Graduate student and diver Nickie Griesemer wasn't content simply making Ithaca College history at the 2018 NCAA National Division III Championships. Two days after taking home first-place in the one-meter springboard event and becoming the first member of the women’s diving team to win a national championship, Griesemer went out and captured a second title, this time in the three-meter event.
After leading through the preliminaries in the one-meter with a score of 447.05, she captured the top spot with a total of 467.60 points. Griesemer narrowly edged out Centre College's Sarah Hayhurst, who finished second with 466.55 points.
In the three-meter, Griesemer was in 2nd place after the preliminaries. But she uncorked her best dive of the day in the finals to earn a score of 516.30, comfortably ahead of MIT's Blake Zhou, who finished with 508.85.
Griesemer was the third IC student-athlete to win a national championship in the winter sports season, joining wrestler Ben Brisman ’20 and pole vaulter Katherine Pitman ’17, D.P.T. ’19. The 27th student-athlete to win a championship while on South Hill, Griesemer’s titles were the 42nd and 43rd individual national championship in Ithaca College history.