Farmington, Royal Oak
From the pool to the classroom, Sevald does it all
Published July 31, 2013
Carly Sevald was a freshman at Farmington Hills Mercy when she first climbed the steps up to the diving board in a competition.
The Royal Oak resident had more than a decade of experience in gymnastics, but when she learned that Mercy didn’t field a team, she took to the pool instead.
“It’s similar to gymnastics with doing all the flips. It’s a challenge, and all about body awareness. Doing the tricks and getting that thrill is always something I loved,” the 2009 Mercy graduate said. “It was kind of an easy transition. The only difference is, in gymnastics, you’re always landing on your feet.”
Before graduating from Mercy, Sevald won a state Division 2 diving championship in 2008.
Now, she’s being recognized for her accomplishments at the collegiate level, recently being named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year at Wayne State University.
In her four years of diving at WSU, Sevald was an eight-time All-American and became the second women’s diving national champion in program history, winning the D-2 3-meter competition in 2012.
Outside of the pool, the education major was named to the athletic director’s honor roll five times — which takes a grade point average of 3.5 or above — was twice named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team, and was a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American this year.
Ian Larkin from Detroit Renaissance, who plays on the basketball team, was named the Male Student-Athlete of the Year. The candidates were judged on academic distinction, athletic accomplishments, involvement with the community and university, and they also took in consideration recommendations from coaches.
“It’s definitely an honor. I knew I was accomplished. I was very proud of everything that I had done, but I didn’t realize that the university as a whole had recognized that,” Sevald said. “Knowing that they did recognize our sport and saw what me and our team was doing — took the time to notice — that was definitely something big.”
Sevald has a year of classes left and then student-teaching before graduating, but she noted that this season was the end of her diving career. Up next, she said she’d be coaching diving at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.
“I’m definitely going to miss the competition. Having that thrill and excitement … doing the flips and getting that thrill is always something I loved,” she said.