Li Inks Two Divers for 2011-12

Nov. 17, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head diving coach KZ Li announced Wednesday (Nov. 17) the signing of two divers -- Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the 2011-12 academic year.

Boyd hails from Monrovia, Calif., and attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. She also dives for Arrow Dive Club, a team chartered through USA Diving. Boyd dives at many USA Diving-sanctioned events, including Summer and Spring Regionals the last three years. This year (2010), Boyd scored sixth-place finishes on both the one- and three-meter boards at the 2010 USA Diving Spring Region 10 Championships. She also dove at the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals, and at the Speedo Junior National Diving Championships in each of the past three years.

"Emily Boyd is a very talented diver who has been training with a Chinese coach out in California," Li said. "She's done very well using those techniques. Her addition will make our team better. She's trained with USA Diving and at the high school level and had some very good results. Our hope is that she takes the next step as a Michigan Wolverine and become a consistent Big Ten scorer."

Nazario comes from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She also competes for Miami Diving Club, a team chartered through USA Diving. This year, Nazario finished third on the one- and three-meter boards at the 2010 AAU Diving National Championships. Nazario has competed at USA Diving Spring Region 7 Championships in each of the past three years, and at the USA Diving Summer Junior Zone D Championships the last two years. On the high school level, Nazario has won back-to-back Regional (4-1A and 4-3A) and District (10 3-A) titles.

"Marina Nazario is another diver that has tons of talent," said Li. "She's trained with a big club team down in Florida and those coaches know what they are talking about. She has competed at many national and USA Diving meets. It's great for our team to get a diver with that much experience. She's got the potential to be a very good diver for us in the years to come."

The Wolverines lose Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) to graduation at the end of this year. Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) is the lone senior on the swimming side.

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