Ipsen, Schavone sweep NCAA and Pac-12 accolades

April 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The awards continue to pile up for sophomore diver Kristian Ipsen and head diving coach Rick Schavone.

The two were named the Pac-12 Diver and Coach of the Year, respectively, on Thursday. For the duo, these recognitions come on the heels of winning the NCAA Diver and Coach of the Year two weeks ago.

Ipsen, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics this past summer, cemented his status as the top diver in the nation by winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard and taking second in the platform event at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in late March. Handing Stanford its first national title in the 1-meter in over 80 years, Ipsen’s score of 473.75 set a new NCAA meet record.

The standout’s coach, too, had a remarkable season. A member of the Team USA’s 2012 Olympic coaching staff, Schavone guided four divers to the NCAA Championship this season. With the Pac-12 award, Schavone has now been twice named the national and conference coach of the year within the same season.

— George Chen

George Chen is a senior staff writer at The Stanford Daily who writes football, football and more football. Previously he worked at The Daily as the President and Editor in Chief, Executive Editor, Managing Editor of Sports, the football beat reporter and a sports desk editor. George also co-authored The Daily's recent book documenting the rise of Stanford football, "Rags to Roses." He is a senior from Painted Post, NY majoring in Biology. To contact him, please email at [email protected].

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