Several former Otter swimmers participated at the college level this past winter season. Here is an update, thanks to Sherri Money's research.
Mike Hurley (2011), at Division I Indiana, is swimming in the NCAA Championships, March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis. He will be swimming the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Hurley's Hoosiers were second in the Big Ten Conference meet. He placed seventh (1:45.31) in the 200 IM, ninth (53.32) in the 100 breaststroke and tenth (1:56.21) in the 200 breaststroke. His times in the two breaststroke finals were lifetime personal best times.
Jake Fisher (2012) is swimming at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In the prelims at the conference meet Jake was 31st (101.32) in the 100 breaststroke, 45th (48.07) in the 100 freestyle and 52nd (21.99) in the 50 freestyle.
Kara Fisher (2009) completed her college career for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. UND finished seventh at their conference meet. Fisher placed ninth in the 50 freestyle (23.56), thirteenth in the 100 freestyle (51.72) and fifteenth in the 100 backstroke (57.46). Her 50 free and 100 free times were lifetime personal best times. She also had her lifetime personal best time of 56.83 in the prelims of the 100 back. Kara was also a member of the third place 200 freestyle relay team (1:33.04), the fifth place 400 freestyle relay team (3:26.24) and the eighth place 200 medley relay team (1:43.83).
Heidi Busack (2011) is swimming for the University of Minnesota. The Gopher Women won the Big Ten Conference title. Heidi was 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.72), 19th in the 50 freestyle (22.99) and 38th in the 100 freestyle (50.72).
Susie Kitzman (2011) is at Division II Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The MSUM Women finished third in the NSIC Conference meet. Kitzman was 9th in the 100 freestyle (53.62), 13th in the 50 freestyle (24.93) and 14th in the 100 butterfly (1:00.55). She was also on four relay teams, taking third in the 400 medley relay (3:57.30), third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.50), fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.13) and ninth in the 'B' 200 medley relay (1:49.41).
Erik Money (2011) is with St. Olaf College, a Division III School in Northfield, Minnesota. The St. Olaf men won the MIAC Conference title. Erik was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.70), third in the 100 breaststroke (56.99) and thirteenth in the 50 freestyle (21.93). The times in the 50 free and 200 breast are lifetime personal best times. Erik also had his lifetime personal best time in the preliminary round of the 100 breaststroke (56.89).
Kelsey Appert (2010) is at Divisioni III Concordia College in Moorhead. The Cobbers were ninth in the MIAC Women's meet. Appert was a member of the seventh place 400 freestyle relay (3:48.48), the eighth place 200 freestyle relay (1:44.58) and the ninth place 200 medley relay (1:59.41) teams. In the conference prelims, Appert finished 22nd in the 100 backstroke (1:06.61), 30th in the 100 freestyle (59.41) and 37th in the 50 freestyle (27.19).
Greta Nycklemoe (2011) is also at Concordia College but did not swim at the conference meet.
Andrew Sterger (2012) is swimming for Division III Whitewater College in Whitewater, Wisconsin, however, he did not compete at the conference meet.
Several former Otter swimmers have gone on to compete at four year colleges with great success. Thanks to Sherri Money for this update.