CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island, October 11. WHILE she took a look at a few NCAA Division I colleges, BlueFish’s Brooke Zeiger could not withstand the draw to swim with her sister Blake at Minnesota for a year, and has committed to be a Golden Gopher. That’s a huge get for the Minnesota program, as Zeiger was the top remaining recruit in the board.
Zeiger, who is ranked 12th in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSwimming.com, will provide Minnesota with a similar event slate as former BlueFish swimmer Elizabeth Beisel.
Zeiger’s top times were in long course competition this last year as she had huge time drops to become an elite-status recruit. Most importantly, she proved that she’s consistent as all three times occurred at different meets. She dropped a 2:14.03 in the 200-meter IM at the 2013 Speedo Junior Nationals, had a 2:11.59 in the 200-meter back at the 2013 Arena Grand Prix stop in Charlotte, and for good measure clocked a 4:42.89 in the 400-meter IM at the 2013 U.S. Open. That’s consistent performance. She also checked in with a 1:02.98 in the 100-meter back at the U.S. Open as well.
Additionally, Zeiger has a 4:14.73 in the 400-meter IM and a 16:49.20 in the 1500-meter free.
Zeiger also has some strong short course times, albeit that’s not the focus for BlueFish swimmers as they train long course as a priority. She owns a 9:45.19 in the 1000-yard free and a 4:12.77 in the 400-yard IM.
Zeiger joins other top-40 recruits heading to Minnesota as No. 27 Danielle Nack and No. 31 Brooke Lorentzen are early commitments.