At a glance
Family: Parents, Scott and Robin; sisters, Hazel and Iris; brother, Jude
Accomplishments: Won the WIAA Division 1 state diving title with a score of 470.65; won the Neenah sectional diving title with a score of 507.85, setting pool and sectional record; won Fox Valley Association diving meet with a score of 481.85; FVA diver of the year.
What’s up next in the pool?
“We don’t do too many off-season meets. We focus on fundamentals and improving technique.”
What are your college plans?
“I am going to dive in college. I just decided to go to the University of South Dakota. It kind of fell into my lap and took off from there.”
What’s the toughest dive to learn?
“The toughest dive is for me to learn was probably the back twister. It took me a couple of times to learn it and now it’s one of my favorite dives. I think that (difficulty) adds to it (being one of my favorites).
What dive do you just love to do?
“I like my reverses. My reverse dive and the reverse one-and-a-half.”
At big meets, 15 to 20 divers are competing. What do you do between dives?
“Most of the time, I’m talking with my teammates. We try to have as much fun as possible. Right before the dive, you have to focus.”
Before you started diving for the Rockets, you and your sister would do synchronized diving during intermission at the sectional meet. Did that help you get used to diving in front of crowds?
“I think so. At that age, anything in front of people is exciting. To have people impressed gave you kind of a big ego, which helps gain confidence.”
At meets like the state meet, do you notice the number of people up in the stands?
“You kind of notice. You search for the people you know. Other than the occasional glance, it’s just the people around you.”
You’ve accumulated a lot of medals while diving for the Rockets. What have you done with them?
“Right now, they’re in a teacup. I’m still trying to decide what to do with them. I’m thinking about putting them on a letter jacket.”
When you don’t have to get up early on Saturday to head to a meet, what’s your favorite thing to do on Friday night?
“I usually finish my homework and watch TV. I like to take a break from the week and settle down. I’m a pretty big fan of ‘Criminal Minds’ and those shows. I also like my comedies.”
Did you watch the diving competition during the Olympics?
“I did. It’s completely amazing to see those people do dives that are that complicated for 8s and 9s is crazy. It’s amazing to watch.”
You help time the swim events at meets. Would you like to be one of the judges scoring a diving competition?
“Yes. I would. To be on the other side would be fun. I’m not for crazy big meets but the occasional small meets. You have to be as objective. It’s complicated. You don’t want to mess up.”
What place that you haven’t been to would you like to visit and why?
“I would definitely go somewhere tropical like Jamaica or Brazil. The culture and the people would be entertaining, plus they have nice beaches.”
The Olympics are coming to Brazil.
“To watch the Olympics would be awesome.”
Tim Foulks, Neenah diving coach: “It’s been a pleasure working with her. She and Hazel are hard workers. It makes my job a lot easier. She’s a driven kid. Just watching her grow and get better has been an accomplishment. She takes instruction really well. She’s a good listener and a good athlete. In the six to seven years, I’ve know Grace, we’ve gone from roughing it to refining it. You have to do the big things. Diving is like a game of inches. If you’re off an inch, you come up short or too far but if she makes the adjustment, she goes in straighter.
(Hertting winning the state title) ” … really finishes my career with her. She knew she wanted it. Beth Dzwierzynski (of Divine Savior Holy Angels) is an awesome diver. She beat Grace last year. Grace was very focused every day of the season. She got the win and she deserved it.”
— Jim Oskola: 920-993-1000, ext. 252, or email@example.com