University of Iowa Athletics
Diving

Veronica Rydze

Class Fr.
Hometown Iowa City, Iowa
High School City

Iowa Items — Her best scores on one-meter (325.28) and three-meter (358.45) both rank third on Iowa’s all-time top performers list.

2011-12 — Led the team in the one-meter (325.28) and three-meter (346.10)… earned collegiate best score on the one-meter (325.28) vs. Western Illinois… placed 17th overall at the NCAA Championships on the three-meter (303.05)… finished fifth on the one-meter (319.35) and ninth on the three-meter (346.10) springboards at the Big Ten Championships… placed fifth in the three-meter synchronized springboard (275.04) with former Hawkeye Deidre Freeman at the 2012 Canada World Cup… placed fifth on the three-meter synchro with Freeman at the USA Winter Diving National Championsships… earned the Nancilea Underwood Diving MVP award… named Big Ten Diver of the Week for her efforts at the Hawkeye Invitational… named Academic All-Big Ten… recorded 13 first place finishes… letterwinner.

2010-11 — Earned All-America accolade for her efforts on the one-meter board (296.35) at the NCAA Championships… placed 13th overall at the NCAA Championships on the one-meter… finished 12th on the one-meter (296.35) and seventh on the three-meter (358.45) at the Big Ten Championships… placed fourth on three-meter synchro with Hawkeye teammate Deidre Freeman and eighth on the individual one-meter at the 2011 U.S. Diving Nationals… won the three-meter synchroized diving event with Freeman at the Big Ten Championships… qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials on the three-meter synchronized event with Freeman… placed eighth on the three-meter synchro with Freeman and 10th on the individual one-meter at the World Championship Trials… finished fourth on the one-meter (248.10) at the USA Diving Winter National Championships… recorded eight top-two finishes… named to the Academic All-Big Ten team… letterwinner.

2009-10 — Placed eighth in the one-meter at Big Ten Championships with a collegiate best 281.10… placed 12th in the three-meter at Big Ten Championships… Iowa’s top team scorer at Big Ten Championships… recorded five first-place finishes… named the Nancilea Underwood Women’s Diving MVP… placed fourth on the three-meter synchronized event with Hawkeye teammate Deidre Freeman at the 2010 AT&T National Diving Championships… placed third at the NCAA Zone D Championships on the three-meter… letterwinner.

2008-09 — Won three-meter vs. Northwestern with a collegiate-best 302.62… that score ranks sixth in school history… her collegiate-best 272.10 on one-meter at Missouri Invite ranks 10th in school history… placed 18th on three-meter (265.25) and 23rd on one-meter (228.15)at NCAA Qualifier… recorded 12 top-three finishes… Academic All-Big Ten… placed seventh on three-meter synchro with Hawkeye teammate Deidre Freeman at 2009 U.S. Diving Nationals… won three-meter synchro event with Freeman and placed seventh on individual one-meter at 2009 National Preliminary Zone C meet… letterwinner.

2007-08 — Won three-meter (236.55) vs. Minnesota… recorded five top-five finishes… scored collegiate bests on one-meter (260.85) and three-meter (270.76)… letterwinner.

High School — Two-time state champion and two-time state runner-up on one-meter… All-American and team captain as a senior… set six and 11-dive school records on one-meter… high school coach was Tony Kramer… club coach was Bob Rydze… ran on the shuttle hurdle relay that won the state meet and Drake Relays… track team captain senior year.

Personal — Born Aug. 15, 1988… daughter of Bob and Elaine Rydze… father is University of Iowa diving coach… mother is Coe College cross country coach… biology major.

Rydze’s Collegiate Bests

Event Score Meet Date
One-Meter 325.28 Western Illinois 2/3/12
Three-Meter 358.45 at Big Ten Championships 2/16/11