Susannah Gruner enters her second season as diving coach for the Saint Michael's men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2017-18.
The 2016-17 school year ended in historic fashion, as Lindsay McNall '17 became the first Saint Michael's swimmer to qualify for an NCAA Championship, ultimately claiming an All-America finish in the 100-yard backstroke and single-handedly lifting the Purple Knights to a 40th-place team showing, the first team finish ever for Saint Michael's at the national meet.
The Purple and Gold women finished the dual season at 5-3, marking their third straight campaign of at least five wins since 2000-01 to 2002-03, while taking seventh at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship with their highest point total in seven years. McNall set a league championship mark in the 200 back (2:00.03) with the third-best time in NE10 history, while Genevieve Gigandet '18 had the highest placement by a Purple Knight diver at the conference meet in seven seasons. Gruner's two divers won 13 events during the winter, with Gigandet claiming 11 herself, pushing her dual-meet winning streak to 14 events before it ended in January.
Seven school records were downed during the season. Despite fielding 11 swimmers and no divers for the majority of the campaign, the Purple Knight men picked up a pair of dual triumphs and outscored a third opponent during swimming events. A balanced group neared its highest NE10 Championship point total over the past seven seasons while setting a pair of school records.
A 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in public communications/community entrepreneurship, Gruner was a four-year diver for the Catamounts, serving as a senior captain in 2012-13. She was honored due to academics by the America East Conference following each of her final three seasons and was UVM's Most Improved Diver after her rookie year.
Among the vast amount of leadership experience she has accrued, Gruner was the pool supervisor/lifeguard at Wiltwyck Country Club in her native Kingston, N.Y., for five years. A teacher's assistant during her undergraduate years, Gruner also worked for minor league baseball's Vermont Lake Monsters for three years, two in community and fan development and one as the assistant director for marketing and promotions, in 2014. At her alma mater, she was the marketing and game day promotions coordinator during the 2013-14 school year. Gruner works locally as a real estate agent.