Seena Greiwe rarely takes a break from athletics.
The Columbus East senior has been a three-sport athlete for the Olympians since her first year of high school.
Greiwe concluded her final season of volleyball by advancing with her team all the way to the semistate, and she will be looking to qualify for the state competition in the discus for the second consecutive year once track season starts. Right now, she is focused on helping her team advance through tonight’s sectional gymnastics meet, hosted by East.
Greiwe is the No. 2 gymnast behind junior Adi Minor, and East coach Nancy Kirshman said Greiwe always has been a strong competitor. Kirshman still recalls the day when Greiwe first joined the team.
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“I can remember the absolute moment when I watched her walk in as a freshman,” Kirshman said. “Standing down here giving her brother a big hug before she came over here to know where she was supposed to go.”
Greiwe has grown from that first-year freshman to a high school upperclassmen who has helped the Olympians to a sixth-place finish in last year’s state meet. She said get to where she is today, out of all three of her sports, gymnastics is the sport that she has had to work at the most. She claims there are more ways to improve in gymnastics, and that is the sport where she has accumulated the most skills.
Greiwe hardly ever gets a break from practicing throughout the year between the three sports. She goes straight into gymnastics when volleyball is over, and there were times in the offseason when Greiwe would participate in volleyball conditioning and gymnastics open workouts in the same day. The only break she received between gymnastics and track are the couple of times she went on vacation during spring break.
Her summers are filled with volleyball and gymnastics workouts, as well, but she said she is not somebody who wants to take a break. She came into high school wanting to be a three-sport athlete and knew the time commitment that would come with it. Balancing her school work along with her sporting events has not been an issue for her either.
“This is what I love to do,” Greiwe said. “I just know that I want to take every moment in and not waste any time. I don’t really want a break from it.”
Greiwe first picked up gymnastics when she was 2 years old and began playing volleyball as a third-grader. She has been participating in track and field since she was in seventh grade had not even thought about making the state meet until she qualified last year. This year’s goal is to make it back to the state and do well enough to medal with a top-nine finish.
“I didn’t even know that was a possibility for me,” Greiwe said. “When I made it through sectional and regional and made it to state, I was blown away.”
Track season is further down the line, though, since Greiwe still has gymnastics business to take care of.
For this year’s gymnastics postseason, Greiwe will be looking to overcome a slight injury in her back. Kirshman said Greiwe’s back has prevented her from executing the big vault they had planned for her, but said she is solid in the other three events. Greiwe is the most confident in the floor, which she says is her favorite and the event at which she is best.
Greiwe plans to study telecommunications at Ball State next fall. She will not be joining the actual gymnastics and volleyball teams for the Cardinals but plans to participate on the club teams for both sports.