Freshman capitalizes on state meet experience


Photo credit: Victoria Treder

Freshman Victoria Treder’s teammates pose for a picture. “I was just really excited to be there,” Treder said. “There were a lot of amazing swimmers from the other teams and from ours, too. It was just a great experience.”

By Michal Ruprecht, Editor-at-Large

Freshman Victoria Treder’s heart thumped quickly as she watched her teammates swim in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle at the Michigan High School Athletic Association girls Division II swimming and diving championships at Holland High School from Nov. 17-18.

Treder has swam for the Grosse Pointe Shores Sharks since she was 8, but this was her first state meet. Although she was an alternate, she supported her teammates in the stands.

“I definitely didn’t think I had it,” Treder said. “I think my coach was really proud of me, but there were other freshman there, too. That was really good, especially for us, because we have a lot to look forward to.”

Even though Treder doesn’t plan to swim in college, she said she will participate in the summer and school teams in the future. She added that she was surprised with the number of swimmers at the meet and hopes to participate next year.

“I think we did improve this year. Just looking at the amount of meets we won last year. That was definitely an improvement and I think we just got closer as a team, overall,” she said. “I just had a great time with the team. It really had me motivated to set my goals higher for next year.”