Francesca

Giganti

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Diver
Year: Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Parkway West
Major: Communication Studies

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Two Letters (2015, 2016)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2016)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2018)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholar Award (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

2017-18 (Junior)
Giganti did not compete due to injury.

2016-17 (Redshirt)
Francesca Giganti redshirted in 2016-17 with an injury. A communication studies major, Giganti continued her excellence in the classroom by earning academic All-Big Ten honors. She also claimed a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the third consecutive year.

2015-16 (Sophomore)
Giganti captured nine top-five finishes in the diving well as a sophomore for the Huskers in 2015-16, including a pair of runner-up finishes. She set career bests in both the one-meter and platform dives. She posted her one-meter career best (242.62) with a fifth-place finish in a dual win at Northern Iowa. She added her career best on platform (252.85) at the Hawkeye Invitational. At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Giganti took 31st on the platform (208.00), 34th on three meter (249.55) and 45th on the one-meter board (218.55). She earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time as a sophomore, while also making her first appearance on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Giganti also was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholar.

2014-15 (Freshman)
Giganti gained extensive experience during her first season as a Husker. She totaled seven top-five finishes and set career bests in all three dives. Giganti set her then-career best in the one-meter dive against Iowa State with a score of 238.57. She posted a three-meter career-best 294.40 at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Giganti notched a 241.94 on platform at the Hawkeye Invitational. Giganti's highest finish of the season came in the three-meter dive against Northern Iowa. Her score of 290.32 was good enough to capture second place. Giganti was also a standout in the classroom, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15.

Previous
Giganti came to Nebraska after an outstanding diving career at Parkway West High School. Giganti produced a second-place finish at the 2014 Missouri High School State Championships, tallying a score of 416.50. Giganti earned all-state awards all four years in high school. She also competed for the St. Louis Diving Club, finishing second and third in the platform and three-meter dives at the 2013 USA Diving Summer Junior Zone C Championships. Her scores qualified her for the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships in both events. A solid performer in the classroom as well, Giganti was a member of Parkway West's honor roll her senior year.

Personal
The daughter of Alfonso Giganti and Michelle Schmitt, Francesca was born Feb. 8, 1996, in St. Louis, Mo. She has two sisters, Jasmine and Gabriella, and three brothers, Ignacio, Pietro and Lorenzo. A communication studies major at Nebraska, Francesca was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2018 and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and 2018. She is a nine-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She is a five-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She chose Nebraska over Eastern Michigan.

Career-Best Dives

Event Score Meet (Date)
One Meter 242.62 Northern Iowa (2015)
Three Meter 294.40 NCAA Zone Diving (2015)
Platform 252.85 Hawkeye Invitational (2015)
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