Gabe Strickler
Gabe Strickler

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Midland, Mich.

High School:
H.H. Dow High School

Event:
Back/Free

Birthdate:
10/02/1988


Junior Season: Had a pair of second-place finishes in the 50 backstroke (23.27) and 100 backstroke (50.15) at the TYR Invitational (11/22) ... Turned in a 4:46.45 in the 500 free to take second vs. Ball State (12/13) ... Swam a 52.55 in the 100 back to take second vs. Purdue (1/17) ... Also finished second in the 100 back (52.28) and 200 back (1:56.47) vs. Michigan (2/8) ... Posted fastest times of the year in the 100 back (50.08) and 200 back (1:49.91) at the Big Ten Championships (2/27).

Sophomore Season: Academic All-Big Ten honoree...Recorded a pair of second-place finishes against Oakland (1/25) in the 200 IM (1:54.08) and 200 back (1:52.59)...Placed third in the 200 back at Purdue (1/12) with a time of 1:54.78...Part of the winning 200 medley relay team at St. Bonaventure (11/8)...Competed in the 400 medley, 800 free and 400 free relays at the Big Ten Championships.

Freshman Season: Opened season with first-place swim in the 100 back (52.34) and a second-place showing in the 200 back (1:55.87) against Iowa (10/28) ... Placed second in the 100 back and third in the 200 back and 200 free versus Princeton (11/11) ... Won the 200 free with a season-best 1:43.34 and placed third in the 200 back (1:57.43) against Ball State (12/9) ... Placed third in the 100 and 200 back versus Purdue (1/13) ... Swam to a third-place finish in the 100 back (52.73) in season finale against Oakland (1/19) ... Competed in six events, including three relays, at the Big Ten Championships.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Dow for his coach and father, Gary Strickler ... Earned All-America status in 14 events ... Two-time all-state honoree ... Garnered conference MVP honors in 2002 ... Named Dow's Senior Athlete of the Year ... Earned four varsity letters in soccer, claiming team MVP and all-conference accolades ... Also lettered in track in 2006, claiming team MVP honors ... Swam for the Midland Barracudas club team.

Personal: Born Oct. 2, 1988 in Midland, Mich. ... Son of Gary and Amy Strickler ... Brother, Greg, swam at Western Kentucky, and his other brother, Gary, swam and played water polo at Kalamazoo College ... Supply chain management major.