Nevada's Zheng and You Earn CSCAA National Accolades
Courtesy of Nevada Athletics
ATLANTA – Sophomore Sharae Zheng has been named Diver of the Year and coach Jian Li You has been named Diving Coach of the Year, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced on Saturday following the NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
Zheng and You led the Wolf Pack to a 20th place finish at the NCAA Championships – the highest among any non-power five team – as Nevada’s divers accumulated 56 total points.
A 5-foot-1 diver from Chengdu, China, Zheng took the NCAA Championships by storm, sweeping the springboard diving titles at the meet. Zheng won the 1-meter springboard title on Thursday with a finals score of 344.95. She then won the 3-meter diving title on Friday, posting a career-high score of 404.70.
Zheng won the University of Nevada’s first individual national championship in 14 years. She also becomes just the third student-athlete in Wolf Pack history to win multiple Division I national titles in the same season. Zheng caps her incredible sophomore season with four regular season titles, two Mountain West titles, one NCAA Regional title and two NCAA titles.
In her 20th season as the head diving coach at Nevada, Jian Li You’s 2016 campaign brought the program immeasurable success. You helped Nevada acquire all 56 of the team’s points at the NCAA Championships as Zheng tallied 40 points with two titles and senior Krysta Palmer scored 18 points with a ninth and 10th place finish.
You’s CSCAA Diving Coach of the Year honor goes along with her being named MW Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season. A former Chinese national championship diver, You has earned seven conference diving coach of the year honors in her storied career.