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Leap of Faith


Diver Luke McDivitt was only interested in universities on the East Coast. But his mom—a proud U alum—encouraged him to visit Utah. “I fell in love almost immediately,” McDivitt says. “The team culture and coaching staff felt right.” And with just two seasons as a Ute, he’s already making a big splash as the 2021 Platform Champion, the Pac-12 Diver of the Year, an NCAA Championship finalist, and the program’s only first-team All American on the 10-meter platform.

He’s been diving since he was 13 years old, but he was a gymnast for nine years before that. “Gymnastics helped me with the most difficult aspect of diving—the mental game,” McDivitt notes. “Getting over the fear of standing 30 feet up and leaping into the air while contorting your body is the hardest part of diving.”

NAME

Luke McDivitt

CLASS

Redshirt junior

HOMETOWN

Lexington, S.C.

MAJOR

Chemical engineering

DIVES IN A PRACTICE

70-90

SIGNATURE MOVE

Back two-and-a-half somersault with a one-and-a-half twist from the 10-meter platform

CONFERENCE IMPACT

The U’s first-ever Pac-12 diving champion on platform and men’s Diver of the Year

NCAA FINISH IN 2021

8th with a score of 345.85—the highest platform finish in U diving history

CARBO-LOAD OF CHOICE

Ruth’s Diner biscuits, followed closely by Sushi Burrito

WHAT HE’S WATCHING

Schitt’s Creek and Arrival with Amy Adams

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