Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mitchell Friedemann
Position: Backstroke
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 193
Year: Senior
Hometown: Allenton, Wis.
High School: Arrowhead HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Finished 13th in the 100m back semifinals at the Olympic Trials...Nine-time All-American in two seasons...National Champion and American record holder in the 200 medley relay...Holds the fourth fastest 100 back time in Arizona school history...Stand out prep career with Arrowhead HS and Schroeder Y in Wisconsin.

2011-12: Won a national title and set an American record with the 200 medley relay team at the NCAA Championships...Also earned All-American honors with his runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay, third-place finish on the 200 free relay and sixth-place finishes in the 100 back and on the 400 free relay...Posted an NCAA "A" cut and the fastest time in the country in the 100 back at the Texas Invite.

2010-11: Swam on three championship final relays for the Wildcats in his first NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn...Helped UA to a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay, swimming the third leg...On Arizona's 400 free relay, Friedemann guided to the Cats to a fifth place result by splitting a 42.6...Swam the lead off backstroke leg on Arizona's 200 medley relay which claimed fourth overall...Individually, he became a first team All-American in the 100 backstroke with a 46.32 in finals and 46.09 in prelims.

High School: Five star recruit out of Arrowhead HS and Schroeder Y club team in Wisconsin...Was featured on the cover of SwimmingWorld Magazine after winning top honors at the YMCA club meet.

Personal: Son of Paul and Jane Friedemann

Major: History/Political Science

Career Ambition: Corporate Lawyer

Spends free time: Boating, playing with dogs

Why Arizona: I came to Arizona because no other school had a team as close and such a strong coaching staff. The University of Arizona for me, really stood out compared to all the other schools. Arizona has everything I need for my education, a team like a family, and coaches that are the best you'll find.

Personal Bests
50 free 19.74
100 free 43.15
100 back 45.86

National Teams
2010 Jr National Team

2012 Olympic Trials

100m Back Semifinals: 13th - 55.25

100m Free Preliminaries: 113th - 51.53

50m Free Preliminaries: 97th - 23.48