Ackerman headed to Michigan

Tribune Staff • Oct 31, 2018 at 12:33 AM

Grand Haven swimming standout Kathryn Ackerman has elected to continue her illustrious career at the University of Michigan after verbally committing to the Wolverines’ class of 2024 this week.

Ackerman has led the Bucs in each of her nearly three seasons on the team, winning a state championship in the 200-yard individual medley as a sophomore, setting the MHSAA All-Class record in the process. She has never finished outside of the top four in an individual event at the Division 1 state finals. She has also claimed multiple O-K Red Conference titles and records, as well as a number of Grand Haven varsity records and countless regular-season event victories.

In addition to her highly decorated high school career, Ackerman has made a splash on the national stage. Over the summer, she qualified for and competed at the Phillips 66 National Championships, the meet used as selection criteria for the US National Team.

Her accolades for Grand Haven and Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics earned her a spot as the No. 1-ranked recruit in Michigan and No. 15 in the class of 2020 nationally.

Ackerman joins Spring Lake’s Cam Peel as swimming commitments to Michigan, who will compete for the Wolverines as part of the class of 2023.

Peel also competes with MLA on the national circuit, qualifying over the summer for the Junior National Championships.

During his time at Spring Lake so far, Peel earned himself a spot in the top-10 fastest finishes in every swimming event, claiming varsity records in two. In his signature event, the 100 freestyle, Peel claimed a Division 3 state championship in his junior season, briefly holding a state record as a result.

His efforts earned him the No. 2 recruiting rank in Michigan.

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