – the Big Ten’s first new on-campus football stadium built since 1960. Upgrades to virtually every Minnesota athletics facility have also taken place under Maturi, including a $600,000 renovation of the playing surface of historic Williams Arena this past summer, and funds are currently being raised to support the construction of a new stadium for Gopher baseball. In addition to leading the way to meet the Gophers’ needs for world-class facilities, Maturi’s tenure has been marked by continual athletic and academic success by Minnesota’s 25-sport department. Gopher athletic programs have accumulated four national championships, 30 Big Ten or WCHA regular season titles and five conference postseason crowns. Minnesota has also placed in the top 30 of the Learfield Directors’ Cup final standing each year of his term, including a 14th-place finish in 2008-09 that ranks as the third-best finish in school history that saw Gopher teams claim six conference titles, advance 20 teams to postseason competition, produce 40 first team All-Big Ten honorees and 41 All-Americans, 257 academic all-conference selections (second-most in the Big Ten) and 12 CoSIDA academic all-district award winners. Minnesota was also among just a handful of programs to see its football team earn a bowl berth (Insight Bowl) and have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as its baseball program qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Gopher women’s hockey, meanwhile, made its sixth appearance in the Frozen Four. Maturi, 64, increased his leadership role within the Big Ten and NCAA during the past few years by being named to several prominent committees, most notably the NCAA Division I Management Council. He has served as the Management Council’s liaison to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past year. Maturi is has also served as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, and will chair this committee during the 2007-08 season. Prior to his arrival, Maturi was the Director of Athletics at Miami University (Ohio). At Miami, Maturi was responsible for the management and leadership of 19 sports programs, all support staffs and nearly 600 student-athletes. His first season at Miami was an extremely successful one. The synchronized skating team won a national championship, the men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16, the volleyball team earned its first NCAA Tournament win, the men’s cross country team advanced to the NCAA meet and the football team won 10 games against an impressive schedule. That year, six teams won Mid-American Conference titles while five coaches garnered Coach of the Year honors. During his tenure at Miami, Maturi spearheaded fund-raising efforts for two important and necessary projects. In his final year, the Walter L. Gross Jr. Family Student-Athlete Development Center was opened and a new baseball field, McKie Field at Hayden Park, was dedicated. Maturi also made an impact on the campus and the community in Oxford, Ohio. He was a recipient of a Campus Impact Award, received an award from the Butler County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities for his efforts to help those in need, the Miami Alumni Association’s A.K. Morris Award for his service to the Association and the Myrtis Powell Building Community Award. In addition, he chaired the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) executive council in 2001-02, and also served as the chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee for Region 4 and was the liaison for the men’s basketball coaches in the MAC. Prior to his time at Miami, Maturi served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Denver from 1996-98. At Denver, Maturi led the school’s move from Division II to Division I and oversaw the search for Division I conference affiliation. Maturi also assisted in the planning and development of a $50 million Sports and Wellness Center and a $2.1 million tennis complex. Maturi is no stranger to the Big Ten. From 1987-96, he worked at the University of Wisconsin. While there, he assisted in taking the financially challenged and struggling athletics program to profitability and success. From 1992-96, he was the Associate Director of Athletics with direct responsibility for all aspects of the football, ice hockey, wrestling, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as the office of academic affairs. He also chaired the Department’s “Support” Program, a wellness program for student-athletes and staff. Maturi was named the Wisconsin Sports Person of the Year in 1993. Before entering the college ranks, Maturi spent 19 years as a high school coach and administrator at Madison Edgewood High School. He coached football, basketball, baseball and track and field, leading his teams to 10 state tournaments. Maturi was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Maturi received a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. He also served on the support staff of Ara Parseghian’s first national championship team. He earned a master’s degree and certification for educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1985. Maturi and his wife, Lois, have three grown children, Mark, Katie and Anne.

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Robert H. Bruininks was appointed the 15th president of the University of Minnesota on November 8, 2002. He has served the University for 40 years, formerly as a professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost. Transforming the U For the past four years, Bruininks has overseen a transformative strategic positioning effort at the University that has raised the bar considerably for the University's academic profile, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources. Already, the results of this intensive effort are visible. In the recent years, the University has undertaken initiatives including: • the adoption of aggressive new four-year graduation goals for each campus • the development of student learning and development outcomes that clearly outline what all University students should know and be able to do at graduation, regardless of academic program • the implementation of tuition reforms enabling many students to save significantly on the total cost of education • the revision of the faculty tenure and promotion code to better recognize and reward outstanding scholarship in all its forms "The University has undertaken significant reform in the context of an increasingly competitive global market for resources, talent, and ideas," Bruininks said. "Our vision is to improve lives through the advancement of knowledge, and our strategic goal is aspirational, audacious, and, I believe, achievable: to become one of the top three public research universities in the world, with a deep and abiding cultural commitment to excellence in everything we do, across all our campuses, research and outreach centers, and offices statewide." Innovations in the University's student experience, such as expanded undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, a campus-wide Honors Program for the Twin Cities campus, and an increased emphasis on enhancing teaching and learning, have helped to fuel high student satisfaction rates, increased applications and enrollment, and significantly improved graduation rates. With more than 65,000 students enrolled system-wide—including more than 50,000 on the Twin Cities campus alone—the University of Minnesota is one of the nation's largest. Affordability for students here and at the University's four coordinate campuses remains a primary concern for the Bruininks administration. Launched in 2005, the Founders Free Tuition Program now covers full cost of tuition and required fees for low-income, Pell-eligible Minnesota students statewide. Once fully implemented, the award is expected to benefit 4,700 undergraduates across the University. In addition, Bruininks has made student scholarships the University's top fundraising priority. The Promise for Tomorrow scholarship drive reached its initial goal of $150 million in October 2006 and has now raised roughly $250 million in just five years. Approximately 7,000 students received privately funded scholarships and fellowships each year; the University's new goal is to help 10,000 students with privately raised financial assistance. Bruininks's career has centered on child and adolescent development and policy research, and strategic improvement in the fields of pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher education. Initially joining the University's faculty as an assistant professor of educational psychology, he has authored or coauthored nearly 90 journal articles and more than 70 book chapters, as well as training materials and several standardized tests. In 2007, Bruininks joined the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. He has also been instrumental in bringing Big Ten football back to the Twin Cities campus with the construction of TCF Bank Stadium, slated to open in Fall 2009. In addition to hosting home football games, the new stadium will provide a permanent home for the marching band, an important new venue for University and community events, and a prominent public gateway to the University's broader mission of education, research and public engagement. President Bruininks earned his bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from George Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development). He and his wife, Dr. Susan Hagstrum, have three grown sons and three grandsons. In their free time, they enjoy riding American Saddlebred horses and spending time at their cabin on northern Minnesota's Gunflint Trail.


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About The ‘U’ • Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university and the state's only major research university. • The Twin Cities campus has an enrollment of more than 51,000 ranking as the fourth-largest in the nation. • The University's Twin Cities campus consistently ranks among the top six public research universities in the nation. • More than 160 bachelor’s degrees, 150 master’s degrees and 100 doctoral degrees are offered. • As one of the largest urban universities in the United States, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities provides many opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in the thriving business, social and artistic communities of the metropolitan area. • The University’s mission of teaching, research and service is felt throughout the state, the nation and the world. To ensure that this legacy continues, the University has embarked on an aggressive strategic plan to make this great University even greater.

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MINNESOTA A world-class university — known globally as a leader in teaching, research and public service, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities consistently ranks among the top six public research universities in the nation. More than 160 bachelor’s degrees, 150 master’s degrees and 100 doctoral degrees make the University one of the most comprehensive institutions in the country. Many of the programs are recognized as national and international leaders. Also a thriving center for culture and the arts, The “U” features outstanding galleries, museums, concerts, theater productions and public lectures. Add in the excitement of Big Ten Athletics, and the University of Minnesota has something for everyone. The University community is a broad mix of ethnic backgrounds, interests and cultures. Students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Many small communities of students, faculty and staff help to create a welcoming feeling on campus. The campus in Minneapolis is located just a few minutes east of downtown. Nestled along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, buildings in Minneapolis range from the ultramodern Weisman Art Museum to the classic and stately Northrop Memorial Auditorium. A few miles to the east in St. Paul, rolling hills and quiet lawns create a more rural setting. The Minneapolis and St. Paul parts of the campus are connected by a convenient campus shuttle system. The University of Minnesota also provides a life beyond the campus like few other Big Ten universities can. The dynamic communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer something for everyone—a nationally-recognized arts and theater community, a thriving entertainment industry, a host of Fortune 500 companies, four glorious seasons of outdoor recreation, exciting professional sports, shopping and restaurants for every taste, all located close to campus. Founded in 1851, seven years before the territory of Minnesota became a state, the University is the largest in the state and touches the lives of thousands of people every day through its teaching, research and service.

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The views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi River are plentiful from the East Bank and West Bank campuses.

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The Twin Cities are blessed with many lakes including Lake Calhoun (above) which is located just a few miles from downtown Minneapolis.

Twin Cities Facts • The Twin Cities metro area has a population of over 2.5 million and is the nation’s 14th-largest media market • Minneapolis was named the “Most Fun City in America” by Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” • Men’s Fitness ranked Minneapolis as the “Most Athletic City” in 2006. The magazine annually ranks Minneapolis as one of the “Fittest” cities, including a No. 4 ranking in 2007. • The Twin Cities boast all four major sports franchises (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) • The Twin Cities are home to 130 art galleries and 35 museums • 20 Fortune 500 companies are located in the Twin Cities • Cooking Light named Minneapolis the fourth-best American city that best fit a philosophy to eat smart, be fit, and live well. • A 2004 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study revealed Minneapolis as the “Most Literate City” in America • Entrepreneur ranked the Twin Cities as the No. 1 large city for entrepreneurs • Population Connection ranked Minneapolis as the fifth-best “kid friendly” large city • Kiplinger’s rated Minneapolis No. 2 on its “50 Smart Places To Live” list • Minnesota has been ranked as the healthiest state by United Health Foundation for three straight years • Men’s Journal rated the Twin Cities as one of the “50 Best Places To Live” in 2006 • Five Minnesota hospitals, led by Mayo Clinic, made U.S. News & World Report's 2005 lists of the nation's top hospitals.

