National HS Record Holder Erik Gessner Verbally Commits to Wisconsin

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Wisconsin -Madison has received a verbal commitment from Aquajet Swim Club’s Erik Gessner. Gessner is a senior at Minnetonka High School and a NISCA All-American.

Gessner told Swimming World about his decision,

“I’m thrilled to announce my commitment to swim and study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Right from my first visit Madison just felt like home. The school has it all; top notch academics, incredible team spirit, great traditions, and an amazing coaching staff. I’d like to thank Coach Whitney, Coach Chris, and the rest of the Wisconsin staff, my family, and Coach Kate Lundsten of Aquajets, Coach Dan Berve of Minnetonka Boys Swim and Dive, and Katrina and Ross Gerry for for all their help in this process. Go Badgers!”

Gessner is a sprint backstroker and butterflier. His best times are:

  • 50 Back 23.14
  • 100 Back 49.80
  • 50 Fly 23.13
  • 100 fly 49.69

Since 2016 Gessner has taken a second and a half off his best 100 backstroke time. He has also improved his 100 fly by nearly two seconds. Both of those best times were swum at the Minnesota Boys AA High School state championship last March. Gessner was on fire at that meet, swimming the backstroke leg of the Minnetonka 200 medley relay that set the National High School Record. Those performances marked his third straight year of being named All State. Gessner is also his school’s record holder in the 100 fly.

Gessner will suit up for the Badgers alongside Frank Niziolek next fall.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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