Former GJHS swimmer Gretta Simpson going into Colorado Mines Hall of Fame
Gretta Simpson Fosha loved the discipline it took to become a successful swimmer.
That dedication got her a college education and more.
The 2000 Grand Junction High School graduate will be inducted into the 2012 Colorado School of Mines Athletics Hall of Fame at a special ceremony on Aug. 31. Also in the class is women’s basketball player Ashley (Gronewoller) Iverson, cross country runner Larry McDaris and the 1966-67 wrestling team.
“It did surprise me,” Fosha said. “They were sending correspondence to me at a different address. My brother noticed, called and asked if I knew about it.”
Fosha was a three-time All-American, earning a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 2003, 13th in the 100 freestyle and 16th in the 100 butterfly in 2004.
She was a four-time state qualifier and 100-yard butterfly state champion at Grand Junction.
“Swimming definitely took a lot of dedication,” Fosha said. “My parents were always so supportive of what I wanted to do. I always wanted to be at optional practice. Swimming was a great discipline-builder for me.”
She set eight school records in her four years at Mines and still holds five (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly).
“The program has gone through ups and downs,” Fosha said. “There was good scholarship funding available when I was there. The program went through a lull for a while, but it’s building back up.”
She lettered one year in track and field and two years in cross country.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere at Mines,” Fosha said. “My teammates were great people. They focused on school and being successful in life. The friendships is what defines you.
“Mines has never been known as a swimming school, but it’s where I wanted to go for school.”
Fosha graduated in 2004 with a degree in environmental engineering.
After graduation, she started competing in triathlons. She’s backed off triathlons since she married former Mines baseball player Justin Fosha and had two children, but she continues to run.
Fosha lives with her husband and their two children, Peyton, 4, and Chase, 1, on Drowsy Water Ranch near Granby.
Her parents live in Grand Junction.