Over the years many athletes have come through the Swimming and Diving program at Purdue but none have them have stuck out like Grace Einterz.
“Everyday she comes to practice with great enthusiasm and the willingness to work hard,” said Purdue’s head Women’s Swimming and Diving coach John Klinge.
What most people don’t realize about Grace is that her passion and enthusiasm for swimming flourished at a very young age and it has blossomed ever since. Grace realized that she wanted to go into swimming when she was in the sixth grade. Even though she wasn’t proud to admit to me she wanted to be a swimmer after watching the movie “The Guardian” starring Ashton Kutcher.
“I don’t know what it was but when I watched that movie something kind of went off inside of me, ” said Purdue swimmer Grace Einterz.
A week after watching the movie she decided that she wanted to join the middle school swim team too see if she really wanted to go ahead with being a swimmer. When she first jumped into the water and started practicing she realized that swimming was the sport for her. Being new to the sport however it took time for her to start being competitive at the meets with kids who have been training their whole lives. Luckily she had the support of her father Robert Einterz, who would stay with her after practice to do more work so she could catch up to everyone else.
Even though she did this she didn’t see the fruits of her labor until she reached high school. In high school Grace was a four year letter winner at Zionsville High School and she was a six-time state finalist her upperclassmen seasons. Individually she qualified in the 100 free in each of her upperclassmen campaigns, and she was also a part of the state relays in the 200 free, 400 free, and 200 medley.
With all this success in high school Grace received attention from a few programs in the nation, one of those being Purdue. After Purdue offered Grace she said it was like a childhood dream come true so she immediately jumped at the offer to be a part of the black and gold.
At Purdue Grace has also attained other notable achievements such as earning Academic All- Big Ten in two seasons (2014-2015, 2015-2016), and being a three time almost four time letter winner at the end of this season. At Purdue Grace primarily competes in the freestyle sprints and on occasion the 100 meter butterfly. In the past she has even taken part in the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay, in which she was the anchor leg that brought these teams to numerous victories.
Now that there are only a few weeks and a couple of days left in her swimming career at Purdue, Grace feels like it’s not the end but the beginning. Throughout her swimming career at Purdue, Grace feels like she has also found another passion in her life that she would like to pursue. After she said this I asked if she saw another movie that sparked another hidden interest, to my relief it wasn’t.
Grace replied by saying that after her career at Purdue comes to an end she wants to pursue a career in competitive Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit. She explained to me that she feels like this is her passion because she enjoys the feeling of pushing one’s body to the limit.
“I just always loved working out because it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Einterz.
As Grace looks at it, competitive Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit are very similar to competitive swimming. Her explanation for this comparison was that just like in swimming, competitive weightlifting and CrossFit, always have a challenge for you to try and beat everyday. That challenge which she is refereeing to is the challenge of beating one’s own PR (Personal Record). She explained that the idea of trying to always strive to be better than what you were yesterday, a week ago, or even a month ago is what makes her so infatuated and passionate about these sports.
“The few things I can say about Grace is that she is very dedicated and hard working in every aspect of her life,” said roommate and best friend Allie Davis. “It’s like she is addicted to being successful at what she puts her mind too.”
Everyone I came into contact about Grace has all very similar things to say about her, which is why after her career at Purdue may almost be over, most people believe that she will end up being successful at anything she puts her mind to.