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    Blythe Hartley
    Blythe Hartley

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    North Vancouver, BC

    High School:
    Handsworth Secondary School

    Height:
    5-4

    Event:
    Diving

    Birthdate:
    05/02/1982

    THIS SEASON: One of the top divers in the world and the 2002 NCAA Women's Diver of the Year, 2006 redshirt senior Blythe Hartley, a Canadian Olympic medallist, is a three-time career NCAA champion and a 2005 World Championships gold medallist. The greatest women's diver in school history, she has reached the finals of every NCAA event in which she's competed, finishing among the top three in eight of nine events. She also has won three World Championships medals, six Pac-10 titles (plus two conference second-places) and 16 Canadian titles.

    2005: Hartley returned to collegiate competition after a year off and won her third career NCAA title, earning the first in the 3-meter springboard at the 2005 NCAA Championships (586.15). She was also second in the 1-meter (324.90) and fifth in the platform (448.35) ... At the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, Hartley posted her fifth and sixth career conference wins, taking the 1-meter (318.90) and 3-meter (543.20). She was also third on platform (429.60) ... She won her second career world title on 1-meter at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. She won the title with 325.65 points, easily ahead of second-place Minxia Wu of China. Hartley also reached the final on 3-meter, taking sixth (557.97).

    2004: Hartley did not compete in 2004, taking the year off to train for the 2004 Canadian Olympic Trials, which resulted in her qualifying for the Games in three events ... Hartley won a bronze medal in Athens on 10-meter synchronized diving, was fifth on 3-meter springboard and was seventh on synchronized 3-meter springboard.

    2003: Hartley was the fourth-highest individual point-scorer (50) at the 2003 NCAA Championships as a sophomore, finishing second in both the 3-meter (585.15) and platform (456.65) and third on 1-meter (329.70) ... At the 2003 Pac-10s, Hartley swept all three diving events, winning the 1-meter (332.85), 3-meter (606.20, Pac-10 meet record) and the platform (489.20) ... As she did at the Pac-10s, Hartley swept each event at the 2003 Zone E Championships and qualified first overall out of Zone E. ... Won gold on the 3-meter springboard at the Canada Cup .... Won a bronze medal on 1-meter at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She was also fifth on 3-meter and 12th on platform .... Joined diving teammate Nicci Fusaro on the Verizon Academic All-District VIII third team as well the Pac-10 All-Academic first team with a 3.69 GPA.

    2002: Hartley put together one of the best NCAA diving performances ever at the 2002 meet, becoming the first woman ever to win both the 1-meter (350.85) and the platform (460.35) in the same meet, earning NCAA and Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year honors. She also placed third in the 3-meter (567.80) and finished with 56 individual points, the third most of the meet ... Hartley swept all three specialties at the 2002 Zone E Championships, winning the 1-meter (322.20), 3-meter (556.35) and platform (482.45) ... At the 2002 Pac-10s, she won the 1-meter (325.50) and took second in both the 3-meter (520.00) and the platform (463.95), finishing behind teammate Nicci Fusaro in both events. She missed winning the 3-meter by one point ... At the 2002 Canadian Summer Nationals, she won both springboard events and was second on the platform ... At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England, she was 2nd on the 1-meter, third on platform and fourth on 3-meter.

    HIGH SCHOOL: A 14-time Canadian national champion (seven in Age Groups) before starting college, Hartley held a spot as one of Canada's top divers since winning her first senior title at the age of 14 ... A graduate of Handsworth Secondary School in Vancouver, B.C., Hartley won her first World Championship title in 2001in Fukuoka, Japan, winning gold in the 1-meter springboard, edging a pair of Chinese for the title ... She represented her country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finishing fifth in the 3-meter synchro and 10th in the 3-meter springboard ... Hartley won a silver in the platform and a bronze in the 3-meter at the 1999 Pan Am Games ... Blythe was named as the Junior Female Athlete of the Year for 1999 at the Canadian Sport Awards.

    PERSONAL: Her birthday is May 2, 1982 ... She is a communications major with a minor in business.