Matt Barnard
Matt  Barnard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brisbane, Australia

High School:
Ormiston College

Event:
Diving


03/23/2016

Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Laurels

The Big Ten Conference has recognized 69 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

03/23/2016

Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Laurels

The Big Ten Conference has recognized 69 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

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2015-16 Junior Season: Named MVP by teammates • Earned All-America status at the 2016 NCAA Championships after placing 7th on 3-meter and 9th on platform; also finished 19th on 1-meter • Won 3-meter Big Ten Title, finished 4th on platform and 6th on 1-meter at the 2016 Big Ten Championships • Named Big Ten Diver of the Week six times during the regular season • Tallied 12 first-place marks • Swept diving competition at the Jean Freeman Invite, Iowa and Wisconsin • At the 2016 Minnesota Challenge, Barnard broke the Minnesota school record for the second time this season with 450.95 points • At the 2015 Jean Freeman Invite, Barnard broke school records in both 3-meter (446.40) and platform diving (475.40) • Notched career best score on 1-meter board (378.60) with sweep at Iowa. 

2014-15 Sophomore Season: Most Valuable Performer, voted by team • All-American • At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Barnard took home the bronze in platform diving, while recording a new Minnesota school record of 473.80 points. Barnard also finished 26th in 3m and 36th in 1m diving (3/26-3/28) • To qualify for the NCAA Championships, Barnard placed 9th in 1m, 5th in 3m and 8th on platform at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships (3/9-3/11) • During the 2015 Big Ten Conference Championships, Barnard finished 4th on platform, 9th on 3m and 35th on 1m (2/26-2/28) • Finished 3rd on 1m and 1st on 3m during the 2015 Minnesota Challenge (2/7) • Placed 3rd on both 3m and platform against Northwestern and Purdue (1/30-1/31) • Finished 1st on 1m and 2nd on 3m at N.C. State (1/23-1/24) • Finished 1st on 1m and 2nd on 3m at Florida (11/8) • Against Iowa, Barnard finished 4th in 1m and 3rd in 3m (10/31) • Placed 3rd on 1m boards and 2nd in 3m diving competition against North Dakota (10/24) • Won both the 1m and 3m diving competitions against Wisconsin (10/17) • Finished 3rd on 1m and 2nd on 3m at Arizona State (10/4).

2013-2014 Freshman Season: Letterwinner • At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Barnard suffered injury on 3m diving that prevented him in competing in the platform diving contest, his favorite event. He finished 31st in 1m and 30th in 3m (3/27-3/28) • Finished 2nd on platform at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships (3/10-3/12) • Finished 9th on platform, 8th on 3m and 14th on 1m at the 2014 Big Ten Championships (2/21-3/1) • Recorded a 4th place finish in 1m diving at the 2015 Minnesota Challenge (2/8) • Finished 4th in 1m and 2nd in 3m against Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Triple Dual (1/31) • Made his collegiate debut against N.C. State where he finished 3rd in 1m and 2nd in 3m (1/24) • Became eligible following the Fall 2013 semester.

High School: 2013 graduate of Ormiston College • Coached by Michael Martens and Xianging Chen • Five-time Junior National Champion • Three-time Australian Junior Diver of the Year • Two-time Junior World Championships competitor • Australian National Team Member • FINA Grand Prix Competitor • Considers most memorable sports thrill when he took home a bronze medal in 3-meter synchronized diving at the 2012 FINA Junior World Championships in front of a hometown crowd.  

Personal: Born November 3, 1995 • Son of John and Sue Barnard • Has one older brother, Michael • Enjoys watching movies, cooking, rugby and cricket. 



Top Scores at Minnesota
Event

Time

Date
1-meter 378.60 10/30/15
3-meter 450.95* 2/6/16
Platform 475.40* 12/4/15

* indicates Minnesota record

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