Roberts Claims Second Big Ten Diver of the Week Award This Season
Nov. 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior Taylor Roberts was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week after winning both of his events at the IU Open Invitational this weekend, the league office announced Nov. 21.
Roberts won the championship finals of both the one-meter and the three-meter at the Hoosiers' meet. Along the way, Roberts beat a pair of 2006 All-Americans in No. 3 Stanford's Dwight Dumais (second team, platform and one-meter) and No. 18 Purdue's Steven Lobue (first team, platform, three-meter and one-meter). Roberts topped both Lobue and Dumais for the championship in the one-meter and Dumais for the championship in the three-meter.
The junior from Aurora, Colo., opened competition in the three-meter with a fourth-place finish in the preliminary round on Nov. 17, turning in a score of 331.05. Roberts then posted a score 330.70 in the semifinals for third, and capped his day by running away with the championship round with a score of 350.25.
The following day, Roberts won the preliminary session of the one-meter with a score of 342.45. He then took second in the semifinals, turning in a score of 348.15. Roberts capped that with a win in the championship final, putting together a score of 331.55 for his second victory of the weekend.
The award was the third of Roberts' career and second this season. He also took the honor on Oct. 31.
"There's a guy that just keeps coming in and working hard every practice, and you're seeing the results in the meets," assistant diving coach Todd Waikel said. "He just refuses to give up every day in practice. He was in today. He didn't need to be here today, but he came in and trained. He's just that type of a kid, so we're just really happy with what he's doing, and we're seeing the results of his efforts in practice in the meets, and that's what we like."
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