Diver Emily Grund, Cancer Survivor, to Return to UNC this Fall

UNC senior diver Emily Grund has announced that she is a cancer survivor. Grund also has announced that she will be returning to dive for UNC this fall.

Grund was a three-time USA Diving Junior National Champion as well as an NCAA Qualifier in all three of her first three seasons at UNC.

She was diagnosed with rare cancer, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL), back in September 2021. She received in-patient chemotherapy for 30 days and announced that she was in remission back in October 2021. She then later announced she was cancer-free in March 2022. Now, Grund has officially rang the bell as a cancer survivor.

Grund was a senior this past year at UNC, but she told SwimSwam that she “medically underloaded this year in school as well as took a medical redshirt so I could compete again next year.” This means that in addition to the COVID-19 wavier, Grund has two years of eligibility left. Grund is not sure yet if she plans on using both years, but she plans on competing again next year for UNC.

She also told SwimSwam that although she is not back practicing yet, she will be back soon as she “plan(s) on starting slowly at practice next week, hopefully fully back in the swing of things by June”.

UNC finished 14th at the 2022 Women’s NCAA Championships. The team sent one diver, Aranza Vazquez Montano to NCAAs. Montano was the team’s highest finisher as she finished third in the 1 meter diving event. She also finished ninth in the 3 meter diving event and 11th in the platform diving event.

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Joel Lin
2 years ago

Truly one of the most inspiring stories in the sport in recent years. Simply fantastic.

2 years ago

So happy for her! She is an asset to

new york’s battle leader
2 years ago

W she btfo cancer

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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