Name: Abi Knapton
Sport: Diving
Height: 5'8"
DOB: 4/23/1998
Birthplace: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
College: University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
Team/Club: Nebraska Diving Club
Coach(es): Natasha Chikina
Other Career Highlights
  • NCAA First Team All-American (2017, 2018)
Personal: Daughter of Emily and Jeffrey...She has one sister, Nettie-Clare, who is also a diver...Her interests and hobbies include photography, journaling, reading, outdoor activities, embroidery and crafting...She studies Psychology and Nursing...Her father, Jeffrey, was an All-American defensive lineman for University of Wyoming and was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams in 1987...Her mother, Emily, is the co-author Get Set for School by Learning Without Tears...Abi began diving at 14 years. She had started gymnastics when she was three and was a Level 8 gymnast...She had one minor concussion while competing at junior nationals during the 3-meter event...Abi was named first-team CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2017 and 2018...She was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018. ...She was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2017, 2018)...She was also named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)...During the winter, Abi travels for training to Mizzou or University of Iowa a couple times a month (six hours one way) during competition season as Nebraska does not have an indoor 10-meter tower...She dove with Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson while visiting Texas...Her lifelong dream is to become a Nurse Practitioner...Between dives, Abi likes to read, listen to music and visualize her dives...Her favorite artists to listen to are Imagine Dragons, Jon Bellion or AJR and her favorite music genre is oldies (70's/80's music)...Her favorite dive is anything with a reverse...For the 2019 season Abi has learned two new 10-meter dives. She also added a 305C to her 1-meter list...For the 2019 season, Abi hopes to gain more competition experience at a higher level...Not having a full platform tower to train on is the hardest part about Abi's training...Leading up to competition, Abi usually snacks on granola bars or pretzels...Her favorite meal outside of competition is a BLT with sweet potato fries...If she could do anything outside of diving, she would love to be a pilot in the Air Force. If she had to do another sport, she thinks rowing would be cool...Abi's favorite diver is Brittany Viola...She describes herself as passionate, creative and determined...Her favorite TV shows are Grey's Anatomy and Friends...Her favorite movie is Footloose...If Abi could meet anyone, it would be Lily James