Gretchen Hestley
Gretchen Hestley
Year: Senior
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
High School: Solon
Previous College: Villanova
Last College: Free/IM


Ended 2011-12 with the team's second best time of the season in the 200 IM (2:07.63)...Had team's fifth best time of the season in the 100-yard freestyle (52.84), 200 freestyle (1:54.42), and 200 butterfly (2:11.45)...Swam her best time of the season in both the 100 and 200 freestyle at the Horizon League Championships...Finished 14th in the Horizon League Championships in the 200-yard freestyle and 13th in the 100-yard freestyle during the same meet


Another Viking who performed best when it counted the most...placed seventh in the 100 free (51.79), eighth in the 200 IM (2:05.81) and ninth in the 200 free (1.52.78) at the Horizon League Championships...member of 200 free (1:31.63), 800 free (7:27.75), and 400 medley (3:46.77) relays that set school and conference records at the League Championships...swam the 200 IM in 2:16.19 and 2:11.52 during the year before turning in a 2:05.81 at the league meet...swam the 200 free in the 1:56 range twice in late January before touching the wall in 1:52.78 at the year-end meet...third-fastest on the team in 100 and 200 free, as well as 200 IM.


Swam at Villanova during the 2009-10 season...scored points in several relays at the 2010 Big East Championships.


Was a three-time district champion, winning the 50 free in 2007 and the 100 free in 2007 and 2009...placed sixth in the 100 free at the 2009 state championships and placed eighth in 2007...holds Solon High records in the 100 free and 400 free relay...helped high school team win four consecutive district championships, culminating in a sixth place finish at states in MVP as a senior.


Born June 3, 1991 in Rochester, New York...daughter of Murray and Sarah Hestley...has one brother, Nathan...member of the National Honors Society and the honor major.