CANES BASKETBALL LEGEND AND CURRENT MAYOR OF DANIA BEACH TAMARA JAMES DISCUSSES HER DECISION TO COME TO UM, HER RECORD-SETTING CAREER, HOW HER PRO CAREER LED HER OVERSEAS AND HOW HER BASKETBALL BACKGROUND HAS HELPED HER NAVIGATE HER NEW ROLE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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University of Miami Athletics

Kelci Bryant

position

Diving

Height

5-4

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Chatham, Ill.

High School

Keystone National HS

High School/Prep…
Graduated from Keystone National High School (home school) … Only competed for a high school team during her freshman and sophomore years at Glenwood High School and West Lafayette High School … Participated in Conference, Sectionals and State meets … Registered records in all three diving events in the state championships as a sophomore … Named Team MVP as a freshman and sophomore … Broke state records in all three diving events as a sophomore … Selected to the First Team All-State … Honor Roll member as a junior.

Personal…
Born on January 15, 1989 in Springfield, Illinois … Participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics for the united States in the 3-meter synchronized diving event … Has four other siblings in the form of Katie Beth (26), Kevin (26), Kara (24) and Steve (21) … Daughter of Kathie and Randy Bryant … Majoring in Psychology at UM … Hopes to one day specialize in psychology dealing with sports and/or eating disorders … Sister, Katie Beth, was a two-time All-America diver for the Hurricanes from 2000-02.

Around the Pool with Bryant…
Enjoys sleeping, reading and shopping in her spare time … Says she chose to attend Miami because of the great diving coach (Randy Ableman) and program … Lists her favorite sports moment as winning all four lists at the Olympic Selection Camp, and making her coach of seven years an Olympian too … Superstitions before matches include praying and kissing Woody (her stuffed animal who literally goes everywhere she goes) … Also has a secret hand shake with her coach before each dive … Lists her favorite movie as The Goonies … Favorite actress is Angelina Jolie … Favorite meal is mashed potatoes with butter and cottage cheese.