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UMass senior diver Michaela Butler makes her return to the NCAA National Championships this Thursday. Butler shocked the diving world last year with her All-American performance on the one-meter dive while defeating several high level international and Olympic caliber competitors.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a local sports round-up which leads off with UMass diver Michaela Butler winning the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone A Regional Meet. The performance has earned her a spot at the NCAA Championships next weekend in Minneapolis.

Michaela Butler making her mark at UMass

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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College Notes: Butler A Diving Force At UMass

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John Garner Jr. of the Cape Cod times catches up with UMass diver and Dennisport, Mass. native Michaela Butler.

When Michaela Butler was growing up, the closest she got to a diving board was driving past the YMCA pool in West Barnstable.

The Dennisport native competed at a high level in gymnastics and track at Dennis-Yarmouth, but had no experience as a competitive diver.

Butler led the Dolphins track team to an ACL Championship as a senior MVP, setting school records as part of in the 4x50 relay, 4x200 relay, and triple jump relay.

She also competed in club gymnastics, winning a Level 9 state championship as a freshman and Level 9 Regional Championship as a sophomore.

But despite no background in diving, the redshirt junior has taken to the sport like a duck to water at UMass-Amherst. During the Frank Elm Invitational Nov. 19 against top competitors from host Rutgers, Columbia, Boston University, Villanova, Army and Coast Guard, Butler captured first-place finishes in the one and three-meter diving events. In the one-meter, Butler set a UMass record with a preliminary score of 295.90 and notched 271.90 in the finals. She set another school record in the three-meter dive with an impressive score of 347.75 during prelims, 37 points higher than the previous record. She captured the finals with a score of 339.75.

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CCSC's Ripple Effect Felt At UMass

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John Garner, Jr. of the Cape Cod Times wrote a nice piece titled CCSC's Ripple Effect Felt At UMass on the pipeline of swimmers the Cape Cod Swimming Club has provided to the UMass men's and women's swimming programs.