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Read about our Girls Swim and Dive seniors!
Parents: Brian and Betsy Carpenter
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Culver's
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Fireball” by Pitbull
Plans for Next Year: Undecided on where I will go to college, but planning to study psychology and swim in college
Favorite Memory: Winning spooky relays freshman year!
Advice for teammates: Don’t take swim too seriously, just have fun and enjoy it while it lasts!
Favorite Bible verse: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Parents: Dave and Holly Diemer
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Tacos or any of the desserts
Pre-Swim Ritual: I usually just shake my limbs a little and squeeze the goggles on my face.
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Lip gloss”
Plans for Next Year: Unsure of where I am going to college, but I hope to major in kinesiology and minor in biomedical engineering.
Special Talent: I can juggle
Favorite Memory: When I got under 30 in my 50 free
Advice for teammates: It is never too late to do something no matter how old you are.
Favorite Bible verse: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:12
Parents: Brent and Nickie Enders
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Pasta
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Hot Wings” from the movie Rio.
Plans for Next Year: Hopefully studying biology somewhere in California.
Favorite Memory: Spooky relays and conference walkouts
Advice for teammates: Don’t swallow the Spring Lake pool water, and enjoy and participate in every little thing you can because it goes by faster than you realize.
Favorite Bible verse: “Perhaps this was the moment for which you were created.” Esther 4:14
Parents: Karl and Rebecca Hoekstra
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Anything with pasta!
Pre-Swim Ritual: Team cheers, getting in “the zone”
Plans for Next Year: Swimming in college, art major
Interesting Fact: I’ve swum every single event offered, even the Olympic ones!
Favorite Memory: Meeting the team for the first time junior year, or JJ and the KEG!
Advice for teammates: Remember you’re racing what you’re racing: the clock, not the person next to you.
Favorite Bible verse: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Parents: Matthew and Susan McGowan
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Baked potato and chili bar
Pre-Dive Ritual: Meet meat and I count “1, 2, 3” 13 times before every back and inward
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Strip that Down” by Liam Payne and/or “Axel F” by Crazy Frog
Plans for Next Year: Going to U of M or MSU to minor in math and Spanish, I am still undecided for my major, hopefully some sort of health science
Favorite Memory: Meeting my best friends, all of sophomore year, and pranking Coach Elena
Advice for teammates: Stick with it, you’ll meet your best friends if you’re lucky. Also, hang out with the team!
Favorite Bible verse: “All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.” Psalm 45:13
Parents: Simon and Stacy Vance
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Any kind of pasta
Pre-Swim Ritual: Laying down and putting my legs up
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and “Kiwi” by Harry Styles
Plans for Next Year: Study occupational therapy and Spanish
Special Talent: I compete in sailing regattas
Favorite Memory: Team sleepover
Advice for teammates: Take every opportunity to get to know someone better no matter if it is a team event, swim practice, or outside of swim!
Favorite Bible verse: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Parents: Todd and Shari VandenBerg
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Fresh Thyme sushi
Pre-Dive Ritual: Meditate and listen to Omar Apollo and Dominick Fike.
Favorite Pump-up Song: “Tamagotchi” by Omar Apollo.
Plans for Next Year: Study biology and Spanish at a college far far away
Special Talent: I can tie a cherry stem with my tongue!
Favorite Memory: Shower conversations
Advice for teammates: If someone invites you out to Taco Bell, go.
Favorite Bible verse: “He will be our peace.” Micah 5:5
Parents: Zack and Lisa VandenBerg
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: pasta, Caesar’s salad and chocolate milk
Pre-Dive Ritual: Eating a meat meet
Favorite Pump-up Song: Crazy Frog
Plans for Next Year: My college plans are undecided as of now but interested in special ed or business.
Favorite Memory: When the dive team had a dance circle in the locker room before a meet blasting Crazy Frog.
Advice for teammates: Have fun! These four years will fly by so fast so enjoy every second. In the end, the times and scores aren’t what you will remember, but it’s the friendships and relationships you have made. Lastly, despite what Megan always used to say, if you smack, it’s ok to cry!
Favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Parents: Aaron and Jo VanderPloeg
Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Pasta and Frostys
Pre-Dive Ritual: MEAT MEET
Favorite Pump-up Song: Crazy Frog
Plans for Next Year: Attend college hopefully on the west coast, plans to major in kinisiology or nutrition.
Special Talent: Being able to forget all my dives for around a week every season
Advice for teammates: Get involved and interact with the people on this team and in other sports or clubs, they could end up being some of your closest people!!!
Favorite Bible verse: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Congrats on making it to your senior night!
This is truly one of the most exciting times of your life! The opportunity to take a fresh step forward and start a new path for yourself couldn’t be more intimidating but also rewarding. Remember to speak once and listen twice, remember to try something new even if it seems like it is out of your element and always remember to be the kindest person in the room. Best of luck on your next adventure — and don’t forget to call or text your parents at least once a week, they will want to see what you are doing!
~ Abbey Wellman Head Coach
Seniors, getting to know you over the past four years has been a huge blessing. I am thankful for the ways that you have lead on this team and been an example to so many. You have listened and led with grace and wisdom and I look forward to seeing the ways that God continues to use you in whatever your plans are next year.
~ Elena Groonenboom Diving Coach