Women's Swimming & Diving / Senior / Orland Park, Ill.
Major: Molecular Engineering
Anna Girlich is a senior diver on the Maroon women's swimming and diving team. At last weekend's NCAA regional, Girlich finished sixth in the one-meter dive (408.10 points) and fifth in the three-meter dive (425.05 points), which helped qualify her for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships.
Head Diving Coach Becky Benson: "Anna is what every Coach looks for in a student-athlete, a blend of graciousness, grit, humor, and intelligence. For 4 years she has been an integral part of UChicago's Swimming & Diving team as a leader, teammate, and points scorer. Last weekend, Anna turned in 2 solid performances at the NCAA Regional Qualifying meet to earn her first trip to the National Championships!"
Teammate Agnes Lo: "Anna is always such an energetic and positive influence on the team, no matter what kind of day she is having. I have so much admiration for her resilience; she never complains when she’s in pain. I don’t know anyone else who could be diving with a torn hip ligament for two years! She cares so much about our team, and anyone would be so incredibly lucky to have such a compassionate, fun, and hard-working teammate like her. I’m so proud of how much she has improved as a diver over the past year under Coach Becky’s guidance, and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes at NCAAs in two weeks!"
Other WAA nominees
Maya De Jonge (Women's Lacrosse)
- Head Coach Kate Robinson: "Maya has been instrumental in our early success during our inaugural season. Currently we are 3-0, and she has showed contributions both on and off the field. Although her statistics may not show it, Maya has been a menace on our ride (full-field press) and has been a calming presence during games to her young teammates. At practice, she is encouraging, positive and a great teammate. She (as well as the other leaders) has been such an important contributor to our young program and our success is a reflection of her consistent hard work."
Isabel Maletich (Women's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Isabel won the triple jump at the Carthage last chance meet with a mark of 11.82 meters that places her No. 10 in the nation. Isabel has been dealing with a bit of a nagging injury - nothing debilitating, it but has prevented her from training and competing at the level she is capable of. She made the decision to triple jump this weekend (she's already in the national meet in the long jump). Isabel took just one jump and on her first attempt, she hit the 11.82 distance that would get her into the NCAAs and Coach McQuality shut her down right away to not further aggravate the groin injury. I feel she was a bit frustrated after the UAAs as she could have been in the mix to win the event there but just couldn’t jump. She really brought a lot of energy and focus into this meet."
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