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Senior Spotlight: Diver Kacey Cummings

By Amanda Hayduk

February 16, 2012

Three and a half years ago Kacey Cummings made the choice to dive for Cleveland State because of “the team, the coach, and the facility.”
Now she is a senior, diving in her last season, and doesn’t for a second regret the choice she made.

Kacey CummingsCummings started as a gymnast and by high school was diving competitively. When it came time to look for colleges Cleveland State stood out for her.

“When I came on my recruiting trip the coach got me really excited about diving in college, and made me feel like I could really excel here,” Cummings exclaimed happily.

What stands out about Cummings is her ability to persevere through difficult times in order to achieve her goals. She believes her parents are responsible for instilling the toughness she has now.

“My parents have been extremely supportive of my athletics,” Cummings said.
Cummings also relies on the support of her teammates and coaches who have become “pretty amazing friends,” over the last couple of years.

“Rich is an awesome coach. He recognizes and respects that we all have different personalities, and is able to build an individualized program for each of his athletes that gives us all a chance to succeed,” Cummings said.

It appears that all of Cumming’s hard work over the years is paying off. Cleveland State hosted UIC on Senior Day last week where Kacey dove exceptionally well, earning a first place in the 3-meter diving event. The next hurdle for her will be the Horizon League Championships.

“I’m always a little nervous for meets. I will definitely be nervous for the Horizon League Championships. They aren’t bad nerves though, it’s a good feeling to know you’ve worked really hard for something and you don’t want to let the opportunity go to waste,” Cummings concluded.