Back/Fly Specialist Erik Gessner Gives Verbal Pledge to Wisconsin

Erik Gessner, who swims for Minnetonka High School and Aquajets Swim Team in Minnesota, has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for 2018-19. He will join Frank Niziolek in the Badgers’ class of 2022.

“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 contributed to Minnetonka’s 2017 MSHSL Boys AA State team title with a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (49.80 in prelims) and a fourth in the 100 fly (49.69 in prelims). He also led off the 200 medley relay (23.14) that went on to break the Minnesota Class AA and All-Time state records. All three of his times were personal bests. In long course season with the Aquajets, Gessner improved his 50/100/200 free, 50/100 back, and 50 fly over the summer.

SCY times:

  • 50 back – 23.14
  • 100 back – 49.80
  • 50 fly – 23.13
  • 100 fly – 49.69

Verbal? I'm excited to trade in my blue for red as I kick some Big 10 butt with the Wisconsin Badgers! I'd like to thank all my coaches and teamates, from M3F, Edina, Aquajets, to my high school team. I wouldnt have gotten where I am today without all of your support. I would also like to thank Nick Tullemans because he asked me to thank him. Most of all I'd like to thank my parents for always believeing in me. Go Badgers! Verbal.

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Great announcement (and pic w your dog) Eric. You are a cool young dude. I’ve never met you or your parents but will be rootn’ for you at Big 10 meets.





He Gets It Done Again

There’s nothing in the rule book that says the dog can’t swim

Air Bud reference gets 10/10 points.

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