By Murray Gleffe
Name: Brigitta Neverman
School: Green Bay Preble
Parents: Heidi and Brock Neverman
Activity: Girls’ swimming
Brigitta Neverman, a senior at Green Bay Preble, recently finished her season for the Green Bay United girls’ swimming team.
Neverman placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 200 individual medley (IM) at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 State Meet.
How much did you have to rely on your teammates during relays?
“People are relying on you, so teammates usually swim faster.”
What teammate would you like to be trapped with in an elevator?
“Ella Sieber because she’d find a way to make the situation funny and lighthearted.”
Talk about the success you had as a Green Bay United swimmer.
“I was fortunate to achieve many team and pool records, as well as two state championships my junior year.”
What’s your most embarrassing swimming moment?
“When I chipped my teeth because my hands slipped getting out of the pool.”
Talk about how special your family is and what they’ve meant to your success.
“All three of my siblings swim. We grew up going to practices and sacrificing our family vacations for swimming meets. I can’t imagine where I’d be without them. My older brother, Kaiser, played a huge role in my career because we’re close in age. I’ve looked up to him and saw him getting records and succeeding.”
What’s your favorite memory from your junior season as state champion?
“I finished the 200 IM at state and felt proud of my swim. I got out of the pool and ran into the stands and hugged my crying parents.”
Talk about the mindset going into an invite.
“I loved the screaming parents and looking up into the packed stands. It got me hyped up.”
What’s the greatest piece of advice somebody has told you?
“You need to keep pushing through the hard parts of swimming to succeed. Lots of people drop out of the sport and stop improving because it gets harder to get faster once you get older. You have to work through it and keep a positive outlook.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Swimmer Katie Ledecky because it would be interesting to see her daily routine and the stuff she does.”
What’s one thing your teammates/coaches didn’t know about you?
“There was a two-year period I hated swimming and wanted to quit. I’m glad I didn’t quit because I love the sport.”
If you could listen to any song, what would it be?
“’Anything’ by Quinn XCII.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I’m committed to swim at the University of Minnesota. I hope to study something in the medical field. My brother Kaiser also goes there.”
Fruits or vegetables?
What are your hobbies?
“Boating and doing anything with my family.”
Talk about a volunteer moment that made you smile.
“A few summers ago, I volunteered at a place that takes care of adults with disabilities. I liked playing games and building puzzles with them.”
What one word describes you?
Driving or flying to a vacation?
“Flying. I don’t like long car drives.”
What’s your favorite music genre?
Professional team: Green Bay Packers
Movie: “The Truman Show”
Ice Cream: Chocolate
Sports editor’s note: To read the Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight for Green Bay Preble’s Maggie Nicholson, CLICK HERE.