Jobe makes final splashPublished 11:14am Thursday, May 10, 2012
Nathan Jobe, a Fergus Falls native and soon-to-be University of Minnesota graduate, wrapped up his career and fulfilled his long-life dream as being a Golden Gopher swimmer a few months ago. He can now smile and look fondly on his training days.
“Swimming is a sport were we train year round I only got a break in April and in August, and each break was about 2 weeks long,” he said. “I trained four to five hours a day, six days a week, morning and afternoon, including dryland, weightlifting and swimming.”
He has retired, but he is proof that hard work in the pool pays off.
“My main goal was to compete at a Division I level and be a contributing member,” said Jobe, who also competed at the University of North Dakota. “I reached my goal of qualifying for Summer Nationals (serves as the selection meet for the USA National Team) last summer, which I participated in a week long competition in California.
“It’s a very long season,” he said of the September to March marathon. “The year went extremely well. I made the Big Ten Championships roster, which I ended up swimming season best times of 20.29 in the 50 freestyle and 44.71 in the 100 freestyle. I was one spot away from making the NCAA roster on relays.”
“In order to accomplish such high goals, it all comes down to motivation. I had to remind myself of my goals each day to be motivated to practice.”
He admitted there were times when he wanted to give up, especially walking to practice at 5:30 a.m. or training on Christmas day in Hawaii, “but, having determination allowed me to reach my goals,” he said.
Jobe, a sports management major, was recognized for his excellence in and outside the pool last month as he received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the U of M Golden Goldys/ Scholar Athlete Banquet at TCF Stadium.
“My career goals are to give back to future NCAA student-athletes and work in event management or championships in college athletics,” he said.
While he had a blast at college, high school was very memorable.
“High school swimming doesn’t really compare to college swimming, especially at a DI level,” he said. “The season is longer, which high school is only three months and college is basically all year round. I will always remember swimming for the Fergus Falls Otters. It was all where my love for the sport began. I have many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime all because I swam for the Otters. Thanks to Coach Tom Uvaas.”