Men’s swimming: Goettler picks up second A-10 Rookie of the Week honors

 By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10

It hasn’t taken long for freshman swimmer Matt Goettler to adapt to the Bonnies winning ways.

Goettler was recently named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week. The recognition is the result of stellar performances in the 200-yd breaststroke and the 400-yd medley relay in the Bonnies recent meet against Cleveland St.

Despite the recognition, Goettler remains determined to improve and focus on the team’s end of season goals.

“It’s an honor but it doesn’t really say anything until we see at the end of the season. It’s an encouragement, but we have to keep our priorities in focus.”

An interesting fact about Goettler is that he did not start swimming competitively until his freshman year of high school.

“I just wanted something to do to be active,” Goettler said.

He attributes liking the sport and working hard as reasons for such success in a short amount of time.

Goettler looks up to his friends that he swam with in high school, especially his former high school teammate Mark Newell.

“He really encouraged me to swim harder and train harder,” said Goettler. “Olympians like Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau are also always great to look up to.”

For the remainder of the season, Goettler will continue to work towards his goal of placing in his two main events (100 and 200-yd breaststroke) and contributing to the team the best that he can.


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