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University of Miami Athletics

Derek Starks

position

Diver

Height

5-7

Class

Junior

Hometown

Mission Viejo, Calif.

2005-2006: Named All-American in the one meter spring board…earned Men’s ACC Diver of the Year and ACC Most Valuable Diver during his junior year…represented Miami as the only male diver on the team throughout the season…competed in the NCAA Championships in the one meter and three meter diving events registering a score of 354.55 for fourth place in the one meter, while finishing with a score of 291.30 in the three meter…at the NCAA Zone B Championships, came away with the highest scores of the season in the one meter, three meter, and platformdiving events…scored a 594.45 for eighth place in the one meter, took home fourth place in the three meter with a score of 629.30, and posted a third place finish in the platform with a score of 726.40 at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships…at the ACC Championships, posted first place finishes in two out of three diving competitions…finished with a score of 354.45 in the one meter diving and captured a 331.40 finish in the platform event…placed second at the ACC Championships registering a 368.45 in the three meter diving…turned in a second place score at the Ohio State Invitational with a331.95 finish in the platform diving, while taking third place in the one meter diving with a score of 317.50 and fifth in the finals of the three meter diving competition registering a 332.95…captured first place wins in both the one meter diving with a score of 340.35 and three meter diving with a score of 347.55 against FSU.

2004-05:Teams’ top performer on the 1-meter and second performer on the 3 and 10-meter… earned All-American honors on the 10-meter platform and Honorable Mention Honors on the one-meter…posted 2004-05 team and personal best score of 373.45 in the 1-meter at the Orlando All-Star Challenge…placed first at the Matt Gribble Invite on the 1-meter…placed second on the 1-meter at the ACC championships…placed third on 3-meter at the ACC championships…placed second at the ACC on the 10-meter…placed second at the Georgia Tech Invitational on the 10-meter…dove at the NCAA championships in all three events with a fourth place finish on the 10-meter…claimed a silver medal in the 1-meter with a score of 344.97 at the Speedo National Diving Championships.

2003-04: Garnered All-America honors in his first season with the Hurricanes in the 10-meter platform…named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Diver…won the BIG EAST Championship in the 3-meter springboard with a score of 550.85 and the 10-meter platform with a mark of 553.15…tabbed an All-American after finishing fifth in the 10-meter platform with a score of 498.75 at the NCAA Championships…an NCAA Championship qualifier in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard in addition to the 10-meter platform…recorded is highest score in the 1-meter springboard at the BIG EAST Championships, finishing second with a score of 309.75…competed with high-school teammate Beau Sydes in the 3-meter springboard at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.

Prep: Earned All-American honors senior year at Futures High School…served as team captain senior year…placed third in the 1-meter springboard at the 2000 junior world’s championships…won the South Coast league championship junior and senior season…senior year at Futures HS competed in the six-dive 1-meter, 11-dive 1-meter and the 11-dive 3-meter.

Personal: Hobbies include playing the guitar and body boarding…favorite athlete is Lance Armstrong…majoring in business.