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Mike Alderman
Mike Alderman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington, Va.

High School:
Yorktown

Position:
Diving

Experience:
SR


2005-06:
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.

2004-05:
Mike redshirted but was still named All-Academic Big Ten.

2003-04:
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.

2002-03:
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.

High School:
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.

Personal:
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."

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