Only In The Twin Cities • The largest enclosed mall in the country, the Mall of America • Second-most theater seats per capita behind New York City • More golfers per capita than any city in the country The Minneapolis skyline in the evening

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The Minneapolis skyline from the Northeast with the Mississppi River

Skyways throughout downtown Minneapolis make foot travel convenient

The famous scultpure gardens in Minneapolis


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TWIN CITIES The St. Croix River runs adjacent to downtown St. Paul

19 Fortune 500 companies are located in the Twin Cities

The Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul

Minnehaha Falls is located in Minneapolis

The State Capitol building in downtown St. Paul

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Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Pro Sports, Concerts, Outdoors • Target Center (downtown Minneapolis) and Xcel Energy Center (downtown St. Paul) both seat over 19,000 spectators and host hundreds of sporting events and concerts each year. • The Twin Cities are home to the Timberwolves (NBA), Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB) and Wild (NHL). • Virtually every major sporting event including Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, playoffs for the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL and PGA Tour major golf tournaments. • The Twin Cities also play host to professional soccer, women’s basketball, lacrosse and minor league baseball. • Minnesota has over 15,000 lakes that boast some of the country’s finest fishing and boating. • The Twin Cities’ thousands of recreational areas and trails make it one of the top outdoor destinations.

Outdoor Options The Twin Cities offer endless outdoor sporting activities including fishing, boating, camping, skiing, golfing and biking to name a few. The Cities are covered with trails and thousands of lakes to entertain any outdoor enthusiast.

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Top Concerts Kenny Chesney, Green Day, Beyonce and Dave Matthews Band are just a few of the hundreds of top shows that visited the Twin Cities recently.


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ENTERTAINMENT Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lymx

Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves

Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Target Center

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The Gopher women’s cross country team is the two-time defending Big Ten Champions.

49 13 447 258 Hassan Mead was a five-time Big Ten champion in 2008-09 in indoor and outdoor track and cross country and earned AllAmerica honors in all three sports.

Athletic & Academic Achievements

Student-Athletes earned All-America honors in 2008-09.

Straight top 30 finishes in the Learfield Director’s Cup measuring overall athletics prowess.

Student-athletes held GPAs of 3.0 or better during the 2009 spring semester.

Academic All-Big Ten selections during the 2008-09 season.

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Academic All-Americans over the last six years.

Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and was a three-time AllAmerican in 2009.


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Gopher Championships 23 8

National Championships won by Minnesota overall.

National Championships won since 2001.

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Big Ten or WCHA regular season or tournament titles won in the last eight years.

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Big Ten or WCHA conference titles won in the last three years.

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All-Time Regular Season Big Ten/WCHA Championships

Derek McCallum was named a first team All-American and led Minnesota into the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

The soccer, women’s hockey and women’s indoor track and field and cross country teams all claimed Big Ten Championships in 2008-09.

Athletic

EXCELLENCE Ryan Stoa was a first team men’s hockey All-American in 2008-09.

Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and was a three-time AllAmerican in 2009.

Lauren Gibbemeyer was one of three Gophers to earn volleyball AllAmerica honors.

Zach Sanders earned AllAmerica honors as a freshman for the wrestling team in 2009.

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Athletics

FACILITIES

Mariucci Arena

Jane Sage Cowles Stadium

Sports Pavilion

U of M Boathouse

siebert Field

Les Bolstad/University Golf Course

Baseline Tennis Center

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The University of Minnesota owns a full compliment of on-campus athletics facilities including the brand-new TCF Bank Stadium.

Bierman Track and Field Stadium

University Aquatics Center

Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium

Ridder Arena

1 million On average, nearly one million fans attend Gopher athletic events annually. Williams Arena

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We’ve made a tremendous commitment to reach out to children in the state of Minnesota. We want to grow a sense of state pride in these young kids. We want them to grow up dreaming about becoming Golden Gophers. I think it is vital to establish these relationships within the state, so these kids think the thing to do is stay home and represent the state of Minnesota some day.

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Life

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SKILLS Gophers In The Community The Gopher soccer program believes it is important to return the outstanding support given by its fans by returning some of their time through volunteer and charitable activities. The Gophers are actively involved in the Twin Cities and University communities. Additionally, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program will: • Promote student-athletes’ ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities. • Meet the changing needs for student-athletes. • Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among studentathletes. • Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills. • Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education. • Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectivelly access campus resources.

Champs/Life Skills Program History

In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division I-A Athletic Director's Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) was created. Today, the NCAA Education Outreach staff oversees the development of the program, offering services, support and programs to participating institutions throughout the year. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the NCAA national office.

PEYTON OWENS Associate Director Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills

University of Minnesota Life Skills Program The Life Skills Program at the University Of Minnesota includes many programs all designed to help make the student-athlete's experience a positive one. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program is an NCAA sponsored program designed to focus on the total development of the student-athlete. Part of the mission of the Athletic Department is to encourage student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits. In an effort to assist our student-athletes further, the program is designed to give a comprehensive approach to providing educational experiences and services which focus on the individual. We presently utilize: a freshman orientation course, personal development programs, Golden Career Opportunities, various community outreach efforts, and our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) to impact the lives of our young men and women. Gopher involvement in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program helps student-athletes enhance the quality of their experience here within the university setting. We are also supplied with instructional materials and supplemental resources which support our student-athletes' development within the CHAMPS/Life Skills Commitment Statements’ five key areas: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development, and community service.

ANISSA LIGHTNER Asst. Director

RACHEL MCKESSOCK Coordinator

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U of M Academic Facts • The University of Minnesota is ranked among the top six public research universities in the nation, according to a recent study by the University of Florida. • The University’s Twin Cities campus offers more than 160 majors for undergraduates. The University has 17 different colleges. • University departments, such as geography, psychology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, management information systems, and economics rank among the top 10 in the nation, according to the National Research Council. • A record 258 Minnesota student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2008-09 academic year. • 447 U of M student-athletes maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better during the spring semester of the 2008-09 academic year.

Gopher

ACADEMICS McNamara Academic Center • Computer lab with more than 40 computers • A quiet study area • The Learning Center with four computers, tutor rooms and Learning Specialists • The Gopher Getaway lounge which includes: • 50-inch flat screen TV • Six computers available for e-mail, Facebook, MySpace or general web surfing • Tables and chairs for eating and socializing • 10 tutor rooms or classrooms

Learning Support Tutors • Tutors are available for many different subjects Sunday through Thursday evenings. • You can also make an individual appointment with a tutor.

Learning Support Structured Study 7-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday: Focuses on needs of the first-year student-athlete. Individual writing assistance and group tutoring in the most common math and science courses are scheduled nightly. Learning Groups-Focus Groups each semester address particular needs, i.e. transition, probation, international student issues, math anxiety, or assist with a particular class, often a self-paced course. A Learning Specialist facilitates the weekly or biweekly meeting.

Enhancement Program

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• Developmental retention program which provides intensive academic support for a limited number of student-athletes. • Each student works individually with a Learning Specialist for the academic year to develop personal learning strategies and improve academic skills. • Students have required structured study and tutor time, and Fieldhouse their academic progressUniversity is closely monitored.

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Gold Program • First year students who are not participating in the Enhancement Program. • Students transitioning out of the Enhancement Program • Anyone who needs additional assistance to pursue his or her academic goals. • Consists of weekly meetings with an Academic Counselor • Designed you to build study and time management skills U offor M Boathouse necessary to succeed and enhance your academic life.


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season review

2008-09

SEASON RECAP GOPHERS FINISH 11TH AT NCAAS The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team finished 11th overall at the 2009 NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M University. During the course of the three-day championships, Minnesota garnered 10 All-America honors and held its second highest finish in school history and the best finish since 1991-92 when the Gophers placed 10th overall. In 2006-07 and 2007-08, Minnesota fi nished 13th overall in the nation, and improve two spots in 2008-09. After earning 96 points in 2008 the Gophers improved their point production by 40 points in 2009 with 136 points. For the second-straight season, sophomore Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breast, while fi nishing third overall in the 200 breast. Earning All-America honors for the Gophers were Stacy Busack (800 free relay, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay), Yuen Kobayashi (500 free, 800 free relay), Meredith McCarthy (800 free relay, 200 free, 200 and 400 free relay), Jenny Shaughnessy (800 free relay, 200 and 400 IM, 400 free relay), Jillian Tyler (100 breast, 200 breast, 400 medley relay), Megan Braun (400 medley relay), Alison Eggers (200 and 400 free relay), Kaylee Jamison (200 free relay and 200 medley relay), Meagan Radecke (200 free relay), Ashley Steenvoorden (1,650 free), Castina Wabeke (400 medley relay) and Hannah Whitehead (400 medley relay). GOPHERS FINISH SECOND AT 2009 BIG TENS Minnesota won a school-record 10 events and set 16 varsity records, but it wasn’t enough to upend Indiana to finish second overall at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Gophers collected 665 points in the championship, but the Hoosier had a 823 points to win the conference title. Jenny Shaughnessy was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championship when she won the 200 and 400 individual medley and was a member of the winning 400 and 800 free relay wins. The Gophers also won titles in the 200 free relay and the 100 breast (Tyler), the 1,650 free (Ashley Steenvoorden), 200 fly (Braun), the 100 free (Busack) and the 200 free (McCarthy). Along with the event titles, Minnesota broke nearly every school record. In all, the Gophers placed 10 swimmers on the first-team All-Big Ten, while Hannah Whitehead was on the second team. SENIOR SALUTE Minnesota graduates one of its best classes in school history in Stacy Busack, Erin Holtmeyer, Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy, Danielle Ridder, Jenny Shaughnessy and Kait Strickland. The senior class contributed over 51 All-America honors and nine individual Big Ten titles over the course of four years. Along with the individual crowns, Jennings, Kobayashi and Shaughnessy were a part of the 800 free relay that won four-straight 800 free relay titles. In all, this group of Minnesota seniors have the school record in six of the 13 school records broken during the 200809 season. ACADEMIC SUCCESS Minnesota garnered 17 Academic All-Big Ten honors this year, announced by the conference office. In women’s swimming, Minnesota tied for the second-most honorees, while Northwestern had the most with 18. The Golden Gophers have had 17 Academic All-Big Ten selections for two straight years. In order to become an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, studentathletes must have a grade point average of above a 3.0, become a letterwinner and be in their second year of competition. 58 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

