Five-Time All-BIG EAST
The top diver in Notre Dame history returns for fifth year of collegiate competition in search of an NCAA title ... posted the highest-ever finish for an Irish student-athlete in the NCAA Championships in 2004, a third-place result in one-meter diving ... ended up just 3.30 points behind national champion Allison Brennan of South Carolina and was named an All-American ... tabbed honorable mention All-America off the one-meter board in 2003 for a ninth-place finish ... three-time conference champ was named BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Diver in 2003 and '04 ... five-time all-conference selection won league title in '03 in one-meter action before sweeping both springboard competitions by more than 40 points in '04 ... also was BIG EAST runner-up in one-meter diving in '02 and three-meter in '03 ... became first Irish diver ever to capture a title at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, beating the field off the one-meter board in 2004 ... was undefeated in three-meter action and had been beaten just once off the lower board heading into the zone meet in '04 ... holds four of Notre Dame's six diving records: six-dive, one-meter dual (322.64); six-dive, one-meter championship (331.58); 11-dive, three-meter dual (586.43); and six-dive, platform championship (336.60) ... boasts all of the top 10 championship one-meter scores since the six-dive format was adopted ... boasts four of the top six scores in one-meter dual action ... has accounted for five of the top eight performances in dual-meet competition off the three-meter board, but is still looking to break Heather Mattingly's record of 351.15 ... took 20th ('03) and 28th ('04) at the NCAAs in three-meter action ... holds Rolfs Aquatic Center records for dual-meet, one-meter action (322.64); six-dive, championship-meet one-meter competition (315.25); and three-meter dual-meet action (333.82) ... brings greater intensity to the board this season ... challenge will be to dominate on both boards ... also will face stiffer competition in NCAAs, as the 2004 field was without some top divers who took off the collegiate season to train for the Olympics ... could improve the degree of difficulty in her program ... powerful and has ability to perform beautiful dives ... consistent, precise, and clean in the air ... sometimes arches during entry ... qualified for 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials but could not compete due to injury ... graduated in May 2004 with a degree in mechanical engineering and is now pursuing a master's degree in chemical engineering ... three-time monogram winner.
AS A SENIOR: Turned in the most impressive season ever for a Notre Dame diver, which was capped off by a third-place finish off the one-meter board at the NCAA Championships ... posted score of 303.90 points to finish just 3.30 points behind national champion Allison Brennan of South Carolina, while being named an All-American ... swept springboard events at the conference meet, winning both by more than 40 points en route to being named the BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Diver for the second year in a row ... became the first Irish diver ever to finish first in an event at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, defeating the field off the lower board to punch her ticket to a second consecutive NCAA meet ... became the first diver ever to be named Notre Dame's team MVP ... was beaten just one time prior to the NCAA zone meet ... through the Texas A&M Invitational, Notre Dame Invitational, Michigan Invitational, BIG EAST Championships, and dual-meet competition against 11 schools, was undefeated in three-meter action and lost just once off the lower board ... her lone non-victory was a runner-up finish at the Michigan Invitational with a score of 295.20 that was 8.10 points behind Wolverine Tealin Keleman ... gained revenge over her three times, winning in a dual meet at Notre Dame by 38.63 points (302.63-264.00) and then by 28.95 points (564.30-535.35) in the NCAA zone meet, and finally by 50.50 (290.40-239.90) in prelims at the NCAAs ... for the season only three divers finished ahead of her in one-meter competition: Keleman, Brennan, and NCAA runner-up Lane Bassham of Alabama ... of those three only Brennan is back in 2004-05 ... headed into the zone meet perfect off the three-meter board, but then finished sixth in that meet and 28th at the NCAA Championships ... set Rolfs Aquatic Center and meet records for six-dive, one-meter competition in a championship meet with a first-place score of 315.25 in the Notre Dame Invitational ... contributed 40 points in helping Notre Dame to its eighth consecutive BIG EAST championship ... posted scores of 509.05 off the three-meter board and 297.95 in one-meter action to top runner-up Emily Spychala of Miami by 49.25 and 41.80 points, respectively ... earned all-BIG EAST honors in both events ... season-best score in one-meter dual-meet action was 315.82 against Pittsburgh, while her three-meter tally of 335.85 at the Michigan Invitational was the second-highest six-dive score in Irish history ... season-high in three-meter championship action was 516.60 at the Notre Dame Invitational
AS A JUNIOR: Earned honorable mention All-America honors on the one-meter diving board after placing ninth at the 2003 NCAA Championships ... finished 20th in the three-meter event with 461.95 points ... joined Heather Mattingly as the only Irish divers to earn All-America status for the Irish ... became the first Irish diver to be named BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Diver after taking the title on the one-meter board and finishing second in three-meter competition ... also finished second in 10-meter platform diving at BIG EAST meet with school-record score of 336.60 ... broke the stranglehold that University of Miami divers had on the conference championships by winning the one-meter event with 309.20 points, setting a BIG EAST Championships record for six-dive one-meter action ... placed third in the one-meter event at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships ... was seventh on the three-meter board ... in Illinois Invitational, set Notre Dame records in both one- (331.58), and three-meter (586.43) action in a championship-style meet ... broke six-dive one-meter record for dual-meet action against Michigan (322.64) ... finished first on both boards against Wolverines ... was first in both events against Pittsburgh... won the one-meter event at the Notre Dame Invitational ... was second at the Minnesota Invite in the one-meter competition ... also finished first in the one-meter versus Michigan State and Purdue.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Narrowly missed qualifying for the 2002 NCAA Championships after placing sixth in the one-meter event and 13th in the three-meter at the 2002 NCAA Zone Diving Championships ... was second at the BIG EAST meet on the one-meter board with 293.50 points, earning all-BIG EAST honors ... finished fourth in three-meter diving with 507.50 points, just missing all-conference honors ... won her first competition back from injury, taking first in the one-meter vs. Pittsburgh ... was first against Purdue on the one-meter board with 287.70 points ... won the one-meter again at the Minnesota Invitational and the Notre Dame Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in two events as a freshman before suffering season-ending back injury ... was second to Heather Mattingly on both one- and three-meter events at Notre Dame Invitational ... was seventh on one-meter board and eighth on three-meter at Indiana Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned four letters in both swimming and diving at Bloomingdale High School ... three-time diving All-American ... qualified for U.S. nationals three times ... qualified for the junior outdoor nationals after just one year of diving ... placed second at the 1999 Senior Zone Championships ... four time all-conference, all-city and all-state selection in diving ... two time all-conference and all-city selection in swimming ... was nationally ranked in diving as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... two-time conference champion in both swimming and diving ... set two Bloomingdale school records in diving as well as one Seminole High School record ... four-time diving team MVP and two-time swimming team MVP ... three-year team captain ... participated in National Honor Society, Senior and Junior Councils, and Key Club (vice president) ... uncle David Conners played hockey at Fairfield ... born Aug. 19, 1981, in Ware, Mass. ... named BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 2004 ... named to Dean's List in fall 2003 ... graduated from the College of Engineering in May 2004 with a degree in mechanical engineering ... currently pursuing a master's degree in chemical engineering.