Just keep swimming: Zablocki will continue career at UW-Milwaukee


Abby Lamine, Staff writer

Being on the swim team has been a good way to make fast friends for De Pere swimmer Bri Zablocki.

Next year, she will be making even more when she swims for UW-Milwaukee.

“I do club team year round, not just high school season,” she said. “I’ll probably be friends with those people for the rest of my life.”

Zablocki, who has been swimming since age 6, is a four-year WIAA state meet qualifier and has qualified for the YMCA Nationals every year since eighth grade.

She participates in the 100 and 200 yard freestyles, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and is a member of three relay teams. She even holds seven records in the events she swims in.

Before relays start, Bri and her team chant “fly as one” to encourage everyone to do their best in the water.

When asked why she is on the swim team, Bri simply replied, “It’s been a part of my life for so long, it’s hard to imagine life without it.”

In a press release Bill Rinehart, De Pere High School swimming coach, said, “Bri obviously is a great swimmer, but she is a far better person – confident yet humble, never says a bad thing about anyone, just a super nice person.”

Her oldest sister Kristin got her into swimming and is also her inspiration.

“I started swimming because I wanted to be like my older sister,” Bri said. “I’ve always looked up to her and how she holds herself in the sport.”