Diving into the Summer Olympics, UNC Lineberger employee's special connection

Ana McCrory of the Tissue Culture Facility will be making a special trip to London in July. She, her husband, Doug, their son, Lucas, and other family members are traveling to cheer on her son, Nick, who is a member of the 11-member US diving team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Nick, a student at Duke, will take part in the 10-meter individual diving (August 10,11) and 10-meter synchronized diving competitions (July 30).

A coach at UNC spotted Nick right away when he was a boy and noted his talent. Nick decided he wanted to do platform diving, and since UNC didn’t have a platform, we traveled to places in and out of state that had platforms so that he could gain that experience.  When he was 15 or 16, he started going to Duke to dive since they had a platform, so it was a natural thing for him to end up going to college there on scholarship.”

Nick has taken the past year off to train. He was invited to participate in a world series event that took place at locations around the world where he competed with the top six international divers.  When he started taking part in this event and doing well, we began to think that the Olympics might be reality, so we began planning for that possibility.

“We were in Seattle for the Olympic trials, and he did really well. We’re so happy that he is on the team.  This has been a goal for him for so many years. And he did it."

"He has made a lot of sacrifices and it has paid off.”

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Ana will be sending us photo updates from London so check back soon.