Farewell to Conference USA: Swimming and Diving

June 25, 2013



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Swimming and Diving

47 C-USA titles
  • 34 Diving
  • 13 Swimming

37 All-American honors

2 NCAA Champions

Yulia Pakhalina

  • 2002: 3M
  • 2003: 1M, 3M
  • Anastasia Pozdniakova

  • 2009: 1M
  • 2010: 1M
  • Coaching Honors
    • 3 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year Awards: Jane Figueiredo (2003, 2009-10)
    • 12 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year Awards: Jane Figueiredo (2002-2013)
    • 1 C-USA Swimming Coach of the Year Awards: Mark Taylor (2009)

    C-USA Honors
    • 21 C-USA Swimmer of the Week Awards
    • 77 C-USA Diver of the Week Awards

    C-USA Academic
      All-Academic Team
    • Reka Koavcs (2012-13)
    • Ginni van Katwijk (2008)
    • Szintia Szanto (2007)
    • 16 C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medals
    • 179 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll

    1 C-USA Swimmer of the Year 2 C-USA Freshman Swimmer of the Year
    • Reka Kovacs (2010)
    • Jessica Shamburger (2007)
    9 C-USA Freshman Divers of the Year 12 C-USA Divers of the Year

    Yulia Pakhalina

    • Competed in her third Olympic Games in Beijing, China in the summer of 2008 and won two silver medals. Her first medal was in the 3-meter synchronized diving, where she was paired with current Cougar,>Anastasia Pozdniakova. Her second silver was in the 3-meter springboard.
    • Competed in her second Olympic Games in Athens in the summer of 2004 and won the silver medal in synchronized diving. Earned the bronze medal in the 3-meter individual springboard event.
    • Teamed with Vera Ilyina to win the gold medal in 3-meter synchronized diving at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
    • Set a school record in 2003 by winning her fourth and fifth NCAA individual national championships.
    • Won 64 of the 66 collegiate diving events in which she entered as a Cougar with the only losses coming during the finals of the NCAA Championship. • Received the C-USA Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Award in 2004.
    • Never lost on the 3-meter springboard, winning all 32 events during her distinguished career.
    • Collected back-to-back Conference USA championships on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in 2002 and 2003.
    • Won the C-USA platform diving championship in 2002, the only platform event in which she competed at UH.
    • Honored as the Conference USA Diver of the Week 11 times in two seasons, including seven times during the 2002-03 season alone.
    • Won a silver medal during the 3-meter synchronized diving competition at the European Championships in Berlin in August 2002 and captured a gold medal in the 3-meter event.
    • Won a silver medal in synchronized diving at the 2001 FINA World Championships in Japan.

    Anastasia Pozdniakova

    • Competed for Russia in the 30th European Championships in the summer of 2010, taking the sliver medal in the 3-Meter, bronze in the 1-Meter and bronze in the 3-Meter Synchronized competition with fellow Russian Svetlana Filippova.
    • Became just the second diver in program history to be named the NCAA Diver of the Year (2010) after claiming her second-consecutive NCAA title in the 1-Meter and runner-up honors in the 3-Meter.
    • Holds more C-USA Athlete of the Week honors for diving than any other C-USA student-athlete in conference history (19).
    • Her finish in the NCAA Championships 3-Meter and platform events mark the only events she did not win during her senior year (2009-10).
    • Teamed with fellow Cougar diving alumnus>Yulia Pakhalina at the FINA International Swimming Federation Championships to win the bronze in the 3-Meter synchronized diving competition.

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