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Kentridge swimmer Chase Bublitz on college choice, state hopes, and international swimming | Five questions

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Five questions with Kent­ridge senior Chase Bublitz.

Q: Why did you choose Minnesota?

A: Above all else, it just felt right when I went there. Going into the recruiting process, I basically thought I was going to Indiana. But I thought it would be good to just get this one more in. I went there, and I could see them being my family for the next four years. That’s pretty much what they’ll be.

Q: What events are you planning to swim at state?

A: I would say my signature event is the 100 fly. And after seeing Ed (Kim) get so close (to the state record) last year, all I have to drop is six tenths. I feel like I can get that record. I want to get my name on the board. And I am leaning toward the 50 free, going back to my sophomore lineup.

Q: You’re going after your fifth and sixth titles. What happens if you end up swimming against Edward Kim?

A: That’s just one of the things about Ed. He’s just an all-around athlete. I wouldn’t have a problem racing him, but getting the fifth and sixth titles myself is something I want to attain. But racing him challenges me. I just think it would be a fun race to finish off my career. The last couple of years we’ve kind of avoided each other.

Q: Who is Chase Bublitz outside of swimming?

A: That’s kind of an interesting question because around school I’m known as the swimmer. This year I am trying to get more involved. I’m in the leadership program. I just like to have fun. I take what I do seriously. Life is about balance. It’s definitely a balancing act. And also maintaining a social life.

Q: What’s the best place swimming has taken you so far?

A: I’d say the coolest place I’ve gone is probably Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. There is this meet between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Going to an international country for a meet is just interesting. It definitely gave me some skills to warm up on the fly. The best pool is right down at Federal Way. It’s where I get some of my best times. It’s like the Seahawks’ best place to play is at CenturyLink, but they’re able to go on the road and perform. I try to do that a little bit.

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