Korver Named College Swimming & Diving Honors Female Walk-On Athlete of the Year
College Swimming & Diving Honors singles out Korver and Burris for their achievments as walk-on student-athletes.
June 6, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - After a phenomenal senior campaign, Klaire Korver of the Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team was voted the Female Walk-On Athlete of the Year by College Swimming & Diving Honors. Additionally, Sarah Burris collected an honorable mention in the same category.
College Swimming & Diving Honors accepts nominations from coaches, student-athletes and sports administrators. From there, a voting process helps determine the overall winner and finalists. In all, hundreds of student-athletes and teams from over 100 different institutions were nominated for their achievements this season.
Korver (Pinewood School/Redwood City, Calif.) competed as a competitive gymnast before turning to the sport of diving. In 2009 as a high school senior, she helped start Pinewood's first diving team. Despite her lack of experience, she qualified for the Central Coast Section Diving Championship.
After walking on at Pepperdine as a freshman, Korver soaked in everything head coach Nick Rodionoff taught and she quickly established herself as a top contender in the PCSC Conference.
As a freshman, she placed in the top-15 in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events at the league championship. She set the bar high in the 3-meter at the PCSC Time Trials with a season-best score of 180.00.
Korver is part of group of student-athletes who competed for the team despite knowing the program was to be disbanded at the conclusion of the year. Following the 2009-10 season, however, the program was reinstated, but not before several members of the team - including Korver -- made other commitments.
Participating in Pepperdine's renowned International Programs, Korver spent the spring semester studying abroad and missed out on the 2011 PCSC Championship. However, she was in Malibu for the fall portion of the season and established season-high scores of 178.75 in the 1-meter and 179.40 in the 3-meter.
Upon her return stateside, Korver had a breakout season as a junior. She earned All-PCSC honors for the first time after placing seventh in the 3-meter with a career-high score of 212.75. Korver also went home with a top-10 finish in the 1-meter.
Korver saved the best for last, placing second in the 1-meter and seventh in the 3-meter at the 2013 PCSC Championship. She was subsequently named the PCSC Division I Diver of the Year.
She not only succeeded in the pool, but in the classroom as well. Korver was voted as the 2012 Pepperdine Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The economics major graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics.
Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS), a fellow walk-on, was one of four finalists in the category in addition to Korver.
In her four years at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, Burris has been a proven leader for the Waves and routinely scores top times in several events for the team.
Not only was Burris a member of the 2013 All-PCSC performing 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams, she individually earned all-conference honors for her fifth-place finish in the 200 backstroke.
During her senior year alone, Burris lowered personal-best times in six different events including the 50 freestyle (24.15), 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke (28.22), 200 backstroke (2:08.11), 100 IM (1:04.83) and 50 butterfly (27.67).
Michigan led all schools in this year's College Swimming & Diving Honors with four honors and two honorable mentions. Tennessee also received four honors in addition to one honorable mention. Johns Hopkins University earned two honors plus another seven honorable mentions.
2012-13 College Swimming & Diving Honors
Walk-on Athlete, Female - Klaire Korver, Pepperdine
Walk-on Athlete, Male - Dylan Coggin, Johns Hopkins University
Break-Out Athlete, Female - Liz Pelton, California
Break-Out Athlete, Male - Kevin Cordes, University of Arizona
Career Improvement Honor, Female - Katie Meili, Columbia University
Career Improvement Honor, Male - Zack Turk, Kenyon & Michigan
Career Improvement Diver - Kelly Hendricks, Eastern Michigan University
Break-Out Team, Female - University of Tennessee, Coach Matt Kredich
Break-Out Team, Male - North Carolina State, Coach Braden Holloway
Most Exciting Dual Meet, Female - Kenyon at Denison, November 3, 2012
Most Exciting Dual Meet, Male - Harvard, Yale at Princeton, February 2-3, 2013
Exciting Dual Meet Upset, Female - #2 Georgia at #11 Tennessee, January 26, 2013
Exciting Dual Meet Upset, Male- #11 Georgia at Tennessee, January 26, 2013
Championship Performance, Female - Tennessee at 2013 NCAA
Championship Performance, Male - Michigan at 2013 NCAA
Assistant Coach of the Year, Women's Team - Nikki Kett, Johns Hopkins
Assistant Coach of the Year, Men's Team - Dr. Josh White, Michigan
Impact Honor - Coach Mike Bottom, University of Michigan