Otter swimmer signs with UNDPublished 11:56am Friday, April 4, 2014
After a stellar senior season that saw a first place finish in 100 freestyle, second place in the 200 freestyle, All-American consideration time, a second place finish as a member of the 200 medley relay team and a third place team finish, Fergus Falls swimmer Cal Mouritsen has signed to swim for the University of North Dakota.
Mouritsen has been an integral part of the Otter boys swim team since his freshmen year when Fergus Falls claimed the Class A state title. Mouritsen would continue to help the Otters throughout his sophomore and junior seasons, receiving All-state honors in 2012-13 season, but started to standout in the pool the summer after his junior season as he won the 100 freestyle and took second in the 50 freestyle at the Central Zones Championships. The times were Triple AAA caliber, allowing the swimmer to compete a future meets.
“It’s almost doesn’t fee like this day isn’t here,” Mouritsen said. “I was thinking about it before the whole season started and was like what is going to happen? How was it going to feel at the start of the season, middle of the season and then when we went through conference, sections and state? What am I going to do afterwards? I knew no matter where I was going to go or what coaches said I was going to be happy and I am happy with where I am going and really exciting to see what happens.”
Mouritsen will join UND under second year head coach Chris Maiello. Maiello brought strong coaching credentials as an assistant at the U.S. Naval Academy and in his first year at the helm led the UND men’s team to a 7-5 dual meet record.
Mouritsen decided on UND after multiple visits to the Grand Forks campus, meeting the new coaching staff and talking with current UND and former Fergus Falls teammate Jake Fisher. “They had a really good season this past year and it’s a great place to go and it’s not to far away from home,” Mouritsen said.
Fergus Falls head coach Tom Uvaas sang the praises of his former swimmer. “Whatever school he picked he was going to be a gift to that school, not just as a swimmer but as a student and an ambassador of higher education. He is the total package. Whoever coaches him is very,very blessed.”
Mouritsen looks forward to training at the next level and hopes that his talents will make an immediate impact on the UND swim team.