Strong Finish

Swimmer Holly Morren leaves a legacy in the water

Oakland University swimmer Holly Morren in the O'Rena

Star Swimmer

icon of a calendarJune 5, 2018

icon of a pencilBy Emell Derra Adolphus

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Senior Holly Morren’s older brother, Jeremiah, SEHS ’17, had a major influence on her decision to swim at Oakland University. After watching her brother compete in the men’s swimming and diving division as a Golden Grizzly, Morren felt she could make the biggest splash as a student-athlete at OU.

“I asked him so many questions about what OU’s program was about, how the coaches were,” says Morren, an integrative studies major. The siblings were star swimmers on their high school team in Holland, Michigan. “After I watched how the coaches interacted with the team, I got a clear vision.”

Morren is the only woman in Horizon League history to swim the 100 free in under 50 seconds (2016-2017). She is the Horizon League champion in the 50 free (22.58), breaking the school, pool, and league record (2015-2016).

“Oakland has a championship culture,” says swimming and diving head coach Pete Hovland. “The programs have been successful for four decades. Holly’s accomplishments during her time here will be a part of that forever.”

After a strong last season, Morren is ready for whatever comes next after graduation.

“I’d like to get into personal training or maybe coaching,” she says, whatever keeps her close to the sport she does best.

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