All-American Meredith McCarthy

Earning their third-straight academic honor were seniors Stacy Busack, Erin Holtmeyer, Christine Jennings, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy, Danielle Ridder, Kait Strickland and Jenny Shaughnessy. Earning their second honor was Andrea Hanson, Kim Kazika. Minnesota’s first-time honorees were Molly Belk, Megan Braun, Alison Eggers, Kaylee Jamison, Meagan Radecke, Kelsey Ridder and Jillian Tyler. RECORDS WERE MADE TO BE BROKEN During the course of the season, Minnesota broke nearly every school record. Tyler set the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the NCAAs. Tyler clocked a time of 58.53 at NCAAs, while she followed with a career-best 2:07.92 in the 200 breast. The Gophers broke 16 school records at the Big Ten Conference championships. Stacy Busack broke the 50 (22.29) and the 100 free (48.08), while Jenny Shaughnessy broke the 200 free (1:44.73), the 200 back (1:55.41), the 200 IM (1:57.18) and the 400IM (4:06.37). Ashley Steenvoorden held the school’s fastest time in the 500 free (4:39.85) and the 1,650 free (15:55.78). Megan Braun swam school-best times of 53.14 and 1:56.00 in the 100 and 200 flys. Along with the individual events, Minnesota clocked school-best times of 1:28.74 in the 200 free relay, 3:14.53 in the 400 free relay and 7:01.65 in the 800 free relay. Minnesota also clocked school-best times in the 200 medley relay (1:38.33) and the 400 medley relay (3:32.38). MVP HONORS Stacy Busack, Jenny Shaughnessy and Jillian Tyler were named the team's most valuable swimmers of the 2008-09 season. Busack, Shaughnessy and Tyler were major contributors to the Gophers’ second-place fi nish at the Big Ten Conference championship and an 11th-place fi nish at the NCAA Championships in March. At the NCAA championships, Busack was a five-time AllAmerican. She was an All-American in one individual event (100 free) and was on all four All-America relays (200, 400 and 800 free relays and the 400 medley relay). At the Big Ten Championships, she won the 100 free event championship and the 200 and 400 free relays as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten team. Shaughnessy had an outstanding meet at Big Tens, when she was named the Swimmer of the Championship. During the conference title, she set the Big Ten record in the 200 free (1:44.73). She went on to win the 200 and 400 IM and was a member of the winning 400 and 800 free relays to earn fi rst-team All-Big Ten honors. At NCAAs, she earned All-America honors in the 200 and 400 IM and the 400 and 800 free relays. For the second-straight year,

Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. She improved from seventh to third in the 200 breaststroke and also earned an All-America citation in the 400 medley relay. She won the 100 breast at Big Tens and was a first-team AllBig Ten selection. She broke both of her 100 and 200 breaststroke school records during the course of the year. Busack and Ashley Steenvoorden were named hardest workers, while the most improved award went to Kaylee Jamison and Hannah Whitehead. Meredith McCarthy was honored with the Dorothy L. Sheppard Award. The award is given to the swimmer who best demonstrates her qualities of being a life-long learner: learning things because they just want to know, values travel and getting to know those who live were you travel and simply enjoys the journey of life. The award was given to McCarthy by the swimming and diving coaching staff. SWIMMER OF THE WEEK HONORS Minnesota was awarded the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week four times during 2008-09. Stacy Busack won the fi rst for the Gophers in duals against Michigan and Michigan State. Versus the Wolverines, Busack earned two individual firsts in the 50- and the 100-yard freestyles. Jillian Tyler took the Gophers’ next two awards following the dual against North Carolina and after the OSU Invite. Tyler went a perfect 5-for-5 in event wins in a 217-151 dual meet victory against then-No. 16 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. At the OSU Invite, Tyler shattered two Big Ten records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, touching the wall fi rst at 58.80 and 2:08.52, respectively. Ashley Steenvoorden earned her first conference award of her career when she picked up two firstplace finishes during the Quad Duals against Illinois Purdue and Wisconsin. She also took home top honors in the 1,000 freestyle. During her tapered time at the beginning of December, Steenvoorden held her best time of her career at 4:45.97 in the 500 free and a team-best 9:46.74 at the Minnesota Grand Prix.


season review

2009

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS NCAA Championships

(March 19-21, 2009, at Texas A & M)

Event 1 — 200 Free Relay 1. Arizona 1:26.20 11. Minnesota 1.29.31 (Busack, McCarthy, Jamison, Eggers)

Event 8 — 400 Individual Medley 1. Julia Smit (Stanford) 4:00.56 12. Jenny Shaughnessy 4:06.72 46. Kristen Steenvoorden 4:18.76

Event 2 — 500 Free 1. Allison Schmitt (Georgia) 6. Yuen Kobayashi 19. Ashley Steenvoorden 23. Christine Jennings 43. Kristen Steenvoorden

Event 9 — 100 Butterfly 1. Amanda Sims (California) 37. Kaylee Jamison 38. Megan Braun

51.28 53.54 53.72

Event 10 — 200 Free 1. Dana Vollmer (California) 10. Meredith McCarthy 43. Yuen Kobayashi 55. Christine Jennings

1:42.01 1:44.80 1:47.60 1:48.48

4:35.17 4:38.91 4:41.49 4:41.98 4:45.82

Event 3 — 200 Individual Medley 1. Julia Smit (Stanford) 1:52.79 14. Jenny Shaughnessy 1:57.51 36. Jillian Tyler 1:59.16 Event 4 — 50 Free 1. Lara Jackson (Arizona) 19. Stacy Busack 44. Meredith McCarthy 55. Kaylee Jamison Event 6 — 400 Medley Relay 1. Arizona 13. Minnesota (Wabeke, Tyler, Braun, Busack)

21.40 22.37 22.68 22.87 3:28.31 3.33.61

Event 12 — 100 Back 1. Gemma Spofforth (Florida) 48. Castina Wabeke 51. Hannah Whitehead

Event 14 — 800 Free Relay 1. California 6:52.69 5. Minnesota 7:01.02 (Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Kobayashi, Busack)

Event 2 — 800 Free Relay 1. Minnesota Event 3 — 500 Free 1. Nikki White (Indiana) 2. Ashley Steenvoorden 3. Yuen Kobayashi 7. Christine Jennings 12. Marissa Davies 13. Kristen Steenvoorden Event 4 — 200 IM 1. Jenny Shaughnessy 9. Jillian Tyler

7:01.65 4:37.38 4:39.85 4:40.83 4:43.99 4:45.50 4:45.98 1:57.18 1:59.03

Event 5 — 50 Free 1. Rebecca Thompson (Wisconsin)22.26 2. Stacy Busack 22.29 8. Kaylee Jamison 22.95 9. Meredith McCarthy 22.52 13. Meagan Radecke 23.07 Event 7 — 200 Free Relay 1. Minnesota 1:28.74 (Jamison, McCarthy, Radecke, Busack) Event 8 — 400 IM 1. Jenny Shaughnessy 6. Kait Strickland

4:06.37 4:15.29

15:45.49 16:02.57 16:10.33 16:38.86

Event 16 — 200 Back 1. Gemma Spofforth (Florida) 1:49.11 29. Castina Wabeke 1:55.55 52. Hannah Whitehead 1:59.25 Event 17 — 100 Free 1. Dana Vollmer (California) 12. Stacy Busack 26. Meredith McCarthy Event 18 — 200 Breast 1. Rebecca Soni (USC) 3. Jillian Tyler

47.17 48.58 48.78 2:05.52 2:07.92

Event 19 — 200 Butterfly 1. Elaine Breeden (Stanford) 1:50.98 29. Megan Braun 1:57.91

Final Team Scores (Top 15) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

California Georgia Arizona Stanford Texas Auburn Florida Texas A & M Southern California Indiana Minnesota Virginia Tennessee Wisconsin Washington

411.5 400.5 389 312.5 307 281.5 239.5 186 157 152 136 117 107 105.5 61

Event 21 — 400 Free Relay 1. California 3:09.88 10. Minnesota 3:15.74 (McCarthy, Busack, Shaughnessy, Eggers)

Big Ten Championships Event 1 — 200 Medley Relay 1. Wisconsin 1:36.29 3. Minnesota 1.38.33 (Lennertz, Tyler, Jamison, Busack)

50.55 54.48 54.65

Event 15 — 1,650 Free 1. Wendy Trott (Georgia) 9. Ashley Steenvoorden 18. Yuen Kobayashi 40. Christine Jennings

(Feb. 18-21, 2009, at Michigan)

Event 9 — 100 Butterfly 1. Caroline Rodriguez (Michigan) 52.39 4. Megan Braun 53.14 7. Kaylee Jamison 53.31 9. Danielle Ridder 53.61 10. Jenna Lennertz 53.89 15. Kelsey Ridder 54.35 Event 10 — 200 Free 1. Meredith McCarthy 2. Stacy Busack 9. Marissa Davies 10. Yuen Kobayashi 12. Christine Jennings

1:45.01 1:45.63 1:47.27 1:47.44 1:47.85

Event 11 — 100 Breaststroke 1. Jillian Tyler 11. Kaylee Jamison

59.17 1:02.39

Event 12 — 100 Backstroke 1. Kate Zubkova (Indiana) 8. Hannah Whitehead 10. Castina Wabeke 14. Danielle Ridder Event 14 — 400 Medley Relay 1. Indiana 2. Minnesota (Whitehead,Tyler, Braun, Busack) Event 15 — 200 Backstroke 1. Kate Zubkova (Indiana) 2. Jenny Shaughnessy 8. Castina Wabeke 16. Hannah Whitehead

51.52 54.56 54.27 54.86 3:31.26 3:32.38

Event 16 — 100 Free 1. Stacy Busack 3. Meredith McCarthy 9. Marissa Davies 14. Meagan Radecke 18. Alison Eggers

48.08 49.04 49.85 50.15 49.84

Event 17 — 200 Breaststroke 1. Ashley Wanland (Wisconsin) 2:08.14 2. Jillian Tyler 2:09.67 12. Kait Strickland 2:14.23 Event 18 — 200 Butterfly 1. Megan Braun 15. Molly Belk 23. Danielle Ridder

1:56.00 2:01.51 2:01.92

Event 20 — 1650 Free 1. Ashley Steenvoorden 6. Yuen Kobayashi 7. Hannah Whitehead 15. Lissa Tommerdahl 17. Christine Jennings 18. Kristen Steenvoorden

15:55.78 16:13.07 16:19.74 16:34.44 16:44.76 16:47.26

Final Team Scores 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Indiana Minnesota Penn State Michigan Wisconsin Purdue Northwestern Ohio State Iowa Michigan State Illinois

823 665 429 414 405 290 253 236 137 111 93

Event 21 — 400 Free Relay 1. Minnesota 3:14.53P (Busack, McCarthy, Shaughnessy, Eggers)

