SPRINGVILLE — Audrey Mulhisen a 2012 Springville-Griffith Institute graduate, is familiar with breaking school records, thanks to her stint as a diver on the S-GI girls swimming and diving team.
As a Lady Griff, Mulhisen broke the S-GI diving records, on the 1-meter board.
She decided to remain a Griffin swimmer after high school, this time as a Canisius Golden Griffin.
Athletes at Canisius College compete in division 1 athletics, as part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
During the Cleveland dual meet, hosted by Cleveland State on Dec. 4, Mulhisen set both the 1-meter and 3-meter school records.
“Training in college is very different than in high school,” she said.
“In high school, sports are considered secondary, but in college, I plan everything around diving. Practice is much harder and more frequent and we do weight room, outside of practice.
“It’s almost like having two separate lives: sports and, then, everything else. It’s great to be on a team, though, because you are with people who share the same passion and work just as hard.”
The athlete was a member of the S-GI swimming and diving team for six years. While in high school, she earned the Most Improved Player Award once and was a four-time team most valuable player.
A diving teammate at Canisius has since broken Mulhisen’s 1-meter record, but the former Springville student still owns the school and pool record, on the 3-meter board. Her score on the 3-meter is the highest score ever recorded at the Koessler Athletic Center, where the Griffins host their home meets.
On Dec. 11, Mulhisen was chosen as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference woman’s diver of the week, for a meet in which she won in both the 1-meter and 3-meter.
“Overall, I would say it was a good first season,” Mulhisen said, about her season, “especially considering how much different the whole college atmosphere is and having to adjust to it. But having the support of a team and a great coach motivates me, to want to keep doing better.”
While in high school, Mulhisen went to the sectional finals five times and made states three times. She was the Erie County Interscholastic Conference champion for four consecutive years.
During her career, she traveled to a number of schools in Section VI and broke pool records, while at locations such as Cleveland Hill and Pioneer high schools.
Mulhisen finished her high school career under the leadership of Coach Karen Reynolds. “Audrey was a quiet girl, but her diving did not reflect any timidity, whatsoever,” Reynolds said, about the athlete.
“Anyone who watches Audrey dive is amazed [with] her gracefulness and talent. Audrey is probably the most critical on herself and [she] strives for perfection, in her dives. This works for her, because she is a mentally strong diver that knows what she wants.
“Hearing that she has broken a record at Canisius signifies that Audrey is still as focused and determined as she was in high school,” Reynolds added.
During the February MAAC championships, Mulhisen finished in fifth place, out of the entire MAAC. She was one of only two freshman to qualify for the “A” finals.
When she signed to dive at Canisius, Mulhisen was joining her sister, Rachael Mulhisen, on the team.
According to Audrey Mulhisen, her sophomore sister has provided comfort for her, during the younger athlete’s freshman year.
“It’s really nice to have my sister there,” Mulhisen said. “Right from the start, I was never worried about anything, because I knew I could just go to her, if I ever needed help. No matter who it is, I think just knowing you have someone to go to is comforting.”
Mulhisen is studying digital media arts at Canisius. She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Ellen Mulhisen.