Bowen Becker fights through rheumatoid arthritis to thrive with Minnesota

first_img“He likes to see how far he can push his potential,” Louw said. “He’s hungry for success. If I set him a goal time for a meet in a race, he’ll see if he [can] exceed that goal time.”When he isn’t in the pool or studying, Becker likes to watch movies and play video games with his teammates. Senior Jan Hansen and Becker play video games together when they’re not competing or studying.“We’re around each other frequently,” Hansen said. “I’ve been able to hang around [him] … He doesn’t sugarcoat anything … he also is very direct and forward as a friend.”Minnesota will host the men’s Big Ten Championships this weekend at Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center. At last year’s Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Becker finished fourth in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle.Becker said it would be huge if Minnesota did well at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships in March, which Minnesota will host.“We talk about it a lot. We’re excited. It’s something that not many people get to experience,” Becker said. “We’re appreciative of that. It’s going to be exhilarating.” Bowen Becker fights through rheumatoid arthritis to thrive with MinnesotaBecker began swimming when he was about 11 years old after being diagnosed with the condition.Ellen Schmidt, Daily File PhotoJunior Bowen Becker prepares for the Men’s 100 Yard Freestyle during the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center. Erik NelsonFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSince he was about 11 years old,  junior Bowen Becker could only compete in swimming.Becker couldn’t play any other sports because of rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. He said his condition does not make life for him more difficult, except when training for his Division I sport.“It impacts the way I look into athletics and how I work out in the weight room,” Becker said. “I have to be aware of my body more than other people.”Becker finished first in the 100-yard freestyle, completing the race in 43.18 seconds in Minnesota’s most recent meet against Northwestern and Purdue. Becker won the 50-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 19.64 seconds on the second day.Becker was ranked as one of the top 20 recruits in the U.S. for the class of 2015. However, he wasn’t recruited by any Division I program — until one day, when head coach Kelly Kremer visited Becker’s high school, Faith Lutheran School in Las Vegas.“He saw me swimming that day. He said, ‘You have great potential to be a great swimmer. I’ll have my spring coach call you sometime later today. Hopefully, we can talk about a trip,’” Becker said. “It went [uphill] from there.”Kremer could not be reached for comment for this story. Associate head coach Gideon Louw said Becker likes to challenge himself in the pool.last_img read more

International Friendly Preview: Germany vs. Holland (LIVE on Multi-TV)

first_imgGermany face familiar foe, Holland in an International friendly tonight on Multi-TV, in a match that promises to be anything but friendly!With Germany’s coach Joachim Low’s confidence in 4-2-3-1 at an all time high, the coach will undoubtedly be looking to further investigate his contingencies in the wake of the draw with Ukraine.Clearly utilising this round of friendlies to sound out a ‘Plan B’ formation, Joachim Low used Friday’s clash against Ukraine to test an experimental 3-4-2-1 with wing-backs providing the width.Finding themselves down 3-1 at half time, Low has since admitted to scrapping the idea of three centre-backs. He has spoken of interest in using a more traditional 4-4-2 formation versus the Dutch, Miroslav Klose’s fitness permitting, but whether the pair will play from the start is highly debatable, given that the coach confirmed on Monday that Mesut Ozil will be in his first XI.Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marco Reus is likely to get some playing time having rejoined the national side after recovering from a stomach virus, while Dortmund’s Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out for the clash.In the Oranje corner, Gregory van der Wiel has recovered from a groin problem and is expected to take Khalid Boulahrouz’s place at right-back again. Mark van Bommel, Kevin Strootman and Klass-Jan Huntelaar were all rested against Switzerland and are expected to start against the Germans. Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart will miss out through a hamstring problem, while Ibrahim Afellay and Arjen Robben are also notable absentees. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also requested that Van Marwijk rest Robin van Persie for this clash, so the Gunners striker also misses out.MATCH TRIVIA• Germany have met the Netherlands seven times before in total. Of those games, the Germans have won only once, drawing three and losing the remaining three.• Germany have never won at home to the Netherlands.• The match is being played at Hamburg’s home ground, the Imtech Arena, familiar territory for Oranje defender Jeffrey Bruma, who unfortunately misses out due to injury.• Netherlands striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar has scored 21 goals in 20 matches in all competitions this term at Bundesliga side Schalke.• Equally devastating in front of goal, Mario Gomez has 20 goals in 18 appearances for club side Bayern Munich this season.• Germany’s last draw before Friday’s match against Ukraine was versus Poland, which Die Mannschaft responded to by beating Turkey 3-1 away from home in the following game.Germany vs. Holland kicks-off at 7:45pm on Joy Sports and Adom-TV on Multi-TV. Pre-match discussions begin at 7:15pmLeague action resumes at the weekend on Multi-TV. On Saturday, Manchester City face NewCastle United at 2:30pm.Sunday Serie A action sees AS Roma face Lecce at 7:15pmFor highlights of all the above games and Europe’s finest leagues, watch the Football Show on Joy Sports at 7pm every Monday and Frilast_img read more