Q&A: Gophers diver Sarah Bacon on setting school record for national titles

Gophers senior diver Sarah Bacon became the first female athlete in school history to capture three or more national titles.

We caught up with the champion, native of Indianapolis, before she left for training for the World Cup and the Olympics.

***Click the video box above to watch our conversation with Bacon***

Bacon swept both of the springboard diving events last weekend to claim her third and fourth career NCAA titles. She had previously won the one-meter in both 2018 and 2019.

Last weekend’s performances from the eight-time All-American did more than just add to her trophy case, however. With four individual NCAA titles to her name, Bacon is now both the winningest woman in Minnesota school history in any sport, the next closest having only two. She’s also only the third Minnesota student-athlete to ever record an NCAA three-peat performance in any sport after having won the past three titles in the one-meter. The last Minnesota athlete to do so was John Roethlisberger, who three-peated for the men’s gymnastics team in the all-around from 1991-93.

Bacon was also named an All-American in both springboard events for her efforts at last week’s 2021 NCAA Championships, and the Big Ten Diver of the Year.

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