Coach Ableman, McCormack Earn Top ACC Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C -- The Atlantic Coast Conference honored 10 individuals as recipients of the 2013 ACC Swimming & Diving awards Thursday, and head diving coach Randy Ableman and sophomore diver Kara McCormack were among those recognized. The winners were determined by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
After earning All-America honors at the recent NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championship in Indianapolis, McCormack was named ACC Women’s Diver of the Year Thursday. McCormack's selection marks the fifth season in the nine-year history of the award that a University of Miami student-athlete has been chosen for the honor.
After punching her ticket to NCAA's with a top finish in the platform at Zone B qualifying, McCormack scored 284.95 in preliminaries to earn a spot in the finals. McCormack earned All-America honors for the second straight season by totaling 286.20 in the final round of competition.
McCormack captured 17 points during the three-day event, taking a sixth-place finish on the platform and 13th on the 1-meter. A sophomore from Texas, McCormack won the conference title on the platform to qualify for NCAA's, and finished third in the 1-meter and seventh in the 3-meter at the ACC Championship.
Ableman, named Women’s Diving Coach of the Year, led the program to 36 points at the NCAA Championship. Three Hurricanes – Carrie Dragland, Lindsay Lester, and McCormack – garnered All-America honors, more than any other university in the nation. The trio of divers finished in the top eight of all three diving disciplines at the ACC Championships, earning a combined 140 points.
Ableman, who coached the South African diving team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, served on the U.S. coaching staff for the 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2012 (London) Olympic Games. He is a nine-time NCAA Coach of the Year Award winner.
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