Clarion’s Sather Named D-II Women’s Diver of the Year; Hrovat Coach of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – One day after Christina Sather won a national championship in the 1m Dive, the Clarion junior diver earned another honor when she was named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II Women’s Diver of the Year.

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In addition, head diving coach Dave Hrovat was named the national women’s coach of the year for the 14th time in his career, making it 25 total Coach of the Year honors (14 women’s awards, 11 men’s awards).

A six-time All-American, Sather won her first career national championship on Friday night when she placed first in the 1m dive. Earlier in the week she placed third in the 3m Dive, giving her the best finishes of her career in the two dives. Last year she placed fourth in the 3m Dive and was the national runner-up in the 1m Dive.

“Christina was totally deserving of this, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way she competed,” Hrovat said. “She was totally locked in.”

Hrovat, who has now coached nearly 300 total All-Americans since coming to Clarion 28 years ago, was last named the Women’s Coach of the Year in 2014. In addition to Sather’s performance, Hrovat also coached sophomore Emma Kehn, the national runner-up in the 3m Dive on Wednesday and an All-America Honorable Mention in the 1m Dive last night.

“I always say these awards are about the athletes and not the coach,” Hrovat said. “To tell you the truth, tonight I was only thinking about Christina getting recognized. I’m certainly happy to accept the award, but it’s really a testament to the effort that Christina and Emma put in this week and all year.”

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