Freshman Friday: Matthew Barnard
Feb. 7, 2014
Matthew Barnard (Diving)
This Friday’s post we take a look at a diver, Matthew, who joined the Men’s Swimming & Diving team this semester. Barnard has made an impact for Minnesota and has already competed in the dual meet against N.C. State (scored 321.68 for third place on the one-meter and 375.45 for second place on the three-meter) and the B1G Triple Duals (took fourth place in the one-meter with a 319.15 and second place finish in the three-meter with a score of 377.75).
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Past Team: Trains at Australia’s National Training Center
Accomplishments: One of the Top Ranked Junior Divers in the World
Why did you decide to dive for Minnesota?
Two main reasons brought me to dive for Minnesota. Firstly, Wenbo Chen is world renowned as one of the greatest coaches and secondly, the entire team felt like a single unit who supported one another in both individual and team endeavors.
What are you looking forward to the most with starting your Golden Gopher collegiate career?
I am most looking forward to competing with a large team who have common goals and desires as myself.
Thus far, what has been your best or most proud diving memory?
To date, my proudest diving moment was placing 3rd at the 2012 World Junior Diving Championships in the 3 meter synchronized event. This was in front of a home crowd in Adelaide, Australia with my synchro partner at the time.
What do you like to do for fun besides diving?
In my spare time I like to relax with friends or go to the beach.
How do you think you will contribute to the Gopher swimming and diving program?
I hope my contribution to the Gopher swimming and diving program will be positive. Within my 4 years I will strive to see the men’s program as the number one school in the Big Ten Conference.