Gator Alums Earn Collegiate Recognition

Gator Alums Earn Collegiate Recognition

In the last two weeks, three Edina Swim Club alums were named “Swimmer of the Week” in their respective athletic conferences.

Noah Lucas, now a senior, earned the honor in the Western Athletic Conference for his sweep of the 50 (20.44), 100 (45.77), and 200 (1:42.20) yard freestyle races in the University of North Dakota’s season opener against St. Cloud State.

Jack Lindell won similar honors the week prior for his performance at the annual Kenyon Relay Meet. He helped the Denison men swim to victory in three of the meet’s sprint relays: the 200 backstroke relay, the 200 butterfly relay, and the 400 IM relay. The meet, and the swimmer-of-the-week honor, are important markers, suggesting that Lindell has lined himself up for another excellent year with Denison.

KT Kustritz won the North Coast Athletic Conference female swimmer of the week award for the spirited racing she delivered in Denison’s dual meet against Eastern Michigan University, a Division I program. Kustritz won the 200 IM in 2:10.05, and posted strong performances in the 100 and 200 breaststroke (1:05.38 and 2:23.45, respectfully). It was a great way to begin her college career!

Send congratulations their way! And keep checking in to see more posts about Edina alumni as the season continues to ramp up!

Curious about where current Gators are headed for college? Check out our growing list of commitments on website for the list.

Top Right Picture of Alumni: Freshman Isaiah Philstrom (left) and Senior Noah Lucas (right) at University of North Dakota.

Gators Sign with College Programs

Edina Gators Will Brenton and JohnThomas Larson have each committed to Division I teams, continuing the Edina Swim Club’s long tradition of sending our senior swimmers to some of the best collegiate programs in the country. Each of the swimmers will sign letters of comittment in early November.

JohnThomas Larson has given a verbal commitment to the Texas Longhorns, where he will contribute to the Longhorn’s depth in the distance freestyle and IM races. His times as they stand now are fast enough that he would have placed in the top five spots of four different events in 2016’s Big 12 Championships, and with another year’s worth of work, we’re sure he’ll enter his first college season ready to compete with many of the NCAA’s established stars.

Will Brenton has given Arizona State University a verbal commitment. He will train under Bob Bowman, who coached the US Swim Team at Rio this past summer. Brenton will contribute to the Sun Devils’ backstroke squad, which just graduated two of their best, and looks to use his senior year with Edina to prepare for sprinting at the college level.

We are still waiting to hear what other Gators will decide. Keep checking back to follow the developments to come!

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Picture 1: Texas Men's Swimming and Diving Family and Friends.. Welcoming JohnThomas Larson to 2017-2018 team.  Picture 2: Bob Boman(Head Swimming Coach at ASU)  and William Brenton  Picture3 : ESC Alumni all currently swimming at Denision University. Left to Right: Brett Weicht, Jackson Lindell, KT Kustritz, Coach Nicole Hedman, Matt Hedman, and Tiernan Foster Smith. Picture 4: Humphrey Pruett (Kenyon Men's Swim and Dive) and KT Kustritz (Dension Univeristy) at the Kenyon Relays.