Jordan Gramlich is a junior at Helias Catholic High School. Her passion is swimming.
“When I was six,” my mom made me join a swimming class because she wanted me to be ‘water safe’.”
Four to five weeks into those swim lessons, the teacher of the class recommended Gramlich to the coach of the Jefferson City, Missouri, swim team.
“When I was little, I didn’t really think of swimming as a career,” said Gramlich, “Just as something fun to do.”
She joined the team and for five years she was a part of the Jefferson City swim team. Gramlich learned new techniques, and developed a passion for swimming. This was when she wanted to start making a career out of swimming.
These days Jordan Gramlich’s day consists of getting up at 4:30 A.M., eating her first breakfast, and driving to Columbia for swim practice. She gets out of practice at 6:45 A.M. and makes her way to Helias Catholic. When school ends at 2:50 P.M., it’s back up to Columbia for another swim practice from 4:30 till 7:00 P.M. every weekday. Because of this day-to-day schedule, she has to eat 3,500 calories every day.
As part of the Columbia Swim Club, Gramlich and her team have gone to several competitions. Some of these include the Futures Swimmer National Championships at Purdue University. The swim club placed 2nd in men and women’s swimming. In individuals, the women placed 1st, and the men placed 3rd.
In the spring, Gramlich traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the NCSA Spring National Championships.
This swimming season, Jordan Gramlich is focused on qualifying for the Olympic trials that take place in the summer of 2016.