Cal Freshman Nicholas Hart Retires from Diving

Nick Hart, a freshman at the University of California-Berkeley, announced last month on Instagram his decision to retire from the sport of diving.

His statement, which can also be viewed in his Instagram caption below:

I’m incredibly thankful for all of the amazing memories, opportunities, and friends diving has given to me. Diving has been one of the biggest pieces of who I am for what feels like my entire life and it will always have a very special place in my heart. I’ve gained so many skills that I will be able to carry forward in everything I do. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to retire from the sport. Thank you to everyone who has stood by my side, supporting me through the good times and the hard times. A very bittersweet goodbye to this chapter of my life ❤️

Hart, originally from Indiana, competed at one meet for the Golden Bears: the 2019 Trojan Diving Invite in November. There, he was third in 3-meter, fifth in platform, and sixth in 1-meter.

In high school, Hart finished in the top eight at several USA Diving Junior Championships. He also competed at the 2016 FINA World Junior Diving Championships, where he finished 12th in 3-meter.

So far, the only Cal diver to compete this year has been Hart. Senior Connor Callahan and junior Johnny Robinson are both still on the roster after competing at NCAAs last year, but have yet to dive competitively this year. Callahan is entered in the upcoming UCLA Diving Invite this weekend, while Robinson is not.

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NONA
10 months ago

Best of luck to him, but “retiring” is such a euphemism. Until your eligibility is up, it is quitting. There can be completely valid reasons for that, and it is everyone’s right to make the best decision for themselves, but it is what it is.

The Ready Room
Reply to  NONA
10 months ago

Is there a difference between quitting and retiring other than the connotation of the word itself?

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  NONA
10 months ago

comment with your own name if you are such high pedestal lady who never quits anything….. It is not what it is, they sign a scholarship but they have right to opt of it as much as school has. End of story,

Swimfan27
10 months ago

So you go through the recruiting process to get into UC Berkeley, and then you quit? Hmmm

Brian M
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Adam
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

Don’t knock the hustle.

let me get uhhh
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

hey, don’t hate the player hate the game.

DravenOP
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

Hard work and lots of time commitment. It isn’t for everybody, no need to be rude.

Swimfan27
Reply to  DravenOP
10 months ago

Yep, that is indeed what it means to be a college student athlete. But okay liberal.

DravenOP
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

“But okay liberal.” Ok?

eagleswim
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

which he no longer is… haha this kid is saying that he will no longer be a student athlete and you’re basically saying “well then he’s no student athlete!”

How bizarre.

Swamfan
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

Ok, boomer

Horninco
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

Not knowing his physical/emotional situation maybe it’s inappropriate to comment at this time? Not everything is as presented on social media

Sven
Reply to  Swimfan27
10 months ago

So it must be a pretty good reason.

Quack
10 months ago

If the only reason he was admitted to Cal was because he was a recruited athlete pushed in for diving, then you could say he stole a spot admissions from students who’ve spent their whole academic careers trying to get in. He shouldn’t deserve to be a Berkeley student at that point.

If you sign an NLI and end up quitting before your eligibility is up, the following year you should end up having to have your admissions file re-read and considered for standard academic admissions. Put them in the same pool with all the other applicants.

Admin
Reply to  Quack
10 months ago

Quack – you’re making the assumption that admission to elite universities is purely an academic matter. Read any interview with admissions staff at any of these big time schools and they’ll tell you that they look as the applicant as a whole person – meaning that they value achievements in high school athletics even if that student isn’t participating in athletics at that school. These schools believe in high achievers. No you don’t get into Cal without good grades, but being a high achiever can mean more than just a 4.85 GPA in high school.

Swim mom
Reply to  Quack
10 months ago

You are making an assumption he is staying enrolled at Cal. Best of luck to Nick in whatever his future holds. Young adults change their minds. Their dreams and directions can change and that’s ok. Instead of making assumptions and criticizing him let’s wish him well. Has anyone ever considered hurtful comments can actually harm these student “athletes”?

Dawn Hart
Reply to  Swim mom
10 months ago

❤️ Swim Mom

Dawn Hart
Reply to  Quack
10 months ago

A) He’s not a Berkeley student anymore. He didn’t steal a spot “just to get admitted”. There were many factors involved in this difficult and emotional decision for him and our whole family, none of which are your business. Furthermore, he wasn’t “pushed in for diving”. He “spent his whole academic and athletic careers trying to get in” (EARN a scholarship) as much as any other student. A bit presumptuous to assume he didn’t have the grades don’t you think? Diving competitively since the age of 8, he trained full-time in high school to compete at an elite level AND maintained a very high GPA including honors and AP courses. He also had the added stress of dealing with a… Read more »

Corn Pop
Reply to  Dawn Hart
10 months ago

You tell’em Dawn.

Dive_Mom
Reply to  Dawn Hart
10 months ago

Nick is a terrific young man, smart, talented, and a hard worker. He’s going to be great on the next step of his journey. He’ll always be part of the diving family.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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