Huber Wins USA Diving's Mike Peppe Award
Sept. 30, 2008
ATLANTA - Indiana University head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber was named recipient of the 2008 Mike Peppe Award, USA Diving announced Tuesday at the United States Aquatic Sports Banquet in Atlanta.This is the eighth time in his career that Huber has won the award.
The Mike Peppe Award is presented to the outstanding senior diving coach. Huber previously won the award in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
"I am excited because I believe this is really a diver award, not a coach award, and a reflection of the commitment and dedication the IU divers made this past year," Huber said. "They trained hard and committed to both individual and team goals, in some cases putting the team's needs and goals ahead of their own. Winning the women's, men's, and combined national team championships is a rare achievement that took a team effort. They did everything I asked of them."
Huber was honored after leading Indiana Diving to the men's, women's and combined team titles at the 2008 Kaiser Permanente National Championships. IU senior Christina Loukas (one meter) and alumna Cassandra Cardinell (platform) won national titles, while six others finished in the top six in various events.
In the men's competition, sophomore Landon Marzullo took second on the one meter, fourth on the platform and 10th on the three meter. He also teamed up with recent graduate Taylor Roberts to finish fifth in the synchronized three meter.
"I want to recognize Landon Marzullo's five event, five finals events performance and winning the men's All Around Award. He is an iron man."
Despite having completed his IU career, Roberts continued to train in the hopes of bringing back the team title and contributed to the victory with a third-place finish in the one meter, ninth-place finish in the three meter, and the fifth-place showing in the synchronized three meter with Marzullo.
"I especially want to thank Taylor Roberts who was the men's team's inspiration for wanting to bring back the men's national team championship that we won a decade ago," Huber said.
Competing one last time before retiring from the sport, Cardinell captured the national title in the platform and also finished fifth in the one meter, sixth in the synchronized three meter with Christina Kouklakis, and second in the synchronized platform with Amy Korthauer.
"I also want to thank Cassandra Cardinell for being a team player and, after not making the Olympic team, continuing to train and win a national title in the final event of her career," Huber said. "She truly is a class act and what IU diving is all about."
Alumna Lindsay Weigle came out of a brief retirement to compete in all five events, finishing fourth in the platform, fifth in the synchronized three meter with Korthauer, fifth in the synchronized platform with Nicole Brehm, seventh in the one meter and 12th in the three meter.
"I also want to thank Lindsay Weigle for coming out of her brief retirement to not only dive in all five events but make finals in all five events and win the women's All Around Award," Huber said. Indiana opens the 2008-09 collegiate season on Oct. 18 as it plays host to Kentucky in a dual meet. The Hoosiers boast the defending one-meter and three-meter Big Ten Champions for both men and women in Marzullo and junior Brittney Feldman. Also back is 2007 Big Ten champion Loukas after taking a year off to train for Olympic competition.
USA Diving contributed to this report.
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