Indiana Diving Gets Commitments From Four
Nov. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber announced today that Linus Altman-Kurosaki (New York, New York), Nicole Brehm (Middletown, Ohio), Gabriella Agostino (South Bend, Ind.) and Marissa Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) will join the IU diving program beginning with the 2008-09 season.
Altman-Kurosaki competes with the Morningside Divers in New York and has had success on both the national and international levels. He was crowned the 2005 Speedo National Junior Diving champion in the 1-meter springboard and won the 3-meter springboard title in 2006. In 2005, Altman-Kurosaki competed at the Junior Pan-American games where he finished second in the 1-meter event and fourth in the platform.
At the senior level, Altman-Kurosaki was 21st in the 3-meter prelims at the 2007 Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals and placed 3rd in the 3-meter at the 2006 USA Diving Senior Zone A meet.
"I am really excited about having Linus become a member of the IU diving program next season," Huber said. "He is a former junior national champion with a great deal of junior and senior competition experience. He is strong on all three boards (1M, 3M, and 10M), has a lot of athletic talent, and the potential to become a national champion for the Hoosiers. He was recruited by a number of top programs and I know IU Assistant Diving Coach Todd Waikel worked hard in the recruiting process to help us sign Linus."
Brehm hails from Monroe, Ohio and finished as runner-up in the 1-meter springboard and the 2006 and 2007 Ohio State High School Meet. Competing with the Tri-State Diving Club, Brehm placed third in the 1-meter and 11th in the platform at the 2007 AAU Diving Nationals. She was also a first-place finisher in the 3-meter synchronized event at the 2007 USA Diving Zone B National Preliminary and is a three-time high school All-American.
"Nicole is a strong diver with a lot of athletic talent," Huber said. "She comes from a good program and is already doing some of the more difficult dives that she will need to perform in order to compete for the Hoosiers. I think we were quite lucky in getting her and I know we worked hard, especially Todd Waikel, in the recruiting process to get her to commit to IU. She will be able to contribute to our team effort immediately next season and I look forward to working with her. Like our other incoming recruits, she is not only an outstanding diver, but also a great person and will represent Indiana University and the IU diving program with a lot of class and character."
Agostino earned all-state honors for South Bend St. Joseph's with a third-place finish in the 1-meter springboard at the 2007 IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships. Competing with the Double Dragon Diving Club, Agostino won both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles at the Future Champions Diving Invitational and the National Grassroots Invitational.
"Gabby is a very talented athlete and has been great to work with at my summer camp," Huber said. "We are really fortunate to have someone of her ability and experience level on the team next season. I enjoy coaching her and I am looking forward to being her coach for the next four years. I am not sure Gabby realizes how good she can become and I look forward to helping her reach her greatest potential."
Johnson was the 2006 Arizona 5A Division I state champion at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix. She placed third in 2004 and 2005 and was runner-up in 2007. Over the course of her high school career she won all but three dual meet competitions. As team captain she was an National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Johnson helped lead the Gators to four state titles as well as the NISCA national championship in 2004-05.
Competing with the Sun Devil Divers, Johnson placed fifth on the 3-meter and seventh on the 1-meter at the 2006 AAU Nationals despite a six-month layoff due to shoulder surgery. She was an AAU All-American in 2006 and 2007.
"Marissa is a talented and stylish diver with a good amount of junior level experience," Huber said. "I think she will blossom into a exceptional diver for the Hoosiers and her addition to the team gives us a solid women' team with a great deal of depth next season. She was recruited by a number of top programs and we are fortunate that she decided on IU."
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