George Kostinas is a writer on Cape Cod who authored the following article on senior diver Michaela Butler.
It takes a special kind of person, a special kind of athlete, to compete at the highest level in any sport, and Michaela Butler of Dennisport is one of those.
Butler is finishing off a terrific diving career at the University of Massachusetts, in which she has broken every school record in the 1-meter dive, and some in the 3-meter dive, and is the school's first All-American in that sport.
Last spring, her junior year, Butler finished fourth in the NCAA championships, which made her an All-America selection.
To be named All-America one has to finish in the top eight at the NCAA championships.
"No swimmer or diver at UMass has ever done that, either male or female," said UMass diving coach, Mandy Hixon. "And the program has been going on for 78 years or something like that."
In addition, she finished 14th in the 3-meter dive, which was good enough for All-America honorable mention honors in that event.
And finally, Butler is in the midst of a three-year undefeated streak in dual meets that will probably continue as she closes out her senior year.
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