THIS SEASON: Sophomore Ariel Rittenhouse, a 2008 Olympian and long-time U.S. National Team member, is one of the country's top divers looking for her second NCAA trip and her first All-American honor.
2010: Rittenhouse was a point-scorer at the 2010 NCAA Championships as a freshman with a 12th-place finish on 3-meter (326.85). She was also 21st on platform (236.55) and 24th on 1-meter (272.55)... At the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, she finished second (behind teammate Victoria Ishimatsu) on 1-meter (326.25), was third on 3-meter (366.60) and ninth on platform (226.85). She qualified for the NCAAs with a second on 1-meter at the Zone E Championships ... After the season, she partnered with teammate Victoria Ishimatsu to earn the bronze medal in women's synchronized 3-meter Tuesday in the final stage of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series meet in Veracruz, Mexico ... In the months prior to enrolling at USC, she represented the U.S. at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, where she finished fifth on 3-meter and sixth on 3-meter synchro. Her fifth-place on 3-meter was the first American top 5 finish at the world championships since 1994.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rittenhouse, who attended Halstrom HS (an online school), competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she finished fourth on 3-meter synchro (with Kelci Bryant) ... She was third on 3-meter synchro in 2008 at the U.S. Diving Spring Nationals, the FINA Diving World Cup and FINA Diving World Series events in Mexico and London ... She was second at the 2007 Pan Am Games ... She was first with Bryant at the 2007 Kaiser Permanente National Championships ... She was 10th on 3-meter synchro at the 2007 World Championships and second at the 2006 World Cup in 3-meter synchro.
CLUB/COACH: Trojan Dive Club/Hongping Li.
PERSONAL: Rittenhouse was born on Dec. 9, 1990 ... Rittenhouse's mother, Sharon, attended USC and was a 1964 Olympic silver medalist in the 400m IM. Ariel's uncle, Michael Finneran, was an Olympic diver in 1972.