Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
W.P. Wagner School
Competed for his home country of Canada in several events at the FINA World Championships in Rome over the summer of 2009 … Earned a 10th place finish with partner Riley McCormick on the 10-meter synchronized platform … Picked up three finals appearances at the FINA World Championships, including a bronze medal with partner Alexandre Despatie on the 3-meter synchro springboard … Named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year … Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team … Tabbed the ACC Male Diver of the Year … Ross earned his second consecutive ACC Diver of the Year honor after posting three All-America finishes at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas … The Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) native was a unanimous selection after he finished third on the platform as well as seventh on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards … Claimed a score of 379.80 in the NCAA finals of the 1-meter springboard … Earned a score of 400.60 on the 3-meter board … At the 2009 ACC Championships, Ross earned first place on both the 1m and 3m boards, as well as a runner-up finish on the platform … The Hurricane diver earns Miami’s fourth Diver of the Year accolade in the fifth year of the award … The 2008 Summer Olympian–diving for Canada, finished his storied 2008-09 season as the Most Outstanding Diver on the men’s side of this year’s ACC Swimming & Diving Championships … He left this year’s platform championships as just the fifth diver in Miami’s storied history of men’s diving to earn All-American honors in all three diving events (1-meter, 3-meter and platform) at the NCAA Championships … Only Miguel Velazquez (2004), Tyce Routson (1996, ’97, 2000), Chris Mantilla (1996, ’97, ’98) and Bryan Gillooly (1996, ’97) had accomplished that task before … He earned his highest finish on the platform (third) at the NCAA’s in his career, collecting a finals score of 452.75 … Earned four first place finishes on the year in the 1-m and 3-m events combined … Registered his highest score of the year on the 1-m board at the ACC Championships, posting a score of 453.10 … Finished second on the platform at both the Georgia Tech Invite (400.30) and Ohio State Invite (383.90) … Had a second place finish on the platform at the ACC Championships with a score of 431.30 … Claimed a first place finish at the Georgia Tech Diving Invite on the 3-meter board with a total score of 433.00 … Helped UM to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships with 40 points scored … Also helped the UM men’s diving team to be recognized as having posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports … Those teams recognized during the 2008-09 year had an APR score of between 976 and a perfect 1000.
Established himself among the great names in Miami history by collecting a national title in the 3-meter springboard … Joined the long list of All-Americans as Hurricane divers … Became the first male diving national champion for the Hurricanes since 2002 (Imre Lengyel) in the 10-meter platform … All-American and All-ACC performer in back-to-back years at UM … First 3-meter springboard UM national title holder since Bryan Gillooly in 1998 … Collected a score of 466.80 in the NCAA Finals of the 3-meter springboard to collect the title … Had just a 359.25 score after the first round of action … Also collected a first place finish at the Ohio State Invitational (431.85) … Again, bounced back strong in the finals at OSU after a preliminary round score of 341.90 … Had a regular-season best mark of 441.30 at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … In 1-meter action, Ross placed first, second and third, respectively, in three events throughout the campaign … Enjoyed a first place finish at the Georgia Tech Fall Invite in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 425.90 (career-best) … Placed second in a tri-match with Florida State and Florida A&M with a score of 347.20 … Participated in just four platform diving events on the year–one being a first place finish at the GT Fall Invite (377.45) … Finished fourth at the NCAA Championships with a total score of 445.50 … Ended second at the NCAA Zone “B” Championships with a career-best score of 796.70 for the weekend event.
Collected numerous accolades during his freshman campaign … Earned an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship title in the three-meter diving event with a score of 439.15 … Also earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish in the one-meter springboard with a score of 315.15 and a fourth-place finish in the men’s 10-meter platform with a score of 369.15 at the 2007 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships … Prior to the NCAA Championships, Ross finished second in both the 10-meter platform and the three-meter platform at the Zone B Diving Championships … Was also named to the 2006-07 ACC Academic Honor Roll and the 2006-07 All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Team.
Competed in the Age Group Nationals in 2004 and the Canadian Olympic trials … Placed second on the one meter and finished third on the three meter at the Age Group Nationals … At the Olympic trials, turned in a fourth-place finish in the three meter diving event … In 2003, competed in the Senior Nationals as well as the Age Group Nationals … Scored a 426 on the three meter at the 2005 World Championship trials.
Full name is Reuben Daniel Ross … Majoring in Civil Engineering at UM … Son of Nat and Mary Ross … Born in his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada … Has four siblings in Timothy, Elliott, Azelia and Madeline … Chose to attend UM because of the excellent balance of good athletes and good academics.
Around the Pool with Ross
Lists a hobby as working with wood and reading … Says his first impression of Miami was that it was completely different from anything he was used to … Lists his favorite sports team as the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL … Favorite movies include Crash, Fight Club and The Shawshank Redemption … Favorite television show is Firefly … Says his favorite book is What’s So Amazing About Grace … Advice he would give to young people would be to stay optimistic about life and not to let other people tell you what to think.