Immaculate Heart High School senior Maggie Denison, an Olympic hopeful and All-American diver, has signed a letter of intent with UCLA, where she plans to compete next fall on the university’s Division 1 diving team.

For three years in a row, the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association has selected Denison for its All-American Diving Team. Last summer Denison competed in the Diving Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn., where she placed third in the nation in her age group (16-18) on the three-meter board.

Based on her performance at Nationals, Denison has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, to be held June 18-24, in Federal Way, Wash. She will be among 100 divers from across the country vying for one of the few spots on the U.S. Olympic Team, which will compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Denison, the daughter of Michael and Teresa Denison of Pasadena, trains six days a week at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. An Immaculate Heart scholar-athlete, she holds the CIF-Southern Section record in both Division 3 and Division 4 diving.

“Maggie is a tremendous athlete and scholar, and yet very unassuming about her success,” noted IH athletic director Maureen Rodriguez. “Immaculate Heart congratulates her on her many accomplishments and wishes her success on her future diving career at UCLA.”

The school community recently celebrated Denison’s achievement in signing ceremonies on campus. By signing a national letter of intent to participate in UCLA’s NCAA Division 1 program, Denison will receive an athletic scholarship. 

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