Mike was Penn State's lone individual Big Ten Champion at the 2006 Big Ten Championships, as he took first in the one-meter diving competition, narrowly edging the second place finisher by 2.5 points. The Big Ten's were the high point of his season, as his win in the one-meter event was his second win of the year. For much of year, he placed second behind teammate Adam Pierce in both the one and three-meter events at several meets. For his accomplishments at the Big Ten meet, he was a first team All-Big Ten selection. He also placed 15th to pick up points for Penn State in the three-meter competition at the Big Ten's. At the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship, he placed third in the one-meter final. He also competed at the U.S. Open Diving Championships in April. In addition to his Big Ten title in the one meter, he also had a very strong overall year in that event, as he compiled the top three scores of his career in the one-meter last season, highlighted by his career best at the Big Ten's. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, he was also named a CSCAA Academic All-American.
Other Highlights: Placed third in the one-meter competition and second in the three-meter, picking up points for Penn State in both events, in the dual meet vs. Ohio State....Took third in the three-meter and fifth in the one-meter at the Shamrock Invitational....Finished second in both the one and three-meter events, trailing only teammate Adam Pierce at the dual meet vs. Rutgers....Placed second in the one-meter in the dual match with St. Bonaventure....Second in both the one and three-meter events in the dual meet at Florida....Picked up points for Penn State in both the one and three-meter events at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing 10th in both events....Placed second behind only Pierce in the one-meter at the dual meet vs. West Chester....Finished fifth in the one-meter and third in the three -meter at the Auburn/Purdue/Virginia/Penn State quad meet....Competed in both the one and three-meter events as an exhibition in the dual meet with LaSalle....Won the one-meter competition and placed second in the three-meter event in the first meet of the year vs. West Virginia.
Mike redshirted but was still named All-Academic Big Ten.
Alderman finished his highest in collegiate competition when he placed third at the Big Ten Championships on the three-meter diving board, with a score of 524.80. He also took fourth in the one-meter event.
Alderman had a strong performance at the Big Ten Championship in 2003 as he placed 11th on the one-meter board and 17th on the three-meter board. He also represented the team at NCAA Nationals in Austin, Texas, where he placed 26th in the one-meter event and 24th on three-meter board.
Alderman came to Penn State from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia. A big, strong diver, Mike's ability to perform the most difficult dives with relative ease makes him a formidable competitor. He was a second-place finisher in the one-meter diving at the Virginia State Championships in 2002. His hobbies include soccer, fishing, golf and collecting and watching movies.
Mike Alderman was born April 20, 1984. His parents are Kim and Karen Alderman. He has a younger sister, Meg, and two older brothers, Chris and Sean. Chris was a member of the Penn State diving team from 1998-2001 and was a three-time NCAA participant. Mike is majoring in business finance, with a minor in political science.
Why I chose Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because of the coach and I felt that the atmosphere here was a good fit for me."