|Hunt to train with Team USA coach|
University of Idaho senior diver Paige Hunt has been selected to train with a top Team USA coach in preparation for the Olympic Diving Trials with hopes of earning a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Paige,” coach Kelly Gufford said. “There is no guarantee of success but this is an enormous step closer to achieving her dreams. This will be an excellent journey for her.”
Hunt had an excellent career at Idaho. In her senior season, she was chosen team captain and broke all of the school records multiple times. At the WAC Championship meet, she placed first in the platform event and second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. She also made it to the final rounds of the NCAA Zone Diving meet in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. In 2013, she was the WAC Diver of the Year.
Starting June 1, Hunt will spend the next two years training at the University of Arizona in Tucson.. She will be training with Omar Ojeda, head diving coach of the University of Arizona and a Team USA coach. She will be training with a small group comprised only of Team USA divers whose focus is the Olympic Trials and the 2016 Olympic Games.
“Coach Ojeda is a world-class coach who has continually produced world-class divers,” Gufford said. “He is one of the greatest coaches in this country; his passion, dedication, and love for this sport are unrelenting. As a coach he is impressive in every sense of the word. I am very confident Paige will transform as a diver and as a person over the next two years under his tutelage.”