Position
Diving
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Richmond, Texas
High School
Foster HS

2008 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (1-meter)
2008 SEC Women’s Diver of the Year
2008 SEC Champion (1-meter)
2008 SEC Runner-up (3-meter)
2008 First-Team All-SEC
2008 LSU Most Outstanding Diver Award
2007 NCAA First-Team All-American (Platform)
2007 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (1-meter)
2006-07 SEC Freshman Diver of the Year

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)
Arguably the Lady Tigers’ top performer … The best female diver in the SEC and one of the top divers in the country … Placed 12th in the 1-meter springboard to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors at the NCAAs … Named the SEC Female Diver of the Year after a sensational performance at the SEC Championships … Joined teammate Paige Brown as the first LSU divers to earn All-SEC honors since Barb Horst was named to the team in 2003 … Reached the finals in all three diving events at the SEC Championships … Emerged victorious in the 1-meter (315.55) at the SECs … Became LSU’s first conference champion in that event since 2001 … Captured runner-up honors in the 3-meter springboard at the same competition with a career-high score of 328.85 … Her 3-meter mark registered as the fourth-highest score in program history … Swept both springboard events against the seventh-ranked Florida Gators … Recorded a victory in the 1-meter versus No. 4 Texas A&M … Finished second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Took home top honors in the 3-meter competition at No. 20 Florida State with a six-dive total of 291.10 … Won the 1-meter title against Alabama and Vanderbilt … Voted the team’s most outstanding diver at the annual banquet … Earned her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)
The top freshman diver in the SEC and one of the elite freshman divers in the nation … Enjoyed the best freshman season at LSU in nearly 10 years and was voted the SEC Freshman Diver of the Year … Became only the third freshman in school history to earn multiple All-America accolades in the same season … Placed eighth in the championship final of the platform to earn first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships (244.75) … Scored a mark of 280.20 in the platform prelims … Joined Hali Saucier in becoming the first LSU diver to earn a top-eight finish in the platform since Barb Gorst in 2002 … Earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 1-meter in her first event at NCAAs … Was the second highest scoring freshman in the finals of the 1-meter at NCAAs with a 14th-place finish (323.90) … That score registered as the second-best mark in school history … Became the first LSU freshman diver to post an All-America score since Ashley Culpepper in 1998 … Was the Lady Tigers’ highest scorer in the 3-meter at NCAAs by placing 25th in the prelims (293.55) … Qualified for NCAAs with a sixth-place mark in the 1-meter at the NCAA Zone B Regional (525.95) … Reached championship finals in two of three events at the SEC Championships and was the lone freshman in the league to post top-10 scores in all three events during the season … Finished 10th in the 3-meter (267.10), eighth in the 1-meter (271.65) and sixth in the platform (226.60) at SECs … Tallied four wins and five second-place finishes in dual-meet competition, which included a sweep of both boards in an upset over Alabama … Tied for first place in the 1-meter in her first career event at No. 1 Auburn … Recipient of the team’s Newcomer Award at the annual banquet … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
A two-time 4A state champion and two-time NISCA All-American at Foster High School … Has gathered plenty of national experience, most recently competing in the 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships … Finished fifth in the 1-meter final at that event … Also competed at the USA Diving Senior Zone C Championships, taking fifth in the 1-meter and eighth in the 3-meter … Won the 3-meter at the 2006 Junior Summer Region Seven Championships … Coached by Toni Schramme.

PERSONAL
Born Oct. 26, 1987, in Houston, Texas … Parents are Kevin and Gayla Ware … Majoring in psychology.

RACHEL’S TOP SCORES
1-meter (six dives) 323.90 2007 NCAA Championships
3-meter (six dives) 328.85 2008 SEC Championships
Platform (five dives) 280.20 2007 NCAA Championships

 

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