With a little faith and trust in each other, Notre Dame's senior divers have learned the lessons of leadership the past two years.
July's news and notes on the Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team
Notre Dame freshman earns one of eight available spots from Zone C
Notre Dame looks to add qualifiers to NCAA Championship later this month
Notre Dame scores 78 total points in first trip to new conference meet
Notre Dame Swimming hosted the Dennis Stark Relays on October 12th at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
AS A SENIORFinished his career with the Irish as a successful diver... had 3 top-10 places in the Hawkeye Invitational… fourth in 1-meter diving finals (332.10)... fifth in 3-meter finals (344.15)... eighth in platform finals (250.85)... competed in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at nearly every meet… placed second in 3-Meter against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh (335.85)... had 2 top-5 finishes against Michigan State… placed third in 1-meter diving (213.69) and fourth in 3-meter (341.18) against Cleveland State… at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finished as 21st in 1-meter (279.40), 17th in 3-meter (327.40) and 24th in platform (215.90)... went on to compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the NCAA Zone C Diving Championship… placed 13th in 1-meter final (626.55) and 16th in 3-meter finals (625.60)... earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Continued successful streak with the Irish, setting career records in 3-meter (6) and Platform diving ... earned 287.25 score in 1-meter (6) and 348.53 in 3-meter (6) events against Purdue, good for eighth and fourth place, respectively ... versus Michigan State and Virginia, claimed first in 3-meter (6) event (375.60) ... against Wisconsin, came in third in 1-meter (6) with 312.29 score and placed second in 3-meter (6) event with 367.20 mark ... at Hawkeye Invitational, finished fifth in 1-meter (6) with 318.55 score and was second in 3-meter (6) event (363.25) ... versus Northwestern and Michigan, logged a fifth-place finish in 1-meter (6) event (267.75) and finished fourth in 3-meter (6) competition (301.55) ... in final home meet of the season, came in second against Cleveland State in 1-meter (6) with a 312.00 mark and claimed fourth in 3-meter (6) competition (335.03) ... at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finished 13th in 1-meter (11) with 334.55 mark and as 15th in 3-meter (11) competition with 331.10 score ... set career record in platform diving (11) at conference championship with 252.60 mark, good for 22nd place ... one of six Irish swimmers to earn honorable mention College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American award ... earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Successful sophomore campaign with the Irish diving team over the course of the season ... named co-Diver of the Year at the BIG EAST Championships, diving to a second-place finish off the 3-meter board with a score of 338.20 ... also placed sixth in the platform with a score of 227.70 and fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 300.05 ... earned a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Northwestern Invitational in the 1-meter (287.30) and the 3-meter (293.80) events ... showed flashes of dominance against Louisville, taking gold in the 3-meter (367.06) and runner-up in the 1-meter (295.42) dives ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Immediate contributor to the diving squad his first year, gaining all-BIG EAST honors ... earned the bronze medal at the BIG EAST Championships in the 3-meter dive (311.35) while taking fourth in the 1-meter dive (277.75) ... season-high point totals came in dual meet action against Northwestern, posting scores of 322.50 in the 1-meter dive and 364.43 in the 3-meter dive, placing first in both ... took second in both events in the dual meet against Michigan State ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time All-American ... Ohio's 2010 state champion after placing second in 2009 ... seventh at the state meet in 2008 ... multiple Junior National qualifier while competing with the American Flyers Diving Club ... dove for four years under Marc Cahalane at Solon (Ohio) ... set the 11-dive pool (534.05) and school record at Solon ... also holds pool records at Lakewood and Strongsville ... three-time team MVP ... four-time all-conference, all-city and all-state selection ... two-time Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week ... three time NOC Scholar Athlete Award recipient ... nationally-ranked throughout prep career ... captain of the diving squad at Solon ... plays the guitar, mandolin, and electric violin ... oldest of three children ... son of Kan and John Kreft ... full name is Michael Francis Kreft ... graduated in May as a pre-professional science major.
Kreft's Career Bests
|1-meter (6)||332.10||Northwestern (2012)|
|3-meter (6)||375.60||v. Michigan State, Virginia (2013)|
|Platform (6)||264.60||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|
|1-meter (11)||334.55||ACC Championship (2014)|
|3-meter (11)||331.10||ACC Championship (2014)|
|Platform (11)||252.60||ACC Championship (2014)|