Ackerman commits to the University of Michigan

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Sam Woiteshek, Sports editor

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Fans of the Grand Haven Buccaneers and Michigan Wolverines were equally enthusiastic on Monday, when junior swimmer Kathryn Ackerman verbally committed to the University of Michigan. Ackerman, perhaps Grand Haven’s best swimmer of all time, is specifically joining the swim team for the Wolverines.

Ackerman holds multiple records for Grand Haven and the OK-Red conference and has won the 200-meter individual medley at a state level, setting the MHSAA all-class record in the process. She is the No. 1 swim recruit in the state of Michigan and is ranked No. 15 nationally for the class of 2020.

Ackerman is eager to begin the next stage in her career.

“I chose Michigan because the swim program is incredible and of course it is an amazing school,” Ackerman said.

This past summer, Ackerman competed in the Phillips 66 National Championships, a meet used as one of the determining factors for the U.S. National team. She also trained with fellow potential U.S. Olympians at the team’s facility in Colorado during her sophomore year.

Needless to say, the future is bright for Ackerman.

“I’m super excited about it,” Ackerman said. “I felt very at home and comfortable with the team.”

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