Abigail

Knapton

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Diver
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Omaha Marian
Major: Pre-Health

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • NCAA First-Team All-American (Platform, 2017)
  • NCAA Top-Five Finish (Platform, Fourth, 2017)
  • NCAA Championship Qualifier (Three-Meter, Platform, 2017)
  • NCAA Zone D Diving Champion (Platform, 2017)
  • NCAA Zone D Diving Qualifier (One-Meter, Three-Meter, Platform, 2017)
  • Nebraska Athletics Outstanding Female Newcomer of the Year (All Sports, 2016-17)
  • One Letter (2017)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (First Team, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)

2017-18 (Outlook)
After producing the best freshman season by a diver in Nebraska history, Abigail Knapton will look for bigger scores and better finishes in all three diving events in 2017-18. The sophomore out of Omaha Marian High School captured first-team All-America honors with her fourth-place finish on the platform at the 2017 NCAA Championships, after winning the event at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. Her NCAA performance marked the best finish by a Husker diver at nationals in school history. Knapton is expected to be the anchor of a talented group of Husker divers this season.

2016-17 (Freshman)
Knapton kicked off her diving career strong with 17 top-five finishes, including three victories as a freshman for the Huskers in 2016-17. Knapton notched a victory at the 2017 NCAA Zone D Diving Meet in platform with a total of 553.00. The Omaha freshman qualified for 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the three-meter and platform dive. Knapton competed in all three dives at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 14th on platform (257.50), 11th on the one-meter dive (285.60) and earned ninth on three meter (337.35).  She set two career bests at Illinois in both the one-meter (294.98) for a runner-up finish and in the three meter (343.12) to capture her first dual victory. She also finished second on platform at the Jean Freeman Invite with a career-best 318.70. Knapton earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters.

Previous
Knapton was one of the state's top divers as a senior at Omaha Marian High School in 2016. The Nebraska state runner-up in the one-meter dive as a senior, Knapton helped the Crusaders to a state runner-up finish as a team. Knapton was also the runner-up at the Region 8 Championships. A strong performer in the classroom as well, Knapton earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence. She was also an honor roll student at Omaha Marian throughout her high school career.

Personal
The daughter of Emily and Jeffery Knapton, Abigail was born April 23, 1998 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Abigail has one younger sister, Nettie-Clare. A pre-health major, Abigail was a first-team CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2017. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. She chose Nebraska over Wyoming, Utah, Ohio, Army West Point, Virginia Tech, Arkansas and Boise State.

Career-Best Dives

Event Score Meet (Date)
One Meter 294.98 Illinois (2016)
Three Meter 471.40 USA Diving Winter Nationals  (2017)
Platform 318.70 Jean Freeman Invite (2016)

 

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