Clarion diving team dominates Division II Championships

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It was an “eagletastic” finish to the season for the Clarion University diving team, as Heath Calhoun, Kristin Day, and Collin Vest all brought home titles at the NCAA Division II Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Calhoun won his first title in the three-meter springboard event, the final dive of his Clarion career.
“We talked about this all year, me and coach Hrovat, about how my favorite event, 3 meter, was the final event at nationals and how it set up for me,” Calhoun said in an interview on clariongoldeneagles.com, “Everything lined up for me just right. Nationals was close to home, my friends and family were here, and I had the meet of my life. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Calhoun finished with 615.95 points, shattering the NCAA D-II record of 581.65 points, held by Christopher White in 2012.
The senior diver finishes his Clarion career as a six time All-American.
He nearly swept both springboard events, but was beat out his teammate Vest by .50 points. Day
Vest finished with 552.40 points for his first collegiate title in his first season at Clarion.
The freshman diver, got off to a fast start, finishing his first season as a two time All-American and a national champion.
Along with Calhoun and Vest’s success, Day put on the performance of a lifetime, taking home both springboard titles.
She took control of the one-meter event with  a score of 497.05, winning by 30.2 points.
Now a six time All-American, the junior diver also took command in the three-meter competition, winning by 52.9 points, finishing with a total of 539.35 points.
Beating the former NCAA D-II record of 519 points set in 2013 by Kali Lentz of Incarnate Word.
“Kristin was really locked in at nationals,” said Clarion head coach Dave Hrovat in an interview on clariongoldeneagles.com, “She has worked very hard to get to where she is today, and we’re so proud of her.”
To go along with their respective titles, Calhoun and Day were also named NCAA Division II male and female Divers of the year.
With all of this success at National Championships this season, this is one of the most successful seasons Hrovat has had at Clarion.
He now has 42 NCAA individual champions and 253 All-Americans.
This season was also the first time since 2002 that four Golden Eagles were crowned champions, when Amanda Earnest won both boards in women’s diving and Shawn Colten won both boards in men’s diving.
“I am truly fortunate to have a team full of great divers with so much pride, character and determination, “Hrovat said “More importantly, they are fun to be around and are all great friends.”
Calhoun, who was also captain this year, offered his gratitude towards his coach. “Among us we talked all week about winning all four events for coach Hrovat,” he said, “He’s done so much for us-he ‘s like our second father-and to win all four for him is a great feeling.”
There are certainly a lot of great feelings around this team, not just for all the accomplishments earned at this year’s national championships, but about its extremely bright future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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