Becker lives up to “Most Improved” title

first_imgBecker took home two individual titles at the AT&T Winter Nationals meet in December in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. His 100 freestyle time of 42.87 was one of the best in Minnesota history. The sophomore defeated Olympian Tom Shields in the 50-yard event.“I’m just ready to go fast and see what I can do when I fully rest, because I wasn’t even fully rested for that [meet].” Becker said of Winter Nationals. Becker’s unyielding work ethic has paid off for him in competition, and Kremer said that quality, along with his taking to coaching well, plays a large part in his success.“That’s a real trademark of an elite athlete, or really someone who’s great at anything they do,” Kremer said. “That’s true for Bowe. He wants to be better and that’s a quality that’s good for him and great for the team, because that sort of attitude is contagious.”The Triple Dual this weekend against Purdue and Northwestern and the Minnesota Challenge next weekend are the teams’ last conference meets before the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 22.The teams last competed in Denver against Denver and Wyoming and won both dual meets despite tough circumstances on an overnight flight.“Now we’ve got our feet back on the ground, and this is a Big Ten dual with two quality Big Ten teams,” Kremer said. “This will be a nice last opportunity to compete and fine tune. I just want to see us perform well across the board and gain some confidence going into our rest.” Becker lives up to “Most Improved” titleThe sophomore took home five first place finishes as a rookie and is coming off of two recent national wins. Alyssa HodenfieldJanuary 27, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBowe Becker has been a standout swimmer in the sprint department this season, and can’t see himself peaking anytime soon.It’s no surprise that the sophomore was named “Most Improved,” by his teammates last season, and he still says there’s more room for improvement in his second season with the Gophers.“I just always want more. I’m always hungry for more,” Becker said.Becker grabbed five first place finishes as a freshman, but has shifted his focus to new details this year.“I’ve been working a lot on my underwaters,” Becker said. “I’ve noticed that I have probably a better stroke than most people do, and I can swim faster, but in the details I lose some of the speed.”Head coach Kelly Kremer said he discovered Becker while he was in in Las Vegas, Nevada, recruiting another student. Becker said he had not been recruited by any other colleges, but Kremer noticed his talent. “I saw him do a little bit of varied sprinting, and when he went from slow swimming to fast swimming he looked different,” Kremer said. “He looked like an athlete I wanted to get to know.” The Las Vegas native said once he came on his recruiting trip to the University of Minnesota there was no turning back, and that he’s loved Minnesota ever since. last_img read more

Smith fights for education amidst protestors

first_imgTuesdayday afternoon, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees met in a special called meeting to discuss the appointment of Randy Boyd as theinterim President for the University of Tennessee. The recommendation to approve Boyd came as a result of the announced retirement of current UTPresident Joe DiPietro.A familiar face to many was there at the meeting to express his support for Boyd, Noah Smith.  Smith addressed the UT Board of Trustees yesterday to express his support for the appointment of Randy Boyd to be the interim President of the University of Tennessee.  He, however, was met with numerous protestors, harsh comments, and blatant attacks from other students.  Smith tells WLAF, “I was blatantly under attack for what I saw as an opportunity to improve and progress the University of Tennessee System.”Several protestors were escorted from the building and it is reported that one student was arrested. Smith, however, told WLAF, “Nothing will ever stop me from fighting for education and my goal of academic excellence, even in the midst of protestors.”Smith released a statement yesterday evening stating:“It is a shame how extreme some people will go to silence your opinion.  Today, I was cursed at; called a liar, crazy, an idiot; I was yelled at,and I was told that because I am a white male that I have no clue what is going on. This was all because I supported a man who I thought would bestlead the UT System as its next president.  At the UT Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, I delivered a speech in support of  Boyd as the next UTSystem President. This was not because of party politics, but because of Randy’s unrivaled dedication to expanding access to higher education in Tennessee.  Through his work to institute the Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 initiative, Boyd’s qualifications were far met. During my remarks, several extreme left-wing activists tried to silence me and derail my comments. You can call me every name in the book, try and silence me the best way you can, and openly attack me, but I will never stop fighting for education. I will fight to improve education in the midst of adversity every time.  I amexcited to see where the UT System is heading!”Randy Boyd, a former candidate for Governor of Tennessee, was unanimously approved Tuesday to serve as the interim President of the University ofTennessee.Noah Smith, from Jacksboro, is a freshman at the University of Tennessee.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/26/2018-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAH SMITH)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more