`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Whitney Johnson
July 8, 2013
CHICAGO - Just half-way through her career at UIC, junior-to-be Whitney Johnson has emerged as arguably the top female diver in the Horizon League. The native of Roscoe, Ill., enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign last season, and kicks off this week's series of featured student-athletes in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
Johnson boasted a flurry of individual accolades in 2012-13, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Zone "C" Championships. She was also tabbed the Horizon League "Diver of the Meet" after her standout performance in the annual League meet at Flames Natatorium in March. Johnson also collected five weekly awards from the League office last season, more than any other UIC student-athlete during the 2012-13 academic year.
Johnson exceeded the NCAA standards for both the one-meter (265) and three-meter dives (280) 11 times throughout her sophomore season, earning a trip to the NCAA Zone "C" Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. She captured 17 individual titles on the season, including a first-place finish (296.95) at the Horizon League Championship, where she set a school and Championship record. Johnson also recorded a collective score of 306.50 at the annual UIC Diving Invitational.
"Whitney's main goal for the year was to win the Horizon League," said head diving coach Susan Bromberg. "Because she set this goal for herself, she was able to attain the NCAA Zone Qualifying score in almost every meet that she competed. She still has a few more dives to learn this year and once she gets them, she should be untouchable."
As mentioned, Johnson claimed the "Diver of the Meet" award at the conclusion of the Horizon League Championship. Notably, Bromberg was named the Diving Coach of the Year. Stay tuned to UICFlames.com for the official release of the Flames' 2013-14 schedule.