It’s hard to believe that Danielle Griggs is only a sophomore.
Griggs already has a long list of accomplishments and proved to be one of the top swimmers in the state.
The Wall swimmer began her career at the the tender age of 5, and with her long hours in the pool and dedication to the sport of swimming, she has excelled on every level.
“I started at the Asbury Boys & Girls Club and one of my main coaches Stephanie that I worked with brought me to love the sport, and I have been doing it ever since,” Griggs said.
She qualified for the finals at the NJSIAA Individual Championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
“In both of my races it felt great to be able to swim against the fastest swimmers in the state,” she said. “Usually I swim against girls from our area so to be able to swim against people from all over was a nice challenge.”
As a freshman, she placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.18) and tied for sixth in the 100-yard freestyle (52.25). This season, she was the only swimmer from the Shore Conference to advance to a championship heat and shined. She swam a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle (23.70) and 100-yard freestyle (51.21) to place second in each event.
“It was nice to be able to improve my times at the Meet of Champions this year,” Griggs said. “I am always swimming year-round, and we always have difficult practices to help with our stamina. I always make sure that I get plenty of rest the day before my meets, and that I do everything I can to do my best.”
At the Monmouth County Championships, Griggs broke the meet record in the 100-yard freestyle and walked away as the Most Valuable Player. She erased Mary McCue’s record held since 2005 by almost two seconds (51.39). She also won the 50-yard freestyle (24.02), beating top-seeded Hannah Briant of Manasquan (24.70).
“It felt rewarding to be able to break a meet record as sophomore,” Griggs said. “One of my favorite memories of the season was finishing that race, and looking up to see all my best friends cheering me on. The 100-yard freestyle is my favorite event, but I will enjoy any race that my coach puts me in.”
Griggs didn’t let her top-seed status hold her back at the Shore Conference Championships. She was a two-time winner, and proved that the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events belong to her. She matched her time in the 50-yard freestyle (24.02), and swam the 100-yard freestyle in 51.60.