April 14, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona State University freshman Riley McCormick was named Pac-10 Men's Diver of the Year and Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and ASU sophomore Elina Eggers was awarded Pac-10 Women's Diving Newcomer of the Year. Their coach Mark Bradshaw has been named Pac-10 Men's Diving Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The awards were voted on by the head diving coaches from around the Conference.
McCormick, a native of Victoria, B.C., won the platform competition at the Pac-10 Diving Championships with a score of 476.8. At the Zone E Championships, McCormick, a member of Canada's national team and a competitor in the 10-meter platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won the 10-meter competition with a score of 905.4, almost 170 points more than his next competitor. At the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, McCormick, who is ranked eighth in the world on the 10-meter, finished in second place with a score of 469.5 and earned All-American honors with his finish.
Sophomore Eggers burst onto the Pac-10 diving scene in 2010 and was the only athlete to place in all three diving competitions at the Pac-10 Diving Championships. She finished in third on the 1-meter (311.10), second on the 3-meter (377.25) and in first in the platform (308.75). The Stockholm, Sweden native and 2008 Beijing Olympic finalist in the 10-meter tower, Eggers dominated at the Zone E Championships, finishing in first on the tower with a score of 612.3. At the NCAA Championships, she finished in fourth on the tower, with a score of 302.4 to garner her first All-American accolades of her career.
Arizona State head coach Mark Bradshaw led the Sun Devils to a stellar season in 2009-10. Three Sun Devil divers, including McCormick, qualified for the NCAA Championships, tying the most divers Bradshaw has coached into the Championships in one season. All three Sun Devils, McCormick, sophomore Constantin Blaha and sophomore Elina Eggers on the women's side all made the finals at the NCAA Championships. McCormick finished as runner-up at the NCAA Championships on platform and became an All-American under Bradshaw's watch as a freshman this season. This is his seventh Pac-10 Men's Diving Coach of the Year honor, more than any coach in Conference history. Additionally, Bradshaw was named Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year in 2004.