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Kimberly Helfrich
Position: Diving
Year: Senior
City/State: Fort Belvoir, Va.
High School: West Springfield
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As a senior:

  • CAA Diver of the Year
  • Repeated as three-meter dive champion in the CAA Championships with a mark of 327.00
  • Won gold on the one-meter board at the CAA Championships with a score of 299.85
  • Seven-time CAA Diver of the Week
  • Finished fifth on three-meter board and 27th on the one-meter board at the NCAA Zone A Qualifying Meet
  • VaSID Academic All-State
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2012
  • JMU President's List Spring 2013
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

As a junior:

  • Finalist for JMU's 2011-12 Female Athelte of the Year
  • Won gold in the thee-meter dive (324.70) at the CAA Championships
  • Placed 4th in the one-meter dive at the CAA Championships with a season-best mark of 294.50
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2011
  • JMU Dean's List Spring 2012
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award Recipient
  • VaSID Academic All-State honoree
  • Two-time CAA Diver of the Week (Oct. 4, Nov. 1)
  • Three first-place finishes in one-meter dive
  • Four 1st place finishes in three-meter dive, including team's season-high mark of 327.35 against American/Gerogetown/VMI
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

As a sophomore:

  • CAA Diver of the Year
  • Became first member of the JMU Swimming and Diving team to participate in the NCAA Championships
  • Finished 24th in the one-meter dive (263.00) and 28th in the three-meter dive (273.70) at the NCAA Championships
  • Placed third in the three-meter dive (554.80) and fifth in the one-meter dive (474.40) at the NCAA Zone A Qualifying meet
  • Earned All-CAA honors in the three-meter board after finishing third with a score of 300.60
  • Placed fourth in the one-meter board at the CAA Championships with a score of 298.35
  • Set a school record in the three-meter dive with a 377.70 in double-dual meet against Towson and Loyola (Md.)
  • Earned CAA Diver of the Week Honors three consecutive weeks (Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1)
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2010
  • VaSID Academic All-State

As a freshman:

  • CAA Rookie Diver of the Year
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2009 & Spring 2010
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient
  • Placed fourth in the one-meterdive (262.30) and fifth in the three-meterdive (277.75) at the CAA Championships
  • Placed second against Radford in three-meter dive (282.67)

Before JMU:

  • Placed top 10 at VHSL AAA state championships
  • All-Northern Region
  • Dive captain
  • Spartan Award (Team MVP)
  • Four-time All-Patriot District
  • Also participated in crew
  • National Honor Society
  • Art Honor Society
  • English Honor Society
  • A-B Honor Roll all four years
  • Virginia Governor's School nomination
  • Early College Scholars program


Getting to know Kimberly...

Name: Kimberly Helfrich
Hometown:  Springfield, Va.
High School:  West Springfield High School
Parents' names: Harry and Diane Helfrich
Siblings' names and ages:  Allison Helfrich- 27; Kurt Helfrich- 24

Why did you choose JMU?
It has a great art program and swim/dive team. It's not too far from home and I love the area.

What is your major?
Visual arts with a concentration in art education.

What do you enjoy most about JMU Swimming and Diving?
The team seems really close and the coaches are awesome! I can't wait to be a part of it.

What are your goals for this season?
To continually beat my previous records, learn new dives, contribute to the team, and have fun!

What are your favorite things about JMU?
The campus is beautiful, and the people are nice and friendly. I especially love the art studio center.

What is your favorite place on campus?
The quad or top of the library where you can see the whole campus and mountains.

What are your favorite:
          Foods: pizza, watermelon, shish-ka-bobs
          TV Shows: LOST, Friends, So You Think You Can Dance, The Office
          Music: I love music; my taste is very eclectic, I have over 3,000 songs on my ipod!

What do you want to do after college?
Travel. Become a high school art teacher and dive coach.

What is your favorite event and why? 
3 meter- there's more time to execute the skill

What other activities or hobbies do you enjoy? 
trampoline, gymnastics, rowing, painting/drawing, shopping

The best part of your day at JMU is...
Meeting new people and going to D-hall!