Michael Hixon

Diving

Height: 5’ 8″
Birthdate: July 16, 1994
Hometown: Amherst, Mass.
Current Residence: Bloomington, Ind.
Education: Indiana University (2018, majoring in economic consulting)
Club:
TriSynerG Diving
Coach: Drew Johansen
National Team:
 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

 

Biography:
Michael is the son of Mandy and David Hixon. He has an older brother, Matthew, and started diving when he was 7 years old. His mom dove at Ohio State and is the diving coach at the University of Massachusetts. Mandy coached Michael up until he began his college career. Michael’s dad is the long-time basketball coach at Amherst College. Michael enjoys basketball, golf, running and biking, and he would like to be a diving coach when he is older. Michael won NCAA titles on 1-meter and 3-meter for the University of Texas in 2014 before transferring to Indiana University. He trains five hours a day, and his favorite dive is 407C (inward 3 1/2 somersaults, tuck). He says the mental aspect of the sport is the hardest part about his training. He likes to listen to rap music between dives when he is competing. Michael describes himself as focused, determined and hard-working.

Highlights:

  • Two-time World Championships team member (fifth in synchronized 3-meter in 2013; won bronze on 1-meter and placed 13th on 3-meter in 2015)
  • 2016 World Cup team member (finalist on 3-meter)
  • Two-time World Junior Championships medalist (1-meter bronze in 2012, synchronized 3-meter silver in 2010)
  • 2010 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist (3-meter)
  • 2011 Junior Pan American champion on 3-meter (bronze medalist in 2009)
  • 2011 national champion on 1-meter (also has four runner-up finishes on the event)
  • Best individual finish on 3-meter at nationals is second (at 2015 USA Diving Winter National Championships)
  • Nine-time junior national champion (five on 1-meter, three on 3-meter, one on synchronized 3-meter)
  • 2014 NCAA champion on 1-meter and 3-meter

Results:

Related Articles


More Stories ›