Senior diver Tealin Kelemen has placed in the top 25 in every
event in the last four Big Ten Championships. She’s been
named Big Ten Diver of the Week five times. Two weeks ago, she
provided the point difference that sealed a 14th Big Ten title for
the women’s swimming and diving team, placing fourth in the
platform event. But, Kelemen wants one more thing before she ends
her collegiate career. She wants to qualify for the NCAA
Championships.

“She’s never qualified,” Michigan diving coach
Chris Bergere said. “So, that’s the goal this year.
It’s up to her to block out the pressure and concentrate on
what she has control over, and that’s her diving. We’re
all pulling for her. She has clear shot at making it.”

This weekend at the NCAA Diving Zones, Kelemen will get her
final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Divers
around the nation will be sent to regional zones where they must
finish within an allotted number given to their site. Michigan will
be competing at Indiana, and if Kelemen places in the top 11, she
will compete at the championships next weekend in College Station,
Texas.

“It’s a little stressful, but it’s mostly
because I’ve worked so hard this year,” Kelemen said.
“This could be my last meet and if it’s not,
that’s great. If it is, then I just want to end my career
having fun and diving well.”

While the meet will be bittersweet for Kelemen if she
doesn’t qualify for the championships, Bergere hopes to watch
an athlete that he’s coached since middle school end her
collegiate career in style. Regardless, he knows he’ll have a
huge void to fill on the team next year. The future of the team
rests primarily with freshman Ellen Van Cleve and junior captain
Alexis Goolik. Both will join Kelemen at Indiana this weekend.

“Kelemen and Goolik have had experiences with this
meet,” Bergere said. “But for Van Cleve, this will be
her first appearance. I think it will be a good learning experience
for her.”

Van Cleve, who graduated from Pioneer High School last year and
was named 2002 Michigan High School Diver of the Year, has become a
integral part of the squad. She finished among the top 20 in the
one-meter, three-meter and platform events at the Big Ten
Championships.

“She has a lot of potential,” Bergere said.
“Freshman year is usually pretty difficult, because
you’re just learning how to balance everything. Ellen is
getting adjusted and still working on technique.”

Even if Bergere doesn’t have any of his divers qualify for
the NCAA Championships, he wholeheartedly believes that the season
has been one of most enjoyable and rewarding.

“This has been the best women’s team I’ve
coached, no matter where I’ve been,” Bergere said.
“They have gone beyond where they thought they could go.
It’s been a dream season.”

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