Gracie Sleeman won first place at conference diving championships on Saturday, November 3rd. It was her third consecutive year winning conference.
Gracie started diving with a country club when she was five years old and joined a club team when she was ten. Now, she trains intensively year round with her club team, the Spartan Diving Club. She won second place at states last year and plans to continue her season this year with the regional and state meets.
As a self-described perfectionist, Gracie enjoys trying to improve her dives. She is drawn the adrenaline and risk-taking of the sport, but also the mental discipline it requires.
Gracie was a captain of the FHNE Swim and Dive team. Her favorite memory was team bonding at cottage weekend. Gracie will miss diving with her FHNE Swim and Dive team, but is excited to dive in college.
After a series of college visits, visiting places from Tennessee to Minnesota, Gracie committed to the University of Arizona on October 31st. She decided on the University of Arizona because she immediately clicked with the team and loved the atmophere of the campus. There, she will be training with Coach Dumais, a five-time All-American diver at Stanford with international coaching experience. She is excited to train at a collegiate level and compete against some of the best divers in the country.
Gracie’s goals include qualifying for an NCAA championship final and ranking in the top three of the PAC 12 conference. She is undecided in what she plans to study, but is interested in broadcast journalism or journalism.