Hoosier Divers Look to Build on Spectacular 2001-02 Campaign
September 6, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. -- Under the direction of head coach Dr. Jeff Huber, the 2001-02 Indiana University Men's and Women's Diving season may have been the most successful in the history of the program. From the U.S. Outdoor Nationals to the NCAA Championships, Indiana divers -- past and present -- turned in spectacular performances throughout the year.
"Although we had perhaps our best season ever last year, I have challenged every diver on the team to exceed their personal best performances," said Huber. "As a team, the divers and I believe we are capable of even greater performances and achievements."
This past July, at the 2002 U.S. Outdoor National Championships in Dallas, Indiana won the combined team championship for the ninth consecutive time and the women's team title for the fifth year. In all, Indiana University placed four divers on the national team.
Individually at the 2002 U.S. Outdoor Nationals, several current and former Hoosiers turned in successful performances. Senior-to-be Sara Reiling (Roseville, Minn./Cretin-Durham Hall), the 2002 Indiana University Co-Female Athlete-of-the-Year, captured the women's All-Around Award as she won the synchronized platform event with junior Cassandra Cardinell (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) and finished second on both the 1-Meter and 10-Meter and sixth on the 3-Meter. Recently graduated Erin Quinn finished fifth on 3-Meter and paired with former IU diver, Kimiko Hirai-Soldati, to finish second in 3-Meter synchro. Cardinell finished fifth in the 10-Meter after a second-place finish in the preliminaries. Hirai-Soldati won the 3-Meter and finished ninth on the 10-Meter.
On the men's side at the U.S. Outdoor Nationals, junior Marc Carlton (Webster, N.Y./Webster) turned in an excellent performance as he finished sixth on the 10-Meter and earned a spot on the U.S. National Team for the first time. In addition, senior Adam Hazes (Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill) finished 15th on the 10-Meter. Former IU diver Tom Davidson won the 1-Meter and finished eighth on 3-Meter. Davidson was also the 2001 Indoor National Diving Champion and the 2001 Outdoor National Diving Champion.
At the World Cup Trials in Cleveland this past April, Reiling made the World Cup team on the 1-Meter and 10-Meter and Quinn qualified for the team in 3-Meter synchro.
This past spring, Cardinell, Reiling, and Quinn, all earned All-America honors and combined to score 79 points at the Women's NCAA Championships. Most notably, Reiling set school records on the 1-Meter (3rd with 320.15 points) and 3-Meter (2nd with 581.90 points) and finished eighth on the 10-Meter. At the Men's NCAA Championships, Carlton finished 12th on the 3-Meter, narrowly missing the finals.
At the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, IU divers accounted for 131 points, which did not include platform because it is not a scored event at the conference meet. Reiling won the 1-Meter and 10-Meter and finished second on the 3-Meter by less than one point. She was named the Championship Diver of the Year. In addition, Quinn finished fourth on the 1-Meter and ninth on 3-Meter. Cardinell finished 16th on 1-Meter and seventh on 3-Meter. Senior-to-be Jennifer Sonneborn (Bloomington, Ind./South) finished sixth on 1-Meter and fifth on 3-Meter, senior Crystal Gregory (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) finished eighth on 1-Meter and 10th on 3-Meter, and senior-to-be Mamie Goodson (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) finished 11th on 1-Meter and 3-Meter and seventh on 3-Meter.
At the Men's Big Ten Championships, Carlton narrowly missed winning on several boards but was a finalist in all three events, finishing fifth on the 1-Meter, seventh on 3-Meter, and second on 10-Meter. Hazes was also a finalist on both springboard events, finishing eighth on 1-Meter and fourth on 3-Meter. Alex Burns (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood), who will be a junior this fall, finished 20th on 1-Meter and tenth on 3-Meter.
This past summer, IU divers competed in the Canada Cup (Reiling and Quinn), China Open (Cardinell and Quinn), FINA Grand Prix (Reiling, Quinn, and Cardinell), and the World Cup in Sevilla, Spain.
Indiana divers have also earned a reputation for performing some of the most difficult dives in the world, such as Reiling: 1-Meter (205C, 305C, 5335D), 3-Meter (107C, 205B, 305B, 405B, 5152B, 5353C), 10-Meter (207C, 305B, 6245D); Cardinell: 10-Meter (207C, 407C, 6243D), and Mark Carlton: 1M (205B, 305B, 5152B) 3-Meter (5154B, 5353B), 10M (207B, 5253B, 6142B). Coupled with their execution and degree of difficulty, every IU diver in 2001-02 set personal bests on at least one board.
With tremendous talent throughout the lineup on both the men's and women's side, the recruiting pipeline to the Indiana diving program looks to continue with the addition of Brian Mariano. The Naugatuck, Conn., product was named as the top high school diver in the country this past year and was featured on the 2002 ESPY Awards. In addition, Brian Metzler (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) and Ryan Fagan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Jefferson), both of whom redshirted last year, will compete this fall.
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