Name: Emily Grund
Height: 5' 6"
DOB: 1/23/2000
Hometown: Keller, Texas
High School: Keller High School
College: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Team/Club: North Carolina Diving
Coach(es): Abel Sanchez
Other Career Highlights
  • Four-time Junior Pan American Championships medalist (2015: two silver - 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter; 2013: gold - 3-meter; 2011: silver - 3-meter)
  • 2014 junior national champion on 3-meter
Personal: Emily is the daughter of Jay and Laura Grund...She started diving at age 5 and now trains four hours a day, six days a week...Her favorite dive is 305B, and she uses the same orange towel at every competition...When she's not diving, Emily participates in Navigate Leadership Academy...She also loves penguins and her favorite diver is Greg Louganis...Emily describes herself as funny, kind-hearted and genuine...Emily enjoys watching movies...Her mother (Laura) is a five time USA National Roller Skating Champion and U.S. Olympic Festival Champion...Her father is a retired from the U.S. Secret Service...Emily hopes to be a Speech Pathologist for special needs children...Her special stuffed animal, Pengy, has been with Emily at every dive meet since her first competition when she was five years old. She also has used the same orange towel at every meet since she won her first national title in 2011...She used to participate in competitive gymnastics...Emily has overcome two concussions and patellar tendonitis...She has been named a four time NISCA High School All-American. She was also named 2018 Female Diver of the Year at Keller High School...She competed in her first junior nationals at the age of seven and in her first senior nationals at age 11...Between dives, she listens to music and also chats with friends...Her favorite artists are Billie Eilish and Halsey...For the 2019 season Emily has added a few different activities for dry land training to incorporate more quick response/reflex movements...Emily hopes to qualify for NCAA Championships, senior national finals and possibly make a Grand Prix squad in 2019...Emily likes to have steak and potatoes the night before competition, as well as Subway for lunch the day of competition...Her favorite meals outside of competition are Pizza and Chick-Fil-A...If she could participate in another sport it would be gymnastics because of how similar it is to diving...Her favorite t.v. show is One Tree Hill and her favorite movie is Blades of Glory. Her favorite book is Divergent...If she could meet anyone, it would be Will Ferrell...Her favorite candy is Brach's Conversation Hearts