Athlete of the Week: Noah Macomber
The Mavericks men's program has just matched their best ranking in program history and two-time RMAC diver of the week Noah Macomber has crushed it in his senior year.
"It’s been a lot of fun,” said Macomber. “I feel like we have really grown as a team this year. I really believe that we have come together and we were able to do some cool things so far."
Macomber was the Michigan diver of the year in high school, but he was more reserved when he got to CMU. He knew he was in the right place after an All-American first year.
"I would say freshman year of college,” Macomber said. “Coming in and Logan teaching me three meter lifts and then performing well at nationals, it was kind of an eye opener that I should stay with it."
"He came in with no three meter experience,” diving head coach Logan Pearsall said. “As a freshman, if he would have dove at nationals like he did at conference he would have won. He's rose to the challenge every time. He's been a lot of fun to have around."
His growth from freshman year to today has required trying new flips and spins. Being a part of one of the best teams in the nation helps motivate the divers to step it up every time on the boards.
"It starts at a half a flip a time,” Macomber said. “You add a half a flip here, half a spin there and next thing you know you are doing three and a half with three and a half turns."
"Building the trust as student and coach, that's the biggest part,” said Pearsall. “They come in and they start to trust the process and i really think they run with it once they have it."
He’s finished runner-up on the three meter and third place on the one meter in his last three years at the national championships. In his final shot, he's ready to leave it all out there.
"Try to be more dedicated than in years past,” said Macomber. “Come in on my own time. Do some hurdles, do some basic drills. It's tough but you just have to go out there and do your best every time and as long as i can keep do that, I’ll be pleased with how I perform. It's also kind of a last hoorah. Just have fun and live it and do as best as I can."