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First African-American Diving Champion Makes History
Wright first black diver to win national title

Feb. 11, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — USA Diving officials say Michael Wright’s national championship win in the men’s 1-meter springboard competition makes him the first African-American national champion in USA Diving’s history.

Wright, a 22-year-old senior at Tennessee, won the title Monday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships. He was third after the preliminary round but outpointed David Bonuchi 390-360 on the judges’ scorecards in the final. Weston Wieser finished third.

After competing for the Volunteers as a junior last spring, Wright is redshirting the 2009-10 season. He transferred to UT from Indian River Community College in 2008.

Wright is the first black member of Tennessee’s swimming and diving team.

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