Ackerman commits to the University of Michigan

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Sam Woiteshek, Co-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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Sam Woiteshek, Sports editor

Junior Sam Woiteshek is back and better than ever in his second year on staff, serving as the Blade’s co-sports editor this time around. As a lifelong sports fan, Sam loves following the Michigan Wolverines and the Green Bay Packers, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Grand Haven Buccaneers. In the summers, Sam can often be found out on a golf course, as he is an avid golfer and is on the Bucs golf team. Sam also enjoys duck hunting, fantasy football, and hanging out with family and friends. He is a master of word-searches and most likely can win in a game of chess. He also prides himself on his pizza-eating abilities and his talent of cooking Ramen noodles. Sam is excited to partake in leading the sports team this year, hopefully to the journalism equivalent of a Super Bowl. He is also eager to share some of his sports wisdom with the students of GHHS and will continue to deliver award-winning columns to his readers.

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