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From China to All-American glory

Chen Ni may hail from Qingdao, China, but to IUPUI swimming and diving fans, she'll always be an All-American.

The 5-foot-2 world-class diver made history this spring when she won the Jaguars' first-ever NCAA championship, winning the women's 10-meter platform competition held at Purdue's Boilermaker Aquatics Center.

The IU School of Education at IUPUI major was first featured in IUPUI Magazine in its winter 2009 issue, and continues to produce highlight after highlight in her diving career. In just two years, she has:

  • Twice been named an NCAA All-American;
  • Won three Summit League championships, two in 3-meter springboard and one in 1-meter competition;
  • Been named the Summit League Diver of the Year; and
  • Totally rewritten the IUPUI women's diving record book.

When her competitive career ends, Ni hopes to become a kindergarten teacher and is preparing for that career through IUPUI's Transition to Teach Program. And her diving on campus hasn't been limited to the Natatorium pool; she's plunged into undergraduate research life, too. This past spring, she was part of a research team that took part in the first IUPUI Research Day, studying the motivation and quality of life of Indianapolis Colts fans. She's also part of a team monitoring dissolvable tobacco products, joining students from the schools of science, business and dentistry. Both teams earned funding through the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute, which challenges students to test their skills in scientific inquiry.

Ni also plans to become a diving coach, focusing on boys and girls just starting their careers on springboards and platforms. But that dream may have to wait a bit; she still harbors hopes her own hopes of competing in future Olympic Games.

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