Roberts Named Big Ten Diver of the Week for Third Time This Season
Jan. 16, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior Taylor Roberts has been named the Big Ten Diver of the Week after helping the Hoosiers tie No. 12 Michigan, the league office announced Jan. 16.
The 15th-ranked Hoosiers posted a 150-150 draw with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, Jan. 13. The tie was the first in IU's 84-year program history.
Roberts played no small part in helping Indiana nearly pull off the upset, as he swept the springboard events in his first action since a practice injury forced him to miss the Ohio State meet on Jan. 6.
The Aurora, Colo., native returned to form by scoring 359.32 points to take the one-meter and 377.40 to win the three-meter. Roberts' score on the one-meter was just 3.01 points off his career best in the event, while his score in the three-meter ranks as the ninth-best in IU's storied history.
"I was pleased with Taylor's performance," Indiana diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "I think he's just got a good solid base, so even though he had a concussion and sat out for a week, he was able to perform well at Michigan. He's just got to hit that gainer 3 ½. He's the only guy in the conference doing that dive and he did it nicely. I think he got 6.5, 7 on it at Michigan, so he's really on his way. I think he's right where he wants to be at this point in the season. I'm very, very pleased with his progress."
The award is the third of the season for Roberts, who also claimed the weekly honor on Oct. 31 and Nov. 21. Roberts also earned the distinction as a freshman on Dec. 7, 2004.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, when it will host Missouri at 10 a.m. for the Hoosiers' Senior Day.
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