Golden Gophers Pick Up Verbal Commitment from Tevyn Waddell

Mitchell, South Dakota native Tevyn Waddell has given her verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota for 2016-17. Waddell is a senior at Mitchell High School and swims for Mitchel Aquatic Club under coach Kyle Margheim. She is a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in both the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

“Minnesota had everything I was looking from the academics to the team to the coaching staff. The environment felt like one I could grow not only as an athlete but as an overall student and person! I want to thank my current coach and my teammates for making this opportunity possible for me! Super excited to be a Golden Gopher!!”

Waddell made two podia at 2015 Summer Junior Nationals in San Antonio; she finished eighth in the 100m back (1:02.57p) and seventh in the 100m fly (1:00.34). A very versatile athlete (she is one of the top pole vaulters in the state of South Dakota, and played softball until she broke her hand at 12), Waddell also has national-level times in the 100-200-1000 free and the 200 back. Her top SCY times over the last two seasons have been:

  • 100 back – 54.07
  • 200 back – 1:58.61
  • 100 fly – 53.96
  • 100 free – 50.68
  • 200 free – 1:49.37
  • 500 free – 4:52.57
  • 1000 free – 9:59.90
  • 200 IM – 2:05.29

Waddell adds strength in areas where Minnesota has lost some of its biggest point-scorers to graduation. Her top time in the 100 fly would have made the B final at 2015 B1G Championships, while her 100 back time, which also would have put her into a B final, would have been the lone scorer for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has beefed up its roster in these events, however, with the addition of Zoe Avestruz, Chantal Nack, Erin Buck, Dani Bergeson, and other members of its enormous, and enormously talented, freshman class.

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5 years ago

I love that you used “podia”.

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