MONROE – Kelsi Hill has committed to Eastern Michigan’s swim and dive team, becoming the first Union Academy athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent and compete at the Division I level.
Eastern Michigan not only ranks among the Top 40 swim teams, but it’s also the university that her father attended.
“She set a goal this year to set her personal best times and to find a college where she could compete at the next level,” UA coach Jennifer Love said. “Through her drive and determination, she reached both of them.”
Kelsi has qualified for states all four years of high school and advanced to the championship finals every year.
This year, she placed third in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200IM at the 1A/2A state championship. She recorded her personal best at states this year.
She holds all of UA’s records for women’s individual events and has been a part of all the records for women’s relays.
Kelsi, who has been swimming for 11 years, got her start because her older sister swam. Her mother signed her up, too.
“Once I started swimming, I loved the teamwork, physical activity and competition,” she said.
She began at Sting Ray Aquatics and then moved to Swim Mac five years ago. She has competed with the UA team for all four years of high school. Each week involves at least eight practices with two of them before school at 5:30 a.m.
Love said she is proud of how much Hill has grown.
“I wish her the best, but our team is really going to miss her,” Love said. “Her teammates look up to her for her strength and leadership.”