March 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bianca Alvarez, a senior from Miami, Fla., was named 2012 Big Ten Diver of the Year award after her performance at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, March 15-17.

Alvarez capped her senior year with a second-place finish on the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA Championships, earning the eighth All-America honor of her career. This was her second accolade of the meet as she earned ninth place on the 1-meter, good for an honorable mention All-America award.

Before her strong showing at the national meet, Alvarez earned Big Ten titles on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards in Iowa. This was Alvarez’s first and second Big Ten wins of her career. She was awarded Big Ten co-Diver of the Meet after her performance at the conference championships.

Alvarez is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. The neuroscience and psychology major came back from injury in the 2008-09 season to become the first Buckeye Big Ten Diver of the Year since Aimee Hogan won the award in 1996.