Last week: Gruber, a senior, won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke at the WPIAL meet, breaking the WPIAL record in each of the events (records she previously set).
Check this out: Gruber and Mars competed at the PIAA Class AA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday as Gruber retained her 100 butterfly title -- her fourth -- on the first day of competition. She also won the 100 backstroke for three consecutive years before this week. She will swim next season at Virginia Tech.
• What's your mindset right now coming off your second-biggest meet of the year and now going into your biggest one? I'm excited that I did so well at WPIALs and I hope to do well at states. Being tapered and rested for this meet makes me really excited and ready to go.
• How did you get started in basically specializing in backstroke and butterfly? When I was little, I was horrible at those strokes. I don't know. I guess my coach from a while back got me doing butterfly a lot and I kind of fell in love with the stroke so I stuck with it.
• What are some of your goals heading into the state meet? The ultimate goal would be to get my best times and for our relay to do well and make it to finals and to just have a good time.
• Do you feel any pressure about having to defend the PIAA title in butterfly? Whenever I get to finals, I do get a little nervous, but I tell myself to just calm down and let everything go.
• What made you settle on Virginia Tech? Whenever I would take my recruiting trips, I just felt like I was happy whenever I was there. I really connected with the team. I love the coaches and love the campus. I'm really excited to go there.
• Your favorite food? My mom's homemade macaroni and cheese.