Abigail

Knapton

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

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • NCAA First-Team All-American (Platform, 2017 [4th], 2018 [8th])
  • NCAA Championship Qualifier (Three-Meter, Platform, 2017; Three-Meter, Platform, 2018)
  • NCAA Zone D Diving Champion (Platform, 2017)
  • NCAA Zone D Diving Qualifier (One-Meter, Three-Meter, Platform, 2017; One-Meter, Three-Meter, Platform, 2018)
  • Nebraska Athletics Outstanding Female Newcomer of the Year (All Sports, 2016-17)
  • Two Letters (2017, 2018)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (First Team, 2017, 2018)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017; Spring 2017, 2018)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)

2018-19 (Outlook)
The most successful collegiate diver in Nebraska history, Abigail Knapton will take aim at All-America honors for the third consecutive season. The junior from Omaha became the first Husker diver in history to win a pair of first-team All-America awards by capturing her second straight honor on platform in 2018. In addition to her success in the well, Knapton is also a two-time first-team CSCAA Scholar All-American who could contend for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2019.

2017-18 (Sophomore)
Knapton became the first diver in Nebraska history to capture first-team All-America honors in back-to-back seasons. Knapton took eighth on the platform dive (286.15) to claim first-team All-America honors for the second straight season on the event. She added a 22nd-place finish on the three-meter board (307.60) at nationals to cap another history-making season. She qualified for nationals with career bests on the platform (589.70) and on the one meter (535.85) at the NCAA Zone D Diving competition. At the Big Ten Championships, Knapton took ninth on the three meter, 10th on the platform and 26th on the one meter. Throughout the season, Knapton captured 12 individual titles and five runner-up finishes among her 19 top-five showings. Also an outstanding student, Knapton was named a first-team CSCAA Scholar All-American for the second time and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten selection. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

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. She qualified for the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the three-meter and platform dives. 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 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 second-best 318.70. Knapton earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll both 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 and 2018. She was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018. She is a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She is also a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. 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 535.85 NCAA Zone D (2018)
Three Meter 471.40 USA Diving Winter Nationals  (2017)
Platform 589.70 NCAA Zone D (2018)
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