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BU Diver Makes a Splash

Senior Tess Waresmith aims for NCAAs


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Click on the video above to watch Tess Waresmith dive during a practice session at the Fitness and Recreation Center.

Tess Waresmith’s childhood dream was to become an Olympic gymnast. But when injuries began taking a toll, her mother, an alternate on the 1968 U.S. Olympic diving team, encouraged her daughter to pursue her old sport.

“At first, I didn’t like it,” says Waresmith (SMG’09). “But I had some success early on, and then I fell in love.”

This season Waresmith, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team, is undefeated in her one-meter and three-meter events, and she has helped lead the team to a 5-1 record. Waresmith and Andre Watson (CAS’09), a member of the 5-0 men’s team, were named 2008 America East Divers of the Year and have each earned America East Diver of the Week honors so far this season.

Last year Waresmith was the first Boston University diver since 1982 to qualify for the NCAA diving championship, and her goal is to make it again this year. “The NCAA tournament includes the top 40 Division I divers from all over the country,” she says. “It’s an honor to compete in a meet like that.”

“Tess’ love of diving has led to phenomenal results,” says Bill Smyth, head swimming and diving coach and aquatics director. “The entire team thinks a great deal of her, so much so that her teammates elected her a tricaptain for the 2008–2009 season.”

The Terrier swimming and diving program will host the BU Invitational Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23, at the Fitness and Recreation Center. BU will compete against Boston College, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Yale University. Morning sessions begin at 10 a.m. and evening sessions begin at 6 p.m., except for Sunday’s evening session, which begins at 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.


2 Comments on BU Diver Makes a Splash

  • Anonymous on 11.20.2008 at 1:51 pm

    Tess, you go girl. You’re great!

  • steve Garfield on 11.22.2008 at 11:27 am

    Nice story

    I enjoyed watching this. Nicely done.

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