Van Dyke signs to compete at SCSU

Perham/New York Mills' Addie VanDyke signs her National Letter of Intent to dive at St. Cloud State University. She is joined by her parents Keith and Heidi VanDyke during the signing ceremony at New York Mills High School. Submitted photo

For Addie Van Dyke diving came naturally. The 2019 graduate of New York Mills recently signed a National Letter of Intent to dive at St. Cloud State University after one season of competitive diving.

Van Dyke joined diving her senior year of high school because she wanted to try something new since she wasn't playing volleyball that fall.

"I'm not scared to try things and whatever Amanda (Fischer) would tell me to do, I would do the best that I could," Van Dyke said. "I would just try my best."

Van Dyke never thought she would be diving at the collegiate level when she took on diving as a senior. Van Dyke said she thinks it's crazy to think that she would be diving after high school. She said she didn't have any interest from any other school besides St. Cloud State University.

Van Dyke was on a campus visit to get her class schedule and the person giving her a tour was one of the diving coaches. Van Dyke told him that she dove in high school. He told Van Dyke the Huskies had an open spot and would love it if she would try out for them.


"I met with one of their coaches and dove for them for a little bit," Van Dyke said. "They said absolutely, join the team. I thought it was absolutely crazy."

Van Dyke is going to SCSU for radiology technology and then moving onto another institution for intervention radiology. She said it is a rare major. She was already planning on attending SCSU, so diving became a perfect fit for her as well.

Van Dyke said her favorite thing about diving was her high school teammates. She said they are friends that she will keep forever. Another thing she loves about diving is the atmosphere.

"It's so much different than any other sport. I've played softball, I've done volleyball, but diving is a completely different sport. The atmosphere is so different," Van Dyke said. "Just being with your friends in that different atmosphere is so awesome."

Van Dyke said she wants to try her very best to advance towards the NCAA Championships. She said she wants to push herself to do the best dives she can and make her coaches proud. Van Dyke said she is grateful for her family, her diving friends, along with her coach Amanda Fischer. She said she is grateful for Fischer and her daughter, Dena, for pushing her to try diving, despite her not having a gymnast background.

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