Oliver A High-Energy Wildcat For Arizona
By Karissa Fogel
During her childhood years, University of Arizona's top female diver Ainsley Oliver was always the high-energy child running around the playground.
"I was a gymnast when I was younger but also played all different sports," she said. "I was like a monkey who always had high energy. At the end of swimming lessons when I was young, when all the other kids jumped off the diving board, I cartwheeled off instead."
As an 8-year-old, Oliver started her diving career and she has made a name for herself ever since.
Not only was she a member of the Canadian Junior Team in 2002 and 2005 at the U.S.A Challenge, but she also won the tower event at that meet. With personal bests of 301.05 in the 2-meter event, 332.48 in the 3-meter event, and a 256.05 in the platform event, Oliver is nothing less than a diving spectacle.
Her favorite dives are twisting dives. "It's the best feeling ever when I know that I hit my dive," she said.
She is currently working to improve her reverse twister dive on the 1-meter board.
Oliver not only enjoys diving for the University of Arizona because she gets to train outside all year round, but she also appreciates the whole team aspect of the University of Arizona's dive team. "Being able to go to practice and smile and laugh, the whole environment is what I love," she said. "My teammates, coaches, past coaches and teachers are my biggest inspirations."
Currently a junior studying physiology, Oliver's post-collegiate plans include pursuing a career as either a doctor or physical therapist. "I'm the type of person who likes to think about the future and make plans," she said.
She intends to keep training hard to gear up for the upcoming Pac-10 Diving Championships that will take place on February 23, in which she will be competing in all three diving events (the platform, 1 meter and 3 meter).