1:51.45 1:55.41 1.57.57 2:00.81

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season review

2009-09

TOP TIMES/SCORES Date 10/3 10/10 10/11 10/31-11/1 11/7 11/14-16 12/5-12/7 1/17 1/30

Meet Alumni Meet Michigan Michigan State North Carolina Iowa Grand Prix/Minnesota Diving Ohio State Invite Washington Quad Duals

2/6-7 2/18-21 3/19-21

Minnesota Challenge Big Ten Championships (at Michigan) NCAA Championships (at Texas A & M)

Result NTS W, 169-130 W, 164-132 W, 217-151 W, 185.5-110.5 NTS 1st, 1,271 points W, 164.5-97.5 W, 191-160 over Wisc. W, 222-121 over PU W, 232-110 over Ill. NTS 2nd, 665 points 11th, 136 points All-American Christine Jennings

Times in (): (NCAA automatic qualifying standard, NCAA consideration standard, Minnesota school record)

50y Free (21.93, 22.80, 22.29) Stacy Busack 2/18/2009 Meredith McCarthy 2/18/2009 Kaylee Jamison 2/18/2009 Meagan Radecke 2/18/2009 Erin Holtmeyer 2/18/2009

22.29 22.52 22.56 22.84 23.20

200y Backstroke (1:53.37, 1:57.90, 1:55.41) Jenny Shaughnessy 2/18/2009 1:55.41 Castina Wabeke 3/18/2009 1:55.55 Hannah Whitehead 3/1/09 1:57.02 Andrea Hanson 3/1/2009 2:00.19 Cory Miller 12/5/2008 2:01.87

100y Free (47.84, 49.75, 48.08) Stacy Busack 2/18/2009 Meredith McCarthy 3/18/2009 Alison Eggers 2/18/2009 Marissa Davies 2/18/2009 Meagan Radecke 12/5/2008

48.08 48.78 49.84 49.85 49.94

100y Breaststroke (59.99, 1:02.38, 58.53) Jillian Tyler 3/18/2009 58.53 Kaylee Jamison 2/18/2009 1:02.39 Kimberly Kazika 12/5/2008 1:03.10 Corina Hopkins-Vacca 2/6/2009 1:04.56 Deidre DeWall 11/14/08 1:04.95

1:44.73 1:44.80 1:45.63 1:47.27 1:47.31

200y Breaststroke (2:10.32, 2:15.53, 2:07.92) Jillian Tyler 12/5/2008 2:07.92 Kait Strickland 2/18/2009 2:14.23 Kimberly Kazika 12/5/2008 2:17.33 Corina Hopkins-Vacca 2/6/2009 2:18.63 Molly Belk 11/14/2008 2:20.11

200y Free (1:44.02, 1:48.18, 1:44.73) Jenny Shaughnessy 2/18/2009 Meredith McCarthy 3/18/2009 Stacy Busack 2/18/2009 Marissa Davies 2/18/2009 Yuen Kobayshi 12/5/2008

500y Freestyle (4:38.46, 4:49.59, 4:38.91) Yuen Kobayshi 3/18/2009 4:38.91 Ashley Steenvoorden 2/18/2009 4:39.85 Christine Jennings 3/18/2009 4:41.98 Marissa Davies 2/18/2009 4:45.50 Kristen Steenvoorden 3/18/2009 4:45.82

100y Butterfly (52.02, 54.10, 53.14) Megan Braun 2/18/2009 Kaylee Jamison 2/18/2009 Danielle Ridder 2/18/2009 Jenna Lennertz 2/18/2009 Kelsey Ridder 2/18/2009

53.14 53.31 53.61 53.89 54.35

1000y Freestyle (9:36.87) Ashley Steenvoorden Yuen Kobayashi Hannah Whitehead Kristen Steenvoorden Lissa Tommerdahl

200y Butterfly (1:54.95, 1:59.54, 1:56.00) Megan Braun 2/18/2009 Molly Belk 12/5/2008 Kelsey Ridder 3/1/09 Danielle Ridder 2/18/2009 Kristen Steenvoorden 12/5/2009

1:56.00 1:57.83 1:59.79 2:01.45 2:02.92

2/18/2009 3/18/2009 2/18/2009 10/31/2008 2/18/2009

9:36.87 9:44.38 9:52.30 9:57.60 9:58.22

1650y Freestyle (15:53.38, 16:31.51, 15:55.78) Ashley Steenvoorden 2/18/2009 15:55.78 Yuen Kobayashi 3/18/2009 16.10.33 Christine Jennings 12/5/2008 16.16.69 Hannah Whitehead 2/18/2009 16:19.74 Lissa Tommerdahl 2/18/2009 16.34.44

200y Individual Medley (1:56.13, 2:00.77, 1:57.18) Jenny Shaughnessy 2/18/2009 1:57.18 Jillian Tyler 12/5/2008 1:58.67 Kait Strickland 2/18/2009 2:01.70 Molly Belk 12/5/2008 2:03.19 Deidre DeWall 11/14/08 2:03.44

100y Backstroke (53.01, 55.13, 53.89) Hannah Whitehead 2/18/2009 Castina Wabeke 2/18/2009 Danielle Ridder 2/18/2009 Jenna Lennertz 2/18/2009 Deidre DeWall 10/10/08

400y Individual Medley (4:07.33, 4:17.22, 4:06.37) Jennifer Shaughnessy 2/18/2009 4:06.37 Kristen Steenvoorden 3/1/2009 4:12.85 Kait Strickland 2/18/09 4:14.11 Kaylee Jamison 11/14/2008 4:22.49 Christine Jennings 2/6/2009 4:27.66

53.89 54.27 54.86 55.45 56.38

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200y Free Relay (1:28.35, 1:31.88, 1:28.74) Jamison, McCarthy 2/18/2009 1:28.74 Radecke, Busack 400y Free Relay (3:18.39, 3:24.34, 3:14.53) Busack, McCarthy 2/18/2009 3:14.53 Shaughnessy, Eggers 800y Free Relay (7:10.49, 7:23.40, 7:01.02) Shaughnessy, McCarthy 3/18/2009 7:01.02 Kobayashi, Busack 200y Medley Relay (1:37.81, 1:41.72, 1:38.33) Wabeke, Tyler 2/18/2009 1:38.33 Braun, Busack 400y Medley Relay (3:38.02, 3:44.56, 3:32.38) Whitehead, Tyler 2/18/2009 3:32.38 Braun, Busack 1-meter Diving (Six Dives) Taylor Enerson 2/6/2009 Emma Shankland 10/10/2008

274.25 194.55

3-meter Diving Taylor Enerson Emma Shankland

10/11/2008 11/7/2008

261.68 192.30

Platform Diving Taylor Enerson

1/30/2009

220.45


gophers in the olympics

Olga Splichalova

Jillian Tyler

• •

Tyler on the International Scene • • •

Four-year letterwinner, Big Ten champion and seven-time All-Ameican for the Gophers Two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000) from the Czech Republic

Qualified for her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics 13th in the world in the 100 breaststroke event Finished second overall at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials with a time of 1:08.54

Gophers who competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials

Kelci Bryant • Stacy Busack

Molly Belk

Paige Bradley

Megan Braun

Kelci Bryant

Marissa Davies

Meredith McCarthy

Jenny Haley Shaughnessy Spencer

Kaylee Jamison

Placed fourth in three-meter synchronized diving with partner Ariel Rittenhouse at the 2008 Olympics

Christine Jennings

Katie Johnson

Kait Ashley Kristen Steenvoorden Steenvoorden Strickland

Kimberly Kazika

Yuen Kobayashi

Jillian Tyler

Castina Wabeke

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history & records

All-Time

RESULTS Year 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 1999-2000 1998-99 1997-98 1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 1993-94 1992-93 1991-92 1990-91 1989-90 1988-89 1987-88 1986-87 1985-86 1984-85 1983-84 1982-83 1981-82 1980-81 1979-80 1978-79 1977-78 1976-77 1975-76 1974-75 1973-74 1972-73 1971-72 1970-71

Overall Dual Meet 8-0 7-1 3-5 5-5 7-1 8-2 8-1 4-5 6-1 10-1 7-1-1 12-2 13-0 4-1-1 10-0 7-1 7-4 6-1 13-3 9-4 9-1 5-4 6-3-2 7-3 7-3 5-3 11-1 4-2 3-3 4-5 5-1 8-3 10-0 4-1 2-0 6-1

Big Ten Dual Meets 6-0 3-0 2-1 3-3 5-1 4-1 3-1 2-4 3-1 5-0 5-1 6-1 7-0 1-0-1 5-0 6-1 5-3 4-0 6-1 4-2 5-1 5-1 3-2-2 3-2 4-2 1-2 3-1 2-2 2-2 3-3 3-1 1-2 1-0

Big Ten Finish 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 6th 5th 6th 9th 6th 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 6th 6th 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd(t) 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 7th 3rd 4th 4th 4th 8th 6th 9th 8th 7th

Points 665 660.5 442 536.5 314 412.5 400 226 340.5 562.5 668.5 644.5 608.5 477 536.5 379 327 433 556 474 538.5 379 496 509.5 535 506 605 391 311 324 511 344 466 308 137 199 64 103.5 130

* school record 1982-83 to present - NCAA Championships, 1970-71 to 1981-82 - AIAW National Championships

Terri Jashinsky was the 1999 Big Ten champion in the 100 butterfly and was bestowed with the 2000 Big Ten Medal of Honor Sue Roell

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National Finish 11th 13th 13th 21st 34th(t) 25th 32nd 45th(t) 23rd 24th 16th 13th 15th 19th(t) 22nd 21st 10th 18th 26th 20th 43rd 21st 21st 29th 15th 29th 34th (t) 30st 37th 27th 29th 37th 34th

Points 136 96 59 48 6 29 13 1 43 34 65 117.5 66 53 34 39 117.5 45 29.5 47 3 33 46 20 81 20 6 6 6 6 6 6 1

Gopher Participants 15 12* 10 10 1 7 4 3 2 6 8 11 10 7 9 4 3 8 10 8 11 6 9 7 6 7 10 10 6 7 4


history & records

RECORDS 50 FREESTYLE Stacy Busack Meredith McCarthy Kaylee Jamison Meagan Radecke Jenny Hasling

22.29 22.52 22.56 22.84 22.88

2009 2009 2009 2009 2007

100 BUTTERFLY Megan Braun Kaylee Jamison Danielle Ridder Jenna Lennertz Katy Christoferson

53.14 53.31 53.61 53.89 54.13

2009 2009 2009 2009 2001

100 FREESTYLE Stacy Busack Meredith McCarthy Jenny Shaughnessy Alison Eggers Marissa Davies

48.08 48.78 49.79 49.84 49.85

2009 2009 2008 2009 2009

200 BUTTERFLY Megan Braun Molly Belk Jenny Hennen Juleen Rodakowski Kelsey Ridder

1:56.00 1:57.83 1:59.34 1:59.59 1:59.79

2009 2009 1999 2003 2009

200 FREESTYLE Jenny Shaughnessy Meredith McCarthy Stacy Busack Yuen Kobayashi Dana Baum

1:44.73 1:44.80 1:45.63 1:47.10 1:47.15

2009 2009 2009 2008 2003

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY Jenny Shaughnessy 1:57.18 Jillian Tyler 1:58.67 Katy Christoferson 2:00.22 Kait Strickland 2:00.78 Deidre DeWall 2:02.17

2009 2009 2001 2008 2007

500 FREESTYLE Yuen Kobayashi Ashley Steenvoorden Christine Jennings Marissa Davies Kristen Steenvoorden

4:38.91 4:39.85 4:41.98 4:45.50 4:45.82

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

1000 FREESTYLE Ashley Steenvoorden Yuen Kobayashi Kimberly Wilson Olga Splichalova Hannah Whitehead

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY Jenny Shaughnessy 4:06.37 Kristen Steenvoorden 4:12.85 Kait Strickland 4:14.11 Katy Christoferson 4:15.12 Linda Oegema 4:16.25 Jinny Smedstad 4:18.60

2009 2009 2009 2001 1990 2001

9:36.87 9:44.38 9:49.68 9:50.10 9:52.30

2009 2009 1995 1997 2009

200 FREE RELAY Jamison, McCarthy Radecke, Busack

1:28.74

2009

1650 FREESTYLE Ashley Steenvoorden Yuen Kobayashi Kimberly Wilson Christine Jennings Olga Splichalova

400 FREE RELAY Busack, McCarthy Shaughnessy, Eggers

3:17.19

2009

15:55.78 16:06.36 16:14.67 16:16.69 16:18.72

2009 2008 1995 2009 1996

800 FREE RELAY Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Kobayashi, Busack

7:01.02

2009

100 BACKSTROKE Roxane Akradi Hannah Whitehead Jenny Hasling Trina Thames Castina Wabeke

53.85 53.89 54.13 54.21 54.27

2008 2009 2007 1992 2009

200 MEDLEY RELAY Lennertz, Tyler, Jamison, Busack 1:38.33

2009

200 BACKSTROKE Jenny Shaughnessy Castina Wabeke Hannah Whitehead Roxane Akradi Katie Wind

1:55.41 1:55.55 1:57.02 1:57.75 1:58.24

2009 2009 2009 2008 2006

100 BREASTSTROKE Jillian Tyler 58.53 Gretchen Hegener 1:00.32 Keri Hehn 1:01.96 Melissa Schold 1:02.04 Kelsey Hegener 1:02.25

2009 1997 2002 2004 2000

200 BREASTSTROKE Jillian Tyler 2:07.92 Gretchen Hegener 2:11.60 Keri Hehn 2:12.43 Kait Strickland 2:13.45 Alicia Jensen 2:14.81

2009 1997 2002 2008 2008

400 MEDLEY RELAY Whitehead, Tyler Braun, Busack 3:32.38

2009

1 METER DIVING (6 DIVES) Jessica Livingston 300.95 Tracy LaVoi 300.70 Chris Gentz 297.23 T.D. Rowe 295.12 Kim Bahmer 294.90

2005 2001 1982 1998 2001

1 METER DIVING (10 DIVES) Andrea Berg 448.15 Jenny Koski 442.05 T.D. Rowe 434.20 Carrie Hansen 429.30 Jenny Cook 428.40

1996 1995 1999 1996 1996

3 METER DIVING (6 DIVES) Chris Gentz 332.90 Andrea Berg 321.12 Wendy Satterlee 320.18 Abbie Bowden 317.20 Laurie Nelson 316.05

1982 1996 1990 2005 1993

3 METER DIVING (11 DIVES) T.D. Rowe 572.75 Laurie Nelson 528.51 Andrea Berg 526.80 Jenny Koski 516.05 Kim Bahmer 512.65

1998 1993 1996 1995 2002

PLATFORM DIVING Holly Jakits Jacqueline Schroeder Erica Schiffler Taylor Enerson Alex Barstad Brianna Hubbard

(5 DIVES) 279.40 279.30 253.60 245.85 235.50 235.40

2006 2008 2006 2009 2007 2007

Gretchen Hegener

Jenny Hennen left the Minnesota program as the school record holder in the 100 freestyle and the 200 butterfly, as well as a member of all five school record relay teams.

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history & records

AWARDS & HONORS Golden Gopher National Champions Chris Curry 3-meter diving, 1981 AIAW Championships Gretchen Hegener 100-yard breaststroke, 1997 NCAA Championships

Minnesota Senior Athlete of the Year 1977 — Terry Ganley 1979 — Cindy Anderson 1982 — Chris Curry 1986 — Diane Wallner 1987 — Sue Roell 1988 — Jodi Schirmers 1995 — Kara Martin 1998 — Gretchen Hegener Big Ten Medal of Honor 1982 — Chris Curry 1987 — Sue Roell 1992 — Uta Herrmann 1993 — Laura Herman 2000 — Terri Jashinsky Big Ten Freshman of the Year 2006 — Yuen Kobayashi 2008 — Jillian Tyler Big Ten Swimmer of the Championship 2009 — Jenny Shaughnessy Big Ten Coach of the Year 1984 — Jean Freeman 1986 — Jean Freeman 1996 — Jean Freeman 1999 — Jean Freeman 2006 — Kelly Kremer, Terry Nieszner GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America 1992 — Uta Herrmann 2003 — Dana Baum

Chris Curry (center) on the awards stand after winning the 3-meter diving at the 1981 AIAW Championships.

Gretchen Hegener was the NCAA Champion in the 100 breaststroke in 1997, and set an American record in her national championship race.

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GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District 1990 — Uta Herrmann 1992 — Uta Herrmann 2003 — Dana Baum 2007 — Jenny Hasling, Jenny Shaughnessy Minnesota Top 5 Academic Award 1990 — Juli Gunard 1992 — Uta Herrmann 1993 — Alison Lucas, Laurie Nelson, Kris Zeller 1994 — Kara Martin 1996 — Stefanie Bradford, Tressia Shaw 1997 — Stefanie Bradford 1998 — Andrea Simakova 1999 — Krissy Berglund 2003 —Dana Baum 2005 —Sarah Solfelt 2008 — Jenny Shaughnessy 2009 — Jenny Shaughnessy Academic All-Big Ten 1990 Anne Eldegard, Juli Gunard, Kristin Gunard, Uta Herrmann, Cass Moe, Stacey Niedenfuer, Linda Oegema 1991 Anne Eldegard, Kristin Gunard, Laura Herman, Alison Lucas, Linda Oegema 1992 Laura Herman, Uta Herrmann, Tonya Hess, Alison Lucas, Laurie Nelson, Stacey Niedenfuer, Anne Peters, Marsha Reid, Kris Zeller 1993

Kristen Anderson, Laura Herman, Alison Lucas, Kara Martin, Laurie Nelson, Linda Oegema, Pan Smith, Kris Zeller 1994 Kristen Anderson, Rachel Clafin, Jenny Cook, Michelle Hamren, Kara Martin, Laurie Nelson, Anne Peters, Tressia Shaw, Pam Smith, Susan Suomu, Leslie Wilcox, Wendy Woods 1995 Kristen Anderson, Stefanie Bradford, Rachel Clafin, Jenny Cook, Michelle Hamren, Suzie Helvig, Alicia Hicken, Cassandra Holmer, Jennifer Koski, Kara Martin, Tressia Shaw, Jessica Smith, Elizabeth Weld, Kate Wendt, Wendy Woods 1996 Andrea Berg, Stefanie Bradford, Rachel Clafin, Jenny Cook, Michelle Hamren, Carrie Hansen, Suzie Helvig, Alicia Hicken, Omodele Masha, Carrie Raeth, Tressia Shaw, Jessica Smith, Elizabeth Weld, Kate Wendt, Wendy Woods 1997 Andrea Berg, Krissy berglund, Stefanie Bradford, Devon Coellner, Carrie Hansen, Suzie Helvig, Alicia Hicken, Carrie Raeth, Jessica Smith, Elizabeth Weld, Kim Wilson 1998 Krissy Berglund, Nicole Feist, Kate McMillan, Brianna Rygg, Andrea Simakova, Kim Wilson 1999 Krissy Berglund, Ann Cahoy, Katy Christoherson, Emily Deppe, Kim Harrod, Terri Jashinaky, Tracy LaVoi, Kate McMillan, Amy Miller, Elizabeth Pierce, Jocelyn Pogue, Andrea Simakova 2000 Ann Cahoy, Katy Christoferson, Rachel Degener, Emily Deppe, Karen Egerman, Rachelle Giese, Kim Harrod, Terri Jashinsky, Anne Koller, Tracy LaVoi, Kate McMillan, Amy Michschl, Elizabeth Pierce, Andrea Simakova 2001 Dana Baum, Ann Cahoy, Emily Deppe, Karen Egerman, Ariana Gardner, Rachelle Giese, Holly Hanneman, Anne Koller, Tracy LaVoi, Elizabeth Pierce, Joceclyn Pogue, Sara Rutkowski, Kristin Rygg 2002 Kim Bahmer, Dana Baum, Sarah Bohlsen, Jessica Crawford, Carol Crouthamel, Karen Egerman, Ari Gardner, Lauren Guzauskas, Holly Hanneman, Shannon Jackson, Anne Koller, Shauna Riggs, Juleen Rodakowski, Kristin Rygg 2003 Kim Bahmer, Dana Baum, Maria Bigwood, Abbie Bowden, Rebecca Cornthwaite, Jessica Crawford, Carol Crouthamel, Ariana Gardner, Lauren Guzauskas, Holly Hanneman, Keri Hehn, Shannon Jackson, Melissa Kaiser, Juleen Rodakowski, Kristin Rygg, Sarah Solfelt 2004 Abbie Bowden, Rebecca Cornthwaite, Jessica Crawford, Carol Crouthamel, Kate Hardt, Shannon Jackson, Lindsay Marko, Bridget McCoy, Mary Patrek, Juleen Rodakowski, Abby Ruess, Sarah Solfelt, Sara Vine, Jennifer Warmington, Katie Wind 2005 Abbie Bowden, Amy Cahoy, Thea Fleming, Jaclyn Gazvoda, Kate Hardt, Heather Harris, Jenny Hasling, Holly Jakits, Krista Kezbers, Cecile Lamour, Bridget McCoy, Colleen Morgan, Mary Patrek, Julia Quinn, Abby Ruess, Caroline Schik, Sarah Solfelt, Lindsey St. Martin, Valerie Tukey, Sara Vine, Jennifer Warmington, Katie Wind


history & records

Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame The Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame was started in 1984 and was the first individual sport Hall of Fame of its kind at the University of Minnesota. The Hall of Fame gives recognition to outstanding alums who have contributed to the University’s program. 2007 Inductees John Wendt

1996 Inductee George Bledsoe

2006 Inductees Art Downey Jean Freeman

1995 Inductees Jodi Schirmers Elyce Iwerks Amy Volna Dan Egeland

2005 Inductees P.J. Bogart Gretchen Hegener Paul Nelsen 2003 Inductees Del Cerney Sean Quackenbush Olga Splichalova Kim Wilson

1994 Inductees Sue Roell Art Griffith 1992 Inductee Diane Wallner 1990 Inductees Britta Wilk “Chip” Peterson

1988 Inductees Cindy Anderson Marty Knight 1987 Inductees Bill Milota Dr. John Bergman Ray Hakomaki 1986 Inductees Dorothy L. Sheppard Bud Ericksen Virgil Luken Dr. Walt Richardson Dr. Steve Jackman

1984 Inductees Mary Jablonski Dr. William W. Huesner G. Robert Mowerson Chris Curry Terry Ganley Nieszner Craig Lincoln Niels Thorpe

1999 Big Ten Champions

1985 Inductees John Faricy Jim Hill Sam Hill Lowell Marsh

2006 Erika Bjorklund, Kate Hardt, Jenny Hasling, Jamie Howard, Holly Jakits, Krista Kezbers, Cecile Lamour, Sharon Leary, Bridget McCoy, Erin O’Neil, Abby Ruess, Lindsey St. Martin, Valerie Tukey, Katie Wind 2007 Linzey Bachmeier, Erika Bjorklund, Stacy Busack, Jenny Chang, Erin Forster, Jacki Gazvoda, Jenny Hasling, Erin Holtmeyer, Holly Jakits, Christine Jennings, Krista Kezbers, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy, Erin O’Neil, Danielle Ridder, Jenny Shaughnessy, Erica Schiffler, Lindsey St. Martin, Kait Strickland, Val Tukey 2008 Roxane Akradi, Katie Budahl, Stacy Busack, Erin Forster, Andrea Hanson, Erin Holtmeyer, Christine Jennings, Alicia Jensen, Kimberly Kazika, Yuen Kobayashi, Sharon Leary, Meredith McCarthy, Hillary Provo, Danielle Ridder, Jacqueline Schroeder, Jenny Shaughnessy, Kait Strickland 2009 Molly Belk, Megan Braun, Stacy Busack, Alison Eggers, Andrea Hanson, Erin Holtmeyer, Kaylee Jamison, Christine Jennings, Kimberly Kazika, Yuen Kobayashi, Meredith McCarthy, Meagan Radecke, Danielle Ridder, Kelsey Ridder, Jenny Shaughnessy, Kait Strickland, Jillian Tyler

2000 Big Ten Champions

2008 Big Ten Champions

University of Minnesota M Club Hall of Fame Cindy Anderson (inducted in 2005) Chris Curry (inducted 1985) Jean Freeman (inducted in 2000) Terry Ganley Nieszner (inducted in 1990) Laurie Nelson (inducted 2000) Sue Roell Grimm (inducted in 2006) Dorothy L. Sheppard (inducted 1985) Diane Wallner Schoeneman (inducted 2003)

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ALL-AMERICANS 2008-09 Megan Braun Stacy Busack Alison Eggers Kaylee Jamison Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Meagan Radecke Jenny Shaughnessy Ashley Steenvoorden Jillian Tyler Castina Wabeke Hannah Whitehead 2007-08 Roxane Akradi

400 medley relay* 800 free relay, 100 free*, 200 free relay*, 400 medley relay*, 400 free relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 500 free, 800 free relay 800 free relay, 200 free*, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 200 free relay* 800 free relay, 200 IM*, 400 IM*, 400 free relay* 1650 free* 100 breast, 200 breast, 400 medley relay* 400 medley relay* 400 medley relay*

Erin Holtmeyer Christine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Jenny Shaughnessy Jillian Tyler

400 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay* 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay*, 200 butterfly* 400 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay* 200 free relay* 500 free*, 800 free relay* 800 free relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 400 IM*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 400 medley relay, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay*

2006-07 Roxane Akradi Stacy Busack Jenny Hasling Erin Holtmeyer Christine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Jenny Shaughnessy

200 free relay*, 100 back* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 200 free relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 800 free relay 500 free*, 800 free relay 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay 200 IM*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay

2005-06 Stacy Busack Kate Hardt Jennifer Hasling Erin Holtmeyer Chrisine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Sarah Perrott Jenny Shaughnessy

200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 800 free relay* 200 free relay* 200 free relay* 800 free relay* 200 freestyle*, 500 freestyle*, 1650 freestyle*, 800 free relay* 400 free relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 400 free relay*, 800 free relay*

Megan Braun Stacy Busack

2003-04 Rebecca Corthwaite

Platform diving*

2002-03 Dana Baum Rebecca Cornthwaite Keri Hehn

200 freestyle* Platform diving* 200 breaststroke

2001-02 Dana Baum Keri Hehn

500 freestyle* 200 breaststroke

2000-01 Katy Christoferson

200 individual medley*

Stacy Busack

1999-2000 Katy Christoferson Kelsey Hegener Jenny Hennen Terri Jashinsky Tracy LaVoi Jinny Smedstad 1998-99 Terri Jashinsky Katy Christoferson Amy Cottrill Jenny Hennen Kate McMillan Beth Shimanski Jinny Smedstad Meghan Sonstegard

100 butterfly*, 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay*, 400 medley relay* 400 medley relay* 800 free relay* 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay*

1997-98 Gretchen Hegener

100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke

1996-97 Gretchen Hegener Olga Splichalova Tanya Schuh Shona Baillie Amy Cottrill Jenny Hennen Terri Jashinsky Kimberly Wilson Andrea Berg Carrie Hansen 1995-96 Olga Splichalova Tanya Schuh Gretchen Hegener Beth Shimanski Suzie Helvig

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400 individual medley, 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 100 breaststroke*, 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 100 butterfly*, 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay*, 800 free relay* 1 meter diving* 400 free relay*, 800 free relay*

100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free relay* 500 free, 800 free relay* 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 100 butterfly* 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 200 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 800 free relay* 400 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 800 free relay* 200 free relay*, 800 free relay* 1650 free* 3-meter diving* 1-meter diving*

1650 free, 500 free*, 400 medley relay* 100 butterfly, 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 medley relay* 100 breaststroke, 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 medley relay*


history & records 1994-95 Tanya Schuh Olga Splichalova Kiki Anderson Andrea Berg Gretchen Hegener Suzie Helvig Kara Martin

100 butterfly, 200 medley relay* 1650 free, 500 free* 200 medley relay* 1-meter diving*, 3 meter diving* 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay* platform diving*

1993-94 Kara Martin Laurie Nelson Jessica Grass

platform diving, 3 meter diving* platform diving 200 butterfly*

All-Americans AIAW Championships (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) 1981-82 Chris Curry Britta Wilk Anna Sheehan Elyce Iwerks Erin Driscoll

3 meter diving butterfly, free relay free relay free relay free relay

1980-81 1992-93 Laurie Nelson Laura Herman 1991-92 Laurie Nelson Trina Thames Kris Zeller Uta Herrmann Laura Herman Pam Smith Lynn Newton 1990-91 Laurie Nelson Trina Thames

Chris Curry

1-meter diving, platform diving, 3 meter diving* 50 free*

1-meter diving, 3 meter diving, platform diving 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 50 free*, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay* 200 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 1650 free*

3 meter diving

1979-80 Cindy McCollum Julie Benz Stephanie Schoening Britta Wilk

Terry Ganley Nieszner was Minnesota’s first All-American in a women’s sport.

free relay free relay free relay free relay

1978-79 Cindy Anderson

backstroke

1977-78 Cindy Anderson

backstroke

1976-77 Cindy Anderson

backstroke

1975-76

Lisa Davis Kris Zeller Andrea Rudser Stacey Niedenfuer Laura Herman Deanne Hop Linda Oegema

platform diving 100 backstroke, 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay 1-meter diving* 200 medley relay* 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay* 400 medley relay*, 400 free relay* 200 medley relay*, 400 free relay* 400 free relay* 200 individual medley*, 400 medley relay*

1989-90 Linda Oegema Tami Grewenow Lynn Newton

400 indiviudal medley, 200 individual medley* 100 breaststroke* 1650 free*

1988-89 Tami Grewenow Amy Volna Stacey Niedenfuer Deanne Hop Ruth Gunard Nancy Swanum Shannon Heringer

100 breaststroke, 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay* 200 free relay* 400 medley relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 medley relay*

1987-88 Tami Grewenow

100 breaststroke*

1986-87 Sue Roell Amy Volna Jodi Schirmers Ruth Gunard

100 breaststroke, 400 free relay* 400 free relay* 400 free relay* 400 free relay*

Cindy Anderson Cheryl Swanum Joni Ellis Terry Ganley

200 free relay, backstroke 200 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay

1974-75 Terry Ganley

free, I.M.

1973-74 Terry Ganley

1985-86 Diane Wallner

backstroke

Ruth Gunard Amy Volna Jo Elsen

50 free, 100 free*, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 100 breaststroke*, 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay*, 200 medley relay* 200 free relay*, 400 free relay* 200 medley relay*

1984-85 Elyce Iwerks Marci Olson Diane Wallner Jodi Schirmers

400 free relay 400 free relay 400 free relay 400 free relay

Sue Roell

*All-America Honorable Mention

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BIG TEN CHAMPIONS 2008-09 Megan Braun Stacy Busack Alison Eggers Kaylee Jamison Christine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Meagan Radecke Jenny Shaughnessy Ashley Steenvoorden Jillian Tyler

200 fly 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay 400 free relay 200 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay 200 free relay 200 IM, 400 IM, 400 free relay, 800 free relay 1650 free 100 breast

2007-08 Roxane Akradi Stacy Busack Megan Braun Christine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Jenny Shaughnessy Jillian Tyler

400 medley relay 400 medley relay 400 medley relay 800 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay, 400 IM 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 medley relay

2006-07 Christine Jennings Yuen Kobayashi Meredith McCarthy Jenny Shaughnessy

500 free, 800 free relay 1650 free, 800 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay

2005-06 Yuen Kobayashi Kate Hardt Christine Jennings Jenny Shaughnessy

500 free, 1650 free, 800 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay 800 free relay

2000-01 Katy Christoferson

200 individual medley

1999-2000 Katy Christoferson

400 individual medley

1998-99 Terri Jashinsky Jenny Hennen

100 Butterfly 200 Butterfly

Jenny Shaughnessy

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Katy Christopherson

1997-98 Katy Christoferson Gretchen Hegener T.D. Rowe 1996-97 Gretchen Hegener

400 individual medley 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke 1 meter diving, 3 meter diving

Tanya Schuh Shona Baillie Olga Splichalova Kimberly Wilson Amy Cottrill Jenny Hennen

100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 500 free 1650 free 200 medley relay 400 medley relay

1995-96 Olga Splichalova Tanya Schuh Gretchen Hegener Suzie Helvig Beth Shimanski

500 free, 1650 free 100 buttefly, 200 butterfly, 200 medley relay 200 medley relay 200 medley relay 200 medley relay

1994-95 Kimberly Wilson Kara Martin

1650 free platform diving

1992-93 Laurie Nelson

3 meter diving, platform diving

1991-92 Laura Herman Laurie Nelson Trina Thames Uta Herrmann Pam Smith

50 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay 1 meter diving 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay

1990-91 Stacey Niedenfuer Laura Herman Jenny Easter Trina Thames

50 free, 200 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay, 100 backstroke


history & records 1989-90 Laura Herman Linda Oegema Uta Herrmann Tami Grewenow Kim Vogel Stacey Niedenfuer Shannon Heringer

200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 I.M., 400 I.M. 200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 medley relay 200 free relay 200 free relay 200 medley relay

1988-89 Cass Moe Tami Grewenow Shannon Heringer Ruth Gunard Stacey Niedenfuer Amy Volna Deanne Hop Nancy Swanum

200 medley relay 200 medley relay 200 medley relay 200 medley relay, 400 free relay 400 free relay 400 free relay, 100 free 400 free relay 100 backstroke

1987-88 Jodi Schirmers Tami Grewenow

200 free 100 breaststroke

1986-87 Sue Roell Nancy Swanum Shannon Heringer Ruth Gunard Jodi Schirmers Amy Volna

100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay 400 free relay 400 free relay

1985-86 Diane Wallner Sue Roell Jo Elsen Ruth Gunard

50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay 100 breaststroke, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 free relay, 200 medley relay

1984-85 Jodi Schirmers Jo Elsen Diane Wallner Sue Roell Marci Olson Elyce Iwerks

1650 free, 400 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 400 free relay

1983-84 Jo Elsen Sue Roell Erin Driscoll Diane Wallner Elyce Iwerks Marci Olson

200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 free relay, 200 medley relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 50 free, 200 medley relay, 100 free 400 free relay, 200 medley relay 400 free relay

1982-83 Denise Johnson Mana Raikkala Jo Elsen Anna Sheehan Diane Wallner Britta Wilk

200 I.M., 400 free relay 400 I.M. 200 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 free relay, 400 free relay

1979-80 Cindy McCollum Julie Benz Britta Wilk Steph Schoening

200 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay 200 free relay

1977-79 Cindy Anderson Steph Schoening

50 back, 100 individual medley 100 free

1977-78 Cindy Anderson

100 backstroke, 50 backstroke

1976-77 Cindy Anderson Terry Ganley

50 backstroke 100 individual medley

1975-76 Sara James

200 individual medley, 200 backstroke

1973-74 Terry Ganley

50 backstroke

1971-72 Mary Jablonski

50 butterfly

1970-71 Mary Jablonski

50 butterfly

Yuen Kobayashi

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LETTERWINNERS Karen Adams Shirley Marie Adams (Mans)% Roxane Akradi* Diane Almstrom* Cindy Anderson Kari Anderson Kirsten Anderson* Nancy Andries Ann Anklam% Sue Arne

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 1952 2007, 2008 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 1976 1972 1977, 1979

Linzey Bachmeier Kim Bahmer Shona Baillie Patty Banks Chandy Barr Alex Barstad Dana Baum * Kath Bayers Molly Belk Laura Benedetti Jenny Benkusky Julie Benz Andrea Berg Shelly Bergh Krissy Berglund Ann Berry Jenny Bierbaum Maria Bigwood Christina Billman Erika Bjorklund Mike Bjorkman# Sue Blosky Kim Bodin (Dennisson)% Laura Boehlke Sarah Bohlsen Marty Bopp Abbie Bowden* Laura Brackett Stefanie Bradford Megan Braun Mary Louise Brix Katie Brosseau Lori Brown Kim Bryant Katie Budahl Stacy Busack* Mary Byrne*

2006, 2007 2001, 2002, 2003 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1988, 1989, 1990 1992 2007, 2008 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 1977, 1978, 1979 2008, 2009 1998 1987, 1988, 1989 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1975 1996, 1997, 1999 1957 1993, 1994 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 1994 2004, 2005, 2006,2007 1994 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 1972 1978, 1979 2001, 2003, 2004 1977 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 1979 1997 2008, 2009 1987 2006 1979 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 2007, 2008 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1975

Ann Cahoy* Lisa Camillo* Jenni Carlson Jennifer Carpenter Coleen Carroll Jenny Chang Nelsine Christensen (Tidemann)% Ruth Christensen Patty Christiansen* Katy Christoferson* Rachel Claflin Devon Coellner Jenny Cook Katy Coombe Gail Cording* Rebecca Cornthwaite * Amy Cottrill Melissa Coulter Jessica Crawford Carol Crouthamel Chris Curry* Elizabeth Cutter%

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 1991 1986, 1987 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 2005, 2006, 2007 1945-49 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1993 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1993, 1995, 1996 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 1976, 1977, 1979 2002, 2003, 2004 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 1984 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982 1971

Geraldine Dahlen (Jennett)% Rosalee Dallman (Filstrup)% Gayle Damrow (Yoerks)%

1944 1971 1960-65

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Lynn Newton

Marissa Davies Lisa Davis* Ellen Dean Rachel Degener* Cathy Dehen Jen DeLong Deidre DeWall Emily Deppe Erin Driscoll Gail Drummer%

2009 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 1978 1999, 2000 1978 1998, 1999 2007, 2008 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 1968-72

Jenny Easter Karen Egerman Alison Eggers Anne Eldegaard Joni Ellis Jo Elsen* Patricia Engst (Anderson)% Kathy Erickson Diane Erstad Jeanne Ewing

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 2000, 2001, 2002 2008, 2009 1990, 1991 1975, 1976 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 pre-1974 1978, 1979 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 1983, 1984, 1985

Thea Fleming Nicole Fiest Michelle Fischer Andrea Flaa Erin Forster Sandra Forest (Campbell)% Jean Freeman% Patty Freeman* Jane Froehlich Gail Fuller

2005 1998 1997 1998 2007, 2008 1967-69 1968 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 1979 1975, 1976

Jenna Gamble Terry Ganley* Kelly Gallagher Arianna Gardner Judith Gaudette (Gehrke)% Jaclyn Gazvoda Jae Germond% Rachelle Giese Paige Gilgan Holly Graham Jessica Grass Laura Greenlee Tami Grewenow* Gail Griffin* Juli Gunard Kristen Gunard Ruth Gunard Kaye Gustafson Shanna Gustafson Lauren Guzauskus

2006 1975, 1976, 1977 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 1968-71 2005 1974 1999, 2000, 2001 2002 1976 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1976 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1989, 1990, 1991 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 1977 2000 2001, 2002, 2003

Nancy Haines (Kunau)% Flo Halgren (Peterson)% Julie Hammond Michelle Hamrem

1951-53 1928 1979 1996

Holly Hanneman Carrie Hansen Andrea Hanson Kate Hardt Sanna Harkonen Ann Harris* Kim Harrod* Jenny Hasling* Amy Hathaway Heather Harris Linda Haworth Shelly Hecomovich Gretchen Hegener Kelsey Hegener Keri Hehn Heather Held Terri Helmbolt Suzie Helvig* Jenny Hennen Kari Henningsgaard Shannon Heringer* Laura Herman* Uta Herrmann Tonya Hess Alicia Hicken Chris Hillman Erin Holtmeyer* Deanne Hop* Corina Hopkins-Vacca Cindy Hovet* Jamie Howard Mary Howell Brianna Hubbard Peggy Huebsch-Lorinsor*

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 1994, 1996, 1997 2007, 2008, 2009 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 1978, 1979 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 1987, 1988, 1989 2005 1985 1983 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1999, 2000 2002, 2003 1987 1980 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 1977, 1978, 1979 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 1990, 1992 1991, 1992 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1988 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 2007 1984, 1986, 1987 2006 1975 2006, 2007 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983

Stephanie Iverson* Elyce Iwerks*

1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

Mary Jablonski% Shannon Jackson Holly Jakits* Kaylee Jamison Terri Jashinsky* Christine Jennings* Alicia Jensen Diane Johansen Denise Johnson Jessica Johnson

1970-73 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2008 1979, 1981 1983, 1984, 1985 2002

Krina Kabanuk Melissa Kaiser Lital Kashriel Kory Kaye Kimberly Kazika Carol Keane Peg Kennedy Krista Kezbers Amy Killpatrick Katie Klamer Kari Klassen Marta Knowles Yuen Kobayashi* Anne Koller Jenny Koski Jenni Krajewski

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 2003 1999 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 2007, 2008, 2009 1975 1979 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2005, 2007 2000 1995 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 1994, 1995 1992

Tracy LaVoi* Cecile Lamour Jenny Larson* Sharon Leary* Jenna Lennertz Maureen Lewis Carol Libbesmeier* Michelle Lieder Sara Lindner

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2006 1993 2008 2009 1985, 1986 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 2002 1987, 1988, 1989


history & records Jessica Livingston Michal Long Alison Lucas

2005 1982 1991, 1992, 1993

Corinna Maleike Mary Maley Lindsay Marko Katherine Marshall Kara Martin* Meredith McCarthy* Jaina McClure Kelly McClure* Cindy McCollum Bridget McCoy Linda McFeters% Kate McMillan* Pam Meyer (Richmond)% Amy Mickschl Cory Miller Heather Miller Shelby Miller Shelley Miller Cassandra Moe Megan Moore Colleen Morgan*

1979, 1983 1978 2004 2003, 2004, 2005 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1998 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 1970 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 1974-77 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2009 1997 1997, 1998 1999 1989, 1990 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2003, 2004, 2005

Randi Nehring Laurie Nelson Nicole Nelson Lynn Newton* Casey Nicholson Stacey Niedenfuer Lisa Novak

1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 1994 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 2001 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 1984

Linda Oegema* Kate Olson Kim Olson Marci Olson* Christy Oman Michelle Omdahl Erin O’Neil

1989, 1990, 1991, 1993 1997 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 2005 2005, 2006

Mary Patrek Maja Pavlovic Karen Pearson% Penny Permuth Sarah Perrott Anne Peters Chris Peterson Kristi Peterson Lori Peyer Paula Photos Elizabeth Pierce Linda Pitmon Jocelyn Pogue Jen Power

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2009 1956 1991 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 1994 1976 1976 1979 1981, 1982, 1983 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1985 2001 2001, 2002

Laurie Nelson

Erin Prasse Anne Pringle Katie Proell Hillary Provo Sue Punch

2001 1989 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2007, 2008 1978

Julia Quinn

2004, 2005

Meagan Radecke Carrie Raeth Mana Raikkala Jillian Randell Kayla Redig Julie Rezab Tara Rehder Charlie Rezba Verle Rhoades% (Cote) Casey Richards Danielle Ridder* Kelsey Ridder Marsha Ried Shauna Riggs * Christina Rinkus Juleen Rodakowski * Angela Roehl Sue Roell* T.D. Rowe* Andrea Rudser Abby Ruess Sara Rutkowski Andrea Ryan Brianna Rygg Kristin Rygg *

2008, 2009 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 1994 2007 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 1987 1975 pre-1974 1978 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2008, 2009 1991, 1992 2002 1999, 2000 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2001 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 1998, 1999 1991, 1992 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 1979 1998 2001, 2002, 2003

Claudia Sanders* Wendy Satterlee Lynn Sawitzke Janna Schaumann Alison Schiefelbein Erica Schiffler Caroline Schik Jodi Schirmers* Michelle Schmid Stephanie Schoening* Melissa Schold Jacqueline Schroeder Tanya Schuh Vivian See% Cindy Shaughnessy Jenny Shaughnessy* Tressia Shaw Anna Sheehan Barb Shields Beth Shimanski* Andrea Simakova Jeanne Simley* Jane Simmons Jinny Smedstad Jessica Smith Joan Smith (Carlson)% Pam Smith* Sarah Solfelt * Meghan Sonstegard Sheryl Southwell Lissa Spencer Darcy Spielmann Olga Splichalova Kim Stanforth Nancy Stanway Ashley Steenvoorden Kristen Steenvoorden Lindsey St. Martin Kait Strickland Julie Sullivan* Susan Suomu* Cheryl Swanum Nancy Swanum

1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 1990 1976, 1977, 1978 1979, 1980 1999 2006, 2007 2007 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 1979, 1980 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2007, 2008 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1950 1980 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1993, 1994 1982, 1983 1975 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1998, 1999, 2000 1987. 1988, 1989 1978, 1979 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 1994, 1995, 1996 1964-67 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1975 1975 1988, 1989, 1991 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1975, 1976, 1977 1978 2009 2009 2005, 2006 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 1976, 1977 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

Laurie Talmage Nina Tatarko Trina Thames

1980 1979 1991, 1992

Kate Hardt Maureen Thielen* Maggie Thomas Andrea Toft Lissa Tommerdahl Nancy Touve* Sara Touve Stacey Truman Valerie Tukey DeAnne Twidwell Jillian Tyler

1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 2008 1997 2009 1983, 1984, 1986 1987, 1988 2002 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 1987, 1988 2008, 2009

Janet Usher*

1976, 1977, 1978

Courtney Veerman Sara Vine Kim Vogel Amy Volna*

2008 2003, 2004, 2005 1988, 1989, 1990 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

Castina Wabeke Ashley Wallace Janet Wallace Diane Wallner* Karyn Ward Jennifer Warmington Patricia Watkins (Auer)% Patty Weiss Cathy Weist Elizabeth Weld Kate Wendt* Sabine Westhoff Michelle Whale Hannah Whitehead Leslie Wilcox* Britta Wilk* Carole Williams Kimberly Wilson Katie Wind Woods

2007, 2008, 2009 2000 1975, 1976, 1977 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 1989, 1990 2003, 2004 1950 1984, 1985 1975, 1976 1997 1994, 1995 1990 1990, 1992 2009 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 1979, 1982 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Wendy 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

Jennifer Yasis Gaye Young

1990, 1991, 1992 1978

Kris Zeller

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Names in bold are current team members. *Captains #Team manager 1990-1994 % pre-varsity letterwinners

71 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving


history & records

GOPHER LEGENDS Jean Freeman After 31 years of service, Jean Freeman, who was the first Division I coach at Minnesota, retired from coaching the Golden Gopher women’s swim team following the 2003-04 season. Although Freeman is no longer on the pool deck she can still be found at University of Minnesota functions, serving as a M Club Hall of Fame President. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Freeman was a member of the swimming and diving team from 1968-72. She served as a Golden Gopher assistant coach for one season before being named head coach in 1973. Freeman was Minnesota's head coach before the women's athletics program began in 1975-76. She coached Terry Ganley (Nieszner), Minnesota's first woman athlete to earn All-America honors. Nieszner earned All-America status in 1973-74 and was Freeman's assistant coach for 27 years. During her career, Freeman led Minnesota to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1999 and 2000 and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. At the Big Ten level, Freeman coached 48 athletes to Big Ten titles in 53 individual events and 23 relay events. Under Freeman's tutelage, five Gophers earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Freeman earned her 200th career victory on January 27, 2001 against Purdue and Illinois and has led the Gophers to an upper-division finish in the Big Ten Conference 19 of 24 seasons. Minnesota teams placed at the NCAA Championships in each of the last 20 years. Minnesota earned top-20 national finishes at the NCAA Championships during seven seasons, highlighted by a 10th-place showing in 1992. Freeman is the only female recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy. She was inducted into the Minnesota Women's Athletics Hall of Fame on October 28, 2000. Freeman coached 58 swimmers to All-America status 203 times. More than 100 swimmers garnered All-Big Ten honors during Freeman’s reign, during which time the Gophers posted winning records in 20 consecutive seasons. With Minnesota’s first-ever Big Ten championship in 1999, Freeman earned her fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year Award. In May of 1999, Freeman was named the recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, awarded by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is the highest of its kind in the United States. It is presented annually to an individual for having contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and healthful recreational activity at schools and colleges. Freeman was the first female to win the award in its 41-year history. In 1995, Freeman was named to Team Speedo, an advisory board for swimming and diving, and is one of only three women serving on the board. She also received an award from the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), recognizing over 15 years of excellence in college coaching and service to the coaching association. Freeman, coached nationally and internationally, was the assistant coach to the women’s USS Junior National Team that won the Quebec Cup in 1992. In 1991, Freeman helped coach the West team to a gold medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival. Freeman was inducted into the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992. She was an assistant coach at the 2003 World University Games, held in South Korea.

72 * Minnesota Swimming & Diving

Dorothy Sheppard Dorothy Lestina Sheppard, a longtime swimming activist, philanthropist and Minnesota women’s swimming and diving supporter, made the largest private contribution to the former women’s athletics department at the University of Minnesota. She established the Dorothy L. Sheppard Athletic Swimming and Diving Scholarship, which funded 15 scholarships for female student-athletes in addition to providing for team training trips, facility projects and regularly hosting the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. In 1987, when the University was seeking to build a new aquatic center on campus, Sheppard gave a gift of $250,000, the only private money obtained for the project. When the facility was dedicated in 1990, Sheppard took to the water in her 1920s wool suit for an inaugural swim. She died on Sept. 26, 1993, her 87th birthday. On Oct. 18, 1997, the University Aquatic Center pool was named the Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool. Sheppard, a charming and energetic woman, stayed active in swimming her entire life. “Swimming is the finest individual sport because you can stick with it,” she said in 1987. “I can swim a half a mile easier than I can walk a couple of blocks.” A St. Paul native and graduate of Central High School, Sheppard attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned an ‘M’ letter sweater by gathering 1,000 points from competing on 10 different athletic teams. She participated in field hockey, soccer, ice hockey, tennis, fencing, tumbling, softball and archery. However, swimming, where she concentrated on the backstroke and freestyle, was her favorite sport. Sheppard was an inaugural inductee to the University of Minnesota Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985, was inducted into the Gopher Aquatics Hall of Fame in 1986, and served on the Women’s Athletics Advisory Council. While at the ‘U’, Sheppard served as president of the Aquatic League in 1927, as a member of the Women’s Athletic Association (W.A.A.) Board from 1926-28, and as captain of the field hockey team. Upon graduating from the College of Education in 1929, Sheppard taught competitive and synchronized swimming from 1929-35 in Two Rivers, Wis. Sheppard resigned her teaching position and moved back to St. Paul. In 1953, under her supervision, an outdoor pool was constructed at her Beechwood home. Ten different construction companies built the 20 x 40 pool by hand with a filtration system designed by the University. Sheppard then taught all the neighborhood children how to swim and was proud of their success aquatically and personally. Sheppard later moved to a condominium (with an indoor swimming pool) along the Mississippi river in St. Paul. From her balcony, Sheppard quickly befriended the riverboat captains on her marine radio; her handle was “Mermaid.” Dorothy had a ship-to-shore radio and followed the river traffic. Below the bluff in Lilydale on the Sunday afternoon of Dorothy’s passing, the Josiah Snelling riverboat stopped in midstream of the Mississippi and gave a rare full-trumpet salute. Captain Bowles announced to passengers, “Dorothy Sheppard was a friend of all riverboat crews.” But even more, she was a friend to all of good faith. Sheppard loved to be around “young people,” particularly the University women’s swimming team. She traveled with the team on its annual training trip and attended several Big Ten meets. Sheppard charmed a national audience at the participants’ banquet of the 1993 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, for which Sheppard was the honorary chair. In a 1983 interview, Sheppard maintained she was “born 50 years too soon” for women’s athletics. Her philosophy of life was simple: “The more you can do for other people, the better. What’s life worth without that?”


2009-10 Minnesota Women's Swimming & Diving Media Guide  

The official media guide for the 2009-10 University of Minnesota women's swimming & diving team.

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