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Canadian diver Bryden Hattie has committed to the University of Tennessee. Hattie will join the Volunteers in the fall of 2021.
The 18-year old Hattie is a member of the Diving Canada Junior National Team. He dives for the club Boardworks under coach Tommy McLeod in Victoria, British Columbia, and specializes in the platform events. That is the same club that produced Olympian Riley McCormick, who was an NCAA runner-up for Arizona State, and World Juniors bronze medalist Rachel Kemp.
Hattie already has international results on his resume. In 2018, he finished 8th on the 3-meter and 9th on platform at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 6th on platform at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and 11th in platform synchro at a stop of the FINA World Cup.
The Tennessee diving program has a lot of strong history. 30-year head coach Dave Parrington is a 15-time SEC Diving Coach of the Year and 2013 CSCAA National Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. He’s coached 9 NCAA Champions and 43 SEC Champions in his time with the Volunteers.
The Tennessee men scored 186 at the SEC Championships in diving in 2020. Their 89 points on the 3-meter, 50 points on 1-meter, and 47 points on platform made up a huge chunk of their scoring en route to a 6th-place finish at the SEC Championships. In fact, 3-meter was their highest-scoring event by 31 points.
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