Girls swim and dive is looking to be back-to-back State Champions


The East Grand Rapids Girls Swim and Dive team has made a splash so far this season with a 4-0 record.

Most recently on Tuesday, Sep. 7 the team won soundly against Catholic Central and Manistee. 

The pool was out of order due to the chlorine levels for over a week, though, and at the time the team began to feel unwell, and unmotivated. 

“It was hard because the vibe of the team was down since we weren’t able to practice at home, but at least all of our eyebrows and hair were saved,” Lilly Wert ‘23 explained.  The team had to commute to Northview High School for their after-school practices while maintenance was done on the pool. Luckily, the pool has been back commission and the girls are back to normalcy, practicing in their home pool. 

Since the team lost 11 seniors, the team dynamic has been shaken up.

 “We lost a super strong senior class, but I think we’ve shown that we are just as good this year and ready to prove ourselves as a division two team,” Wert said. On top of that, the swim and dive team is now in division two, which means more difficult competitions. With that being said, it’s nothing that this team can’t handle. 

Last year, the divers contributed heavily to the state championship win, placing one, three, and five. The divers this year have has plenty of up-and-coming talent. With the addition of four new divers, the team is stronger than ever and looking forward to a successful season. 

Despite the team being moved into a more challenging division, two, the girls are continuing to work hard all in hopes to be back-to-back state champions.  

 “I’m looking forward to being on a team again and making memories with my teammates! I think the most important thing about this sport is having fun but still putting in the work to achieve your goals,” Maria Colombo ‘24 said, “I’m super excited to see where this season takes us and can’t wait to see the smile we put on Butch and Tyler’s face.”