ATHENS, Ohio –The Ohio women's swimming and diving team has hired Britni Fisher as the new diving coach, head coach Mason Norman announced today. Fisher comes to Ohio after two years as the graduate assistant at Bryant University and after a successful collegiate career at Illinois.
"I am excited to have Britni join our staff," Norman said. "Her personality and coaching philosophy fits perfectly into the vision of the program. Her energy and enthusiasm is going to allow our diving program to recruit and compete at the highest level."
Fisher's second season at Bryant saw the women's swimming and diving program capture the NEC Championship crown for the first time in program history. 2018 saw all five Bulldog divers qualify for the finals, with Stephanie Jennings winning silver in the 1-meter and bronze in the 3-meter, and Gabrielle Ritzer claiming bronze in the 1-meter. On the men's side, Trevor Hazelwood broke the 3-meter school record in his first collegiate meet, diving to a score of 299.25 and beating the nearest BC competitor on the leaderboard by 28.20.
Fisher's first year at Bryant marked one of the most successful diving seasons in program history. Kelci Abernethy and Stephanie Jennings became the first Bryant divers in school history to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships, and the female divers broke school records six times over the course of the season. The Bulldogs concluded the season by earning an overall second-place finish at the NEC Championships, where all five female divers qualified for finals, reaping silver and bronze medals in both the one meter and three-meter diving events. They earned 141 points for the Bulldogs, and broke the school records once more.
Additionally, the men's team broke school records five times throughout the season on both the one- and three-meter springboards. Kevin Sullivan became the first male diver in program history to qualify for the "A" final at MAAC Championships, bringing home a 5th place medal.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Bryant, Fisher was an assistant coach at Tualatin Hills Dive Club (THDC) in Beaverton, Oregon (2015-2016), and the head swimming coach at North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon (2014-2016). She also coached the pole vault for North Salem High School (2014-2015) and Hermiston High School (2012-2014).
Fisher had a successful collegiate career, diving for the University of Illinois from 2008-2012. She currently holds the Illinois school records for the one-meter (298.27) and three-meter (319.65) springboards, and maintains the third highest platform score (162.80). Fisher is a four-time varsity letter winner, a four-time Illini Outstanding Diver of the Year, and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships. In 2010, she received the Performance of the Year Award for being the first diver in over 10 years to score points for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships. She culminated her career in 2012 with Scholar All-America honors.