Looze Announces Signing of Five Student-Athletes
November 13, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana men's swimming head coach Ray Looze announced that five student-athletes had signed national letters-of-intent to attend Indiana University beginning in the fall of 2004. The five new additions to Looze's program include Ben Hesen (Jeffersonville, Ind./Jeffersonville), Todd Patrick (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette), Alex Brunfeldt (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State), John Kevin Koehler (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) and Nick Walkotten (Grandville, Mich./Jenison).
Included in the class are three two-time NISCA High School All-Americans (Hesen, Koehler and Walkotten) as well as four of the five have won state championships (Hesen, Brunfeldt, Koehler and Walkotten).
"We were very fortunate to get this class," Looze said. "When I did home visits with all these young men, as well as many others in July, I told them that we wanted to get four NCAA-caliber swimmers out of this class and then another five guys that would eventually be able to help us at the Big Ten level. Ben Hesen, Todd Patrick and Nick Walkotten, in particular, can have an immediate impact on the program. Then to get a guy like Alex Brunfeldt, who swam for Coach Barnes when he was with the Lawrence Aquahawks, was just a wonderful surprise. This group of five young men is going to be the foundation piece of our team for years to come. It is definitely going to be competitive with some of the best classes out there, by just sheer raw talent. We have got a backstroker of the future (Hesen), a butterflier of the future (Walkotten), in Patrick, we have an all-around, very versatile swimmer, John Kevin Koehler is one of the top distance swimmers in the country, and I think Brunfeldt will complement him very well. It will go down as one of our better classes."
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Alex Brunfeldt (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State)
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