Kendall Swett, Tufts University
Kendall Swett (Akron, Ohio) had already won an NCAA diving championship when she transferred to Tufts in 2006. She won the NCAA Division III three-meter national championship in March 2006 as a member of the Lake Forest College team. She then transferred to Tufts, purely for academic reasons.
“I was an art history major, and it didn't seem like it was going to work out at Lake Forest,” said Swett, who graduated from Tufts this past May. “I decided that my education was really important and that I'm not going to be a diver for the rest of my life. I love it, but at the same time I needed to focus on my education as well. The art history department at Tufts is excellent. Tufts broadened my understanding of what I want to do.”
Swett’s outstanding success as a diver continued undeterred at Tufts. She capped her career by winning both NCAA Division III championships, off the one- and three-meter boards, in March 2008. In the three-meter event, she broke her own NCAA record with a 509.30 score. The two titles gave her six All-American performances overall. In her two seasons with the Tufts team, Swett won New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles off both boards in both years.
Due to the lack of a diving facility at the Tufts pool, Swett and her teammates commuted to practice at MIT during the week. Ironically, she practiced daily with MIT's Doria Holbrook, who was her main competitive rival in the NCAA’s.
“Being around someone who you're that competitive with every day was a really valuable asset,” Swett said. “It was like practice was a meet every day. We pushed each other so hard that we knew we’d end up being the best divers that we ever thought we could be just by being in that kind of proximity to each other.”
Kendall is currently working at an art gallery in Washington, D.C. and coaching a country club team in the DC area.