June 3, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. - Arizona divers Josh Anderson and Mary Yarrison will travel to St. Louis, Mo. for the 2004 Olympic Trials, June 7-13. The trials will feature America's best divers competing for 12 spots on the U.S. Olympic Team, which will represent the United States at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
Anderson, a senior, makes his second appearance at the Olympic diving trials where he is qualified in the 10m platform diving event. Anderson contributed to the Wildcat's fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships in Long Island, N.Y. where he finished fourth overall with 515.8 points. At the Pac-10 Championships, Anderson placed second in the one-meter and fourth in both the three-meter and platform diving events.
Yarrison, a sophomore, enters her first Olympic Trials, qualifying for both the 10 meter platform and 10 meter synchronized diving events. Her partner for synchronized diving is Jessica Livingston from the Woodland's Diving Team. Yarrison was named the 2004 co-Pac-10 newcomer diver of the year. She finished 10th in the platform event at the NCAA Championships, contributing to the women's third-place finish. At the Pac-10 Championships, Yarrison finished second in the one-meter dive and third in both the three-meter and platform events.
"I'm very excited to take these divers to the Olympic Trials," Arizona diving coach Michele Mitchell Rocha said. "For Josh, this meet will be the culmination of his career in diving and at Arizona. As for Mary, it is just the beginning of her years as a legitimate Olympic contender."
Two Arizona graduates will also represent their respective countries at the Summer Games in Athens. Claire Febvay, who graduated from the UA this past May, will compete for France this summer, marking her second Olympic Games, as she competed in Australia in 2000. Febvay will return to the University of Arizona next fall for her last year of eligibility.
Angelique Rodriguez, who graduated from UA in 2000, also qualified for the games on the three-meter springboard and will represent Puerto Rico at the Olympics for the second time. Rodriguez currently lives in Coral Springs, Fla.
"Having two divers at the United States Trials and two divers already qualified for Athens says a lot about the strength of our program at Arizona," Rocha said. "Very few schools have four divers with their eyes on Olympic glory."