Hoosier Divers, Coach Headline U.S. World University Games Team
May 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University will have a solid presence at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 8-18. IU diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber will serve as the United States' coach, while rising senior Christina Loukas and Hoosier alumni Cassandra Cardinell and Jesse Rappaport will compete for the U.S. team.
Loukas will participate in the one-meter, three-meter and the synchronized three-meter with Purdue's Amanda Miller. Loukas will be making her second appearance at the World University Games, as she also participated in 2005.
Cardinell will compete in the platform and the synchronized platform with Miami's Heather Bounds. Cardinell will be making her third appearance at the World University Games, as she also competed in the 2003 and 2005 editions. She has medaled twice at the event, taking bronze in the three-meter synchro with fellow Hoosier alumna Sara Hildbrand in 2003 and winning the silver medal in the 10-meter in 2005.
On the men's side, Rappaport will compete in the one-meter and three-meter. Rappaport will be making his first appearance at the World University Games.
Huber is a seven-time U.S. National Coach of the Year, and has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 11 times in his career. His most recent league honor came in 2007 after helping the Hoosier women capture their first Big Ten title since 2003. Huber coached Loukas to wins in all three diving events as she was named Big Ten Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships for the third time in her career.
"I am excited and looking forward to taking three IU divers and competing against some of the best divers in the world," Huber said. "At the past World University Games we also had three IU divers attend, so I know it is going to be a tough meet and also an important competition heading into the Olympic year